Animals can suffer from different diseases, similar to those of humans. And one of the ‘common’ pathologies we have with our pets affects the liver. In this article, we will tell you how to take care of a cat with hepatitis so that it can go through this situation in the best possible way.
Cat with hepatitis?
As a first step, it would be good to explain how hepatitis develops in cats. Without extending too much, you should know that this disease is an inflammation of the liver that has different causes, including:
- Hepatic lipidosis (accumulation of fatty tissue in the liver)
- Feline cholangiohepatitis (inflammation of the bile ducts by bacteria)
- Autoimmune or idiopathic hepatitis
- Liver tumors
You must take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible if you identify any or several of the following symptoms:
- unwilling to move
- general weakness
- without feeding for more than 24 hours
- strange behaviors
- meowing for no reason
- swollen belly
- without drinking water for more than a day
The professional will be in charge of performing a general checkup and taking blood to determine the diagnosis. The treatment indicated by the veterinarian will go hand in hand with the care that the owner offers the animal.
How to care for a cat with hepatitis
If the picture is severe, the veterinarian will recommend that the cat stays at least a few hours in the hospital, where they will compensate and hydrate it. When he starts feeling a little better – it doesn’t mean he has been cured of hepatitis yet – he will permit him to return home.
That’s where the owners must be engaged and pay close attention to what the animal needs. It is not necessary to stay next to the pet all day but to offer everything that could be required in our absence.
Feeding in a cat with hepatitis is the biggest ‘problem’ because due to illness he doesn’t want to eat anything, not even drink water. It is essential to be patient, but at the same time insistent that the pet ingests something.
You can try some soft and moist feed – those that come in sachets or cans – or even homemade food that the veterinarian has approved, such as tuna, pate, cheese, yogurt, etc. Try a small piece of roast chicken, as it sure opens your appetite.
The goal as an owner is to eat, even if you have to stay half an hour in front of him with a spoon in his hand. Keep in mind that, since your liver is sick, the food allowed should be all that is low in fat.
If the veterinarian authorizes it, you can also give certain medicinal herbs, which will be responsible for stimulating the appetite of the cat with hepatitis. Which are? Boldo, alcachoda, dandelion, alfalfa, and turmeric.
Some animal owners opt for alternative treatments such as Bach flowers. The medications are natural herbal and may include sweet chestnut, willow, honeysuckle or wild apple. Another alternative is homeopathy; You can consult a pet specialist.
On the other hand, rest is one of the best incentives for a cat with hepatitis (or with any other considerable illness). Therefore, we must offer you the best conditions at home: a comfortable bed, shelter, a quiet place to rest, etc.
If possible, we have to leave him alone most of the day, so that the animal can recover. If we are continually bothering you, even if it is in the interest of you feeling better, it can be counterproductive.
We cannot forget that cats are very sensitive and delicate in this regard: they do not like to be interrupted, loaded into their arms or forced to do certain things. Respect your pet without neglecting its main care and, in this way, it will be easier to cure the disease and continue to live happily as before.