What To Do If Your Cat Suffers From Jaundice

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Jaundice in cats manifests itself as yellow discoloration of the eyes, gums, ear flaps, and skin of the animal. Foot pads also become yellowish. Jaundice equals high bilirubin levels in the blood. It is a serious illness. Cat jaundice is also called “icterus”.

Every cat is susceptible

Cats of any age, species, and sex could fall sick with jaundice. This disease becomes apparent when even the overweight cat with a healthy appetite loses its proclivity to food. If this continues, then a condition termed hepatic lipidosis may develop. The hepatic lipidosis disease is also known as feline fatty liver disorder.Jaundice happens when an excess of bilirubin yellow pigment stacks up in the blood of the cat and also in its body tissues. The intensity of yellow increases with the quantity of bilirubin. Since cat skin is covered by fur, you can only find out whether your cat suffers from jaundice by looking at its eyes, ear flaps, gums, and foot pads. Detection becomes harder if your kitty has dark skin and gums. Jaundice is a symptom of serious illness.

Signs

If you own a cat, do look out for signs like anorexia or appetite loss in your car. Yellowed skin and weakness are another signs coupled with vomiting and diarrhea. Your cat's abdomen will suddenly be round and it will exhibit stomach discomfort signs. The cat's coat will turn rough and look poor. There will be a distinct absence of grooming. Dehydration and lethargy are common symptoms. Your cat will exhibit unusual behavior and if wounded, there will be prolonged bleeding. Your kitty will have difficulty breathing and will its urine will be of bright orange color. It will drink more water and urinate more. Fever is a surety.

Treatment

Your kitty could develop jaundice due to a number of problems located within their bodies. Treatment of jaundice depends on the individual cause. The list of causes includes liver disease which damage the liver cells and red blood cells destruction or hemolysis. Another frequent jaundice causing factor is the obstruction of the bile duct. If this happens, the bile ducts could be inflamed or the bile could become thick. The gallbladder may also be inflamed. It could also be caused by heartworm or liver enlargement. Other reasons could be pancreatic cancer, hepatic lipidosis, lymphoma, hepatic, and cholangiohepatitis. It can also be the deadly feline infectious peritonitis.Veterinarians treat the condition which caused jaundice rather than the disease itself. If they can successfully find it and subsequently treat it, then jaundice will automatically go away. For example, if the cause is a bacterial infection, the veterinarian prescribes steroids or antibiotics. The kitty may undergo chemotherapy if the vet finds liver cancer.

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