Friday, January 28, 2011

Au Has Liver Disease

We got the blood test results back, and the vet says they indicate mild to moderate liver disease.  However, she says not to panic, as A) the liver regenerates, and B) Au is a tough kitty.

Au has to eat I/D biscuits for a few weeks, and she also recommended lots of roast chicken.  I'm not kidding.  She says that if I roast a chicken in the oven, and give him only the breast meat, his favourite, then that's low fat and ideal for kitties with a poor liver.

So I'm roasting a chicken as we speak.  However, the results don't explain why Au has lost his appetite.  We're giving him Vitamin B tablets every morning to spike his appetite, and we're hoping he'll pick up from here.

Will keep you posted....

PPS Anyone who knows about blood tests, Au's are posted here.

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40 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

Do strange liver enzymes make kitties nauseous? My Chuckles had a dicey tummy with his bad kidneys. Valium is an effective appetite stimulant if he refuses his chikkun. (as if!)
Big Purrs that Au starts to feel better! Good thing you took him in for a check up.

BeadedTail said...

We hope Au gets better and we're sure he'll enjoy the chicken!

The Lee County Clowder said...

So Au's treatment is to eat lots and lots of fresh, roasted chick-ken?? How do WE get this liver disease? :-)

Still sending healing purrrrrrss.

pointe.csl said...

Lots of hugs and purrs for Au. Hope he gets better soon with all the roast chicken the vet has prescribed.

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Oh my friend... I'm so sorry to hear this. I really hope you feel better, and be sure to nom a lot of that chicken!

Us4 Cats said...

We are sending loud Purrs to Au right now. We hope he eats up the chicken and also that he feels better soon !!!
: purrs, purrs, purrs :

Mr Puddy said...

Au, You are cool !! tough kitty ! I can tell your mom has a strong personality as well.
I still remember how your mom got you. You are always be a survivor. Real nine life !!!
But Hey!.. it doesn't mean you don't need my purrs.
I purrs purrs purrs for you, My Lovely Buddy !
I hope everything will be ok.

xxx
Puddy

PS : I always love to hear more about you. I wish I can hear from you so soon : )

AL said...

Aww poor little kitty, I know I have missed a lot from you and Au lately, I hope Au will get better soon and I know Au will surely like it!

Huffle Mawson said...

I send my best purrs to Au! Being sick is No Good.

Everycat said...

Poor Au, but we think that roast chicken on demand is a very good treatment, yum. We wondered if liver problems can sometimes be a bit sore, so maybe that has put Au off his food a bit?

We are senidng huge rumbly purrs to Au (andyou) to help Au feel much better very soon

Whicky Wuudler
Oliver
& Gerry

sully86 said...

get better soon au

Ginger said...

So sorry to hear this but glad his prognosis is good!

Brian said...

Well my sisters and I are all sending purrs to you sweet Au! Eat your chicken my friend!!!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

The liver is a wondrous organ when things are caught in time!

Khyra will khross her paws!

We'll be thinking of all of you!

The Island Cats said...

We're purring for Au and hope he recovers. How lucky that one of the treatments is roast chicken!!

We'll be back with a post for the Carnival!

Cat said...

I'm confused...on you 25 January blogpost, Au was hungry and begging for chicken...what could have made him lose his appetite since then if it isn't the liver problem...poor baby...we all hope he is feeling all better very, very soon and that he is back to demanding his chicken via the 3 second meows. Purrs from all of us, Lautrec, Tiny and barking Ellwood

Kea said...

We're sending our loudest purrs to Au, hoping he will be well, will eat and get better!

Annie's appetite stimulant was mirtazapine, 1/4 of a pill. It's an anti-depressant with hunger as its side-effect.

Julie said...

I know Au will receive the best care from you and get better soon. Sending hugs and purrs!

Cezar and Léia said...

oh gosh...I'm sending love and good energies, I wish Au a faster recover!
love you dear friends,
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Neri said...

aww, au! but those roast cikkun ought to do you good. i hope you'll enjoy them and you feel better soon mighty quick!

