I don't think your vet is very good, yellow is a sure sign of liver
failure and it doesn't happen overnight. Blood tests should have shown
there was a problem and if your vet didn't mention it I'd run to find
If Maverick wasn't eating well he probably developed hepatic lipidosis,
or fatty liver disease, this can happen after only a day or two of an
cat not eating enough. Even if a cat is eating but very little this can
happen, this is curable by syringe feeding or a feeding tube, in other
words food is the cure, no cat should die from this. Too many vets
don't pay attention when we tell them our cats aren't eating very much
or at all, this should be a huge red flag to any vet to investigate
further but so few do.
I am writing this email because too few people understand just how
deadly it is for a cat to go without food, it can kill them quickly.
That on top of the anemia was just too much for Maverick's compromised
body to deal with. Any vet who doesn't make a point of letting a client
know they need to get food into a cat that isn't eating enough isn't
worth anything in my book.
Please, please people, if your cat is not eating, syringe feed, spoon
feed, put food on your finger and put it in their mouths, get a feeding
tube put in ... fatty liver disease is almost always curable even when a
cat looks like it is on deaths door, food, enough food will almost
always bring the cat back ....
Many people think when a cat is sick and stops eating it is letting you
know it is ready to die, this is not always the case, think about it,
when you are feeling very sick do you feel like eating, I know I don't.
And with a cat, they feel sick, they don't eat, they don't eat, they get
weaker and feel sicker, they feel sicker, of course they aren't going to
eat. This cycle is going to obviously kill the cat if there is no
intervention. I will never understand why this is so hard to fathom.
All that said this is my own personal opinion and up front I am one of
those people who will go to extreme measures to try and save my furkids,
in some peoples minds maybe too far, but that is how I am and would want
the same for myself ... I have seen enough miracles happen when I have
been told my furkids aren't going to make it and I wouldn't give up and
they lived years longer ... that is why I have to keep trying. I know
not everyone is of the same mind and that is fine because we all have
our beliefs but when I see animals miss a chance because of a vet that
isn't very knowledgeable about something it just kills me.
I sorry for your loss Amy, Maverick is in a better place now. Take care ...
PS. I'm mad at the lack of care Maverick received from the
"professionals" not at anything you did, just wanted to make that clear.
happiness is being owned by cats ...
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