kitten with liver shunt
Beverly

Calgary, Canada

#21 Dec 8, 2010
I have a cat with a liver shunt. He was diagnosed this year, he is 10 years old. He had all they symptoms, failure to thrive, copper eyes, drooling, seizures, uncordinated, weak, wall staring. I was sure I would have to put him down. The vet kept telling me no, we can help him. Turns out they could. He is on antibiotics and lactulose and low protein food. He is doing very well. No more episodes so far. He has gained about 3 pounds. THere is no reason to put down a cat with liver shunt, they can be medically managed or have surgery.
shelley

Bristol, UK

#22 Jan 8, 2011
ELIZABETH wrote:
JUST HAD BIRMAN KITTEN,AND SHE HAS GOT DRIPPING DIOHRIA.BEEN TO THE VET AND AMONGST OTHER THINGS THINKS SHE MAY HAVE A LIVER SHUNT.HAVE READ MANY OF THE ABOVE,AND AM SCARED IN CASE SHE HAS.I LOVE HER SO MUCH,HAVE ONLY HAD HER 3 DAYS.
have you contacted the breeder , if so what has she said , hope shes ok
autumn

Mableton, GA

#23 May 2, 2011
yes i just lost my 8 mounth old kitten to the same thing. i know its hard but we do all we can.
Tammy and Taz

Easthampton, MA

#24 Aug 13, 2011
catherine wrote:
oh, and my sweetheart of a cat loved to play. She just required more maintenance in terms of health. Vets don't know a lot about liver shunts in cats. Its rare in cats and I learned by trial and error because no one could help me. I can give you an email address if you want to contact me that way.
Looking for info from Catherine regarding caring for a kitten that may have liver disease. Please help me help this cute little kittie!
Tammy and Taz

Easthampton, MA

#25 Aug 13, 2011
I have a 2 mos old kitten that's mother abandoned it about 6 wks ago. A coworker bottle fed her and couldn't keep her so she gave her to me. Had her two days and noticed she was having seizures. Some subtle and others very severe. My vet has no insight except "see a neurologist". Can anyone give me some advise on how to manage these seizures? Diet seems to be key if liver disease is her problem. Watching her seize breaks my heart, but seeing her play keeps me thinking she can be helped! Thanks!My email is tammy_clarke@msn.com
Tammy and Taz

Easthampton, MA

#26 Aug 13, 2011
Beverly wrote:
I have a cat with a liver shunt. He was diagnosed this year, he is 10 years old. He had all they symptoms, failure to thrive, copper eyes, drooling, seizures, uncordinated, weak, wall staring. I was sure I would have to put him down. The vet kept telling me no, we can help him. Turns out they could. He is on antibiotics and lactulose and low protein food. He is doing very well. No more episodes so far. He has gained about 3 pounds. THere is no reason to put down a cat with liver shunt, they can be medically managed or have surgery.
Appreciate the positive words. Have a kitten that is having seizures and think that shunting may be the cause. Would love any further tips to help keep her alive and healthier!

Tammy & "Taz"
Julie

Brandon, MS

#27 Jun 14, 2012
catherine wrote:
oh, and my sweetheart of a cat loved to play. She just required more maintenance in terms of health. Vets don't know a lot about liver shunts in cats. Its rare in cats and I learned by trial and error because no one could help me. I can give you an email address if you want to contact me that way.
I see this is an old post but my 3 year old cat was just diagnosed with mulitiple shunts. The vet did not put him on ANY medication or tell me to change his diet. I have changed his diet on my own. Feeding him my senior cats k/d. I know he will need medication and other things as well if he is to thrive. ANY information you have will be much apprecitated as my vet seems to know NOTHING
Enass

Vaucluse, Australia

#28 Jun 21, 2012
Julie wrote:
<quoted text>
I see this is an old post but my 3 year old cat was just diagnosed with mulitiple shunts. The vet did not put him on ANY medication or tell me to change his diet. I have changed his diet on my own. Feeding him my senior cats k/d. I know he will need medication and other things as well if he is to thrive. ANY information you have will be much apprecitated as my vet seems to know NOTHING
My 9 month old kitten was recently diagnosed with a shunt in the liver. He also prescrbed no mediction and just gave me a biiig box of k/d and told me to give her small amounts of it. Shes lost so much weight in such a small mount of time, shes just fur on bones. My vets only had 3 similar cases and theyve all put their cats down. I need some advice on how to deal with it because shes not getting much better. Any adviceor experiences will help!
julie

Australia

#29 Jun 28, 2012
we got a 6 week old kitten who was happy for a week and then kept vomiting everywhere. we took him to the vet 3 times and the first vet said it probably was liver shunt but gave him some medication as I thought he had ingested soap powder that someone left spilt on the floor in laundry. he was good for few days and then was vomiting alot so back he went and the next vet gave him antibiotics. he was good for few days and then vomiting again. so much liquid for a kitten I thought he would die but then the next day he was up again but went downhill after a week so we took him back and got the first vet again who said its liver shunt. they hospitalised him to take some blood but he was skin and bones except for a huge tummy. he died that night in the hospital. he was adear little thing and he was very clingy always wanting to sleep on someone. Ive had cats for 40 years and never heard of it before and dont want to ever see it again. Its a cruel thing.
Gaynor

London, UK

#30 Aug 2, 2012
I have 4 1/2 british shorthair and he is only half the size of his brother, the vet says he may have a liver shunt or Feline infectious peritonitis, which the vet says is fatal.. I will get the results tomorrow and pray that if he has to be ill then the shunt is at least manageable on medication and diet.. itís so sad he is so lovely.. him brother is bouncing around and he just looks tired all the time, as he eats and drinks and poos/wees ok, I just donít see how he can be put to sleep.. fingers crossed..
Capic Cats

Bronxville, NY

#31 Aug 30, 2012
anyone have luck with the cats on kd and lactulose for the liver shunts? Has any of the cats lived longer? I have had a kitten now for seven weeks that I knew was very ill and we now know it is a liver shunt and have her on kd food and lactulose three times a day and she is doing well. Only been a week and she is a totally different cat. Does anyone know if you have to have the surgery or can the cat continue to live like this? on the meds and food? We go back to vet tomorrow, but