Cory said...

We are all purring for you Au. We think you have the best mom in the world for roasting chickens for you!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Roast chickhan is very good Au - it is bestest slightly warm although I never refuse it cold!!!
Hope you soon feel better - luv Hannah xx (& Lucy xx)

The Whiskeratti said...

You have our purrayers, Au, but it seems things are well in paw. Hugs to you and your Mom!

The Paw Relations said...

Sending lots of purrs and positive thoughts to Au

The Cat From Hell said...

Dear Au,
My companion Hissy Old Licorice had liver disease and he lived until 19! You's gets lots of roast chicken and other goodies.
lots of purrs!
Nellie

Cheri said...

Hope Au eats his chicken. Milk Thistle herb in powdered form is good to heal the liver.

Cats of Wildcat Woods

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Glad you know what to do for Au. We're sure he won't have any problem with the roasted chicken part of the recovery. We hope his appetite will be back soon.

Eric and Flynn said...

We are sending purrs for a speedy recovery Au. Make the most of all that yummy roast chick-hen.

Mishkat said...

Hi Ellen, Au, and Target -
Just happened to see this when we came on to check Blogger dashboard. The cats and I are sending many purrs and good thoughts to Au, and also to you. We hope Au regains his appetite soon.

Love and purrs from Katie, Franklin, Dobby, and Tasha

Admiral Hestorb said...

BIG BIG loud purrs for my buddy Au. And nose licks too. And love.

=^..^= said...

Hurrow Au & Target! Thank you so much fur visiting our blog.

Oh, Au... we hope you get better super soon! Mommy feeds us boiled chicken breast to cut down on the fat and load up on the protein. We dun really understand all that. All we really want is FOOD.

Get well soon, Au!

*purrs*
Slash & Bronzy

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

Au, we are purraying that you start feeling better and keep on eating that chicken!

meowmeowmans said...

We are still purring and praying real hard for Au to get better! Nom that chicken, Au ... it's not every day you get an opportunity like this one. (((Purrs and hugs)))

Ikaika said...

Sorry to hear Au has some liver issues going on. Can you get the herb milk thistle in liquid form where you are? Here is a link to a site called PetWellbeing.com:

http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/cat-liver-disease

You might check with your vet to see if this might be an potion for Au. I can tell you from personal experience that milk thistle works wonders for humans with liver disease. Best wishes for a full recover for Au.

'Kaika's mom

Cat with a Garden said...

We just read about Au feeling poorly. Oh noes! It's good to hear that the liver regenerates though. We see lots and lots of roasted chicken in your future, Au. Take care!
Many purrs,
Siena & Chilli

Catsparella said...

Purrs for Au <3

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

sending purrs and prayers for Au....didn't read this til now and commented on another post of yours earlier.

If roast chicken makes Au feel better than roast chicken it is! I hope his appetite comes back soon. Thinking of you! (((((hugs))))

Dizzyjules said...

Oh dear. I myself have quite a sensitive liver and my medical report a few years ago was pretty alarming as well. I had high readings of SGPT n SGOT, 2 enzymes found in liver cells.

I was told the reason why the readings were so high was because the liver cells were disintegrating and getting into the bloodstream, indicating a weak liver.

I put myself on supplements and the readings improved significantly over the years. They're now back to normal. I also had to be careful with what I eat - cut down on alcohol, go for fresh foods, use an organic cleaner at home on fruits n veggies.

For pets who wander outdoors a lot it is quite unavoidable for them to step on something potentially toxic or dirty then they lick themselves n get the stuff into their bodies. Their liver will then need to work harder to clear up the junk so it's important for us to help keep their liver healthy (same goes for humans).

Perhaps the vet can recommend some kind of supplement for Au and I hope the big boy will be back to his old self real soon!!!

catsynth said...

We hope Au does get better. Sending him lots of healing thoughts and purrs.

Ummu Zol said...

Wish u speedy recovery Au. Hugs n kisses to u.