Cats are very good at hiding illness, however, weight loss is something even a cat can’t hide. Just like in humans, if a cat doesn’t take in enough calories a day to sustain itself, the body must process fat stores and muscle to make up the difference. Cats’ bodies are not very efficient at processing fat stores and when this occurs fat can build up in the liver. This can lead to an often serious liver problem known as Hepatic Lipidosis. This can occur in cats who have stopped eating even for just a day or two. And chances are that by the time weight loss is noticeable that the cat has lost a significant percentage of its body weight.
Symptoms to look for:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
Many times a cat will stop eating or lose weight in conjunction with a simple and not life-threatening problem such as an upper respiratory infection. If the original problem isn’t treated such that the weight loss or appetite loss is allowed to continue the cat can end up with a life-threatening liver problem which is much more serious than the original illness ever could have been. If your cat has any sort of illness try to treat it promptly, and if you notice that your cat has been losing weight or hasn’t been eating contact your vet asap.