To build on what Natalie has written.  Jaundice is a sign of liver issues.  
Hepatic Lipidosis is cured by food.  Please tell your friend to get the kitty 
to a vet ASAP.  Time is of the essence.  She can either assist feed with a 
syringe or get an e-tube to get the calories into the kitty. It takes a real 
effort to get enought food into the kitty.  Many find it easier when using an 
e-tube.  It is not painful for the kitty.  Just makes it easier for the 
caretaker.  We say assist feed not force feed.  It is a state of mind.  You are 
assisting your cat to eat.  Please tell her to join the Feline Assisted Feeding 
They have great files and will offer lots of help.  It would be better if you 
friend joined so she could benefit directly.

 From: Natalie <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

It may not be just jaundice, it could be hepatic lipidosis, which is very 
serious! Blood test is a must, and force feeding, fluids (sub-q), and 
antibiotics are required!
I had a cat last summer that went down to 4.5 lbs, to the point where they 
wanted to insert a feeding tube through nose or surgically into stomach to 
which I said no, because I knew that I could force fed her small amounts all 
day long, and she would have been absolutely miserable with any of the two.  I 
mixed A-D with some hot water and meds, and used a syringe.  Within 2 weeks, 
her values were tremendously improved and she made a complete recovery.  
Hepatic lipidosis happens mostly to female cats. She was only about 1 ½ - 2 yrs 
old.  She is a very fussy eater, and I have finally found the one and only food 
that she will eat. BTW,  her prognosis was grim, and the vets were really 
surprised how I got her well in such a short time! The poor girl was through a 
lot, had a litter in the streets (only 2 survived), and we got her when she was 
already pregnant with second litter – too late to abort. 
[] On Behalf Of Maureen Olvey
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:23 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice
A friend of mine has two FeLV + cats, littermates about 8 months old, and one 
has developed jaundice.  He has lost a ton of weight also.  The last couple of 
days he doesn't want to eat although he's not laying around or lethargic.  
Anyone had experience with this?  Anything that can be done or is this the end 
for him?

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