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My cat was diagnosed with pancreatitis several months ago.

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We got her to eat...
My cat was diagnosed with pancreatitis several months ago. We got her to eat again but every couple of weeks she would stop eating but drink more. About a week ago she stopped eating. I've resorted to offering her all kinds of canned food. She likes up the gravy and eat a tiny bit of it. Today she only liked a little and stopped drinking water. She has lost a lot of weight. She is almost 16
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Cat Vet: Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. The problem with pancreatitis is that it can become a chronic issue in cats. In many cases, it helps to feed them a highly digestible, low fat diet (usually prescription from your vet), but getting cats to eat something different can sometimes be difficult. It is possible for the pancreas to do enough damage to itself that it stops producing proper enzymes for digestion. Sometimes they need to be supplemented with pancreatic enzyme powder. If that is the case, then they can also become diabetic because the pancreas is responsible for producing insulin. My concern with her age is that she may have a pancreatic tumor. Cats who go anorexic for more than 3 days are prone to a serious liver problem called hepatic lipidosis, so that is certainly a concern right now. My recommendation at this point would be to have your vet check her out and discuss getting an ultrasound done to see if the pancreas can be better evaluated for chronic inflammaton, destruction of tissue (necrosis) or a mass. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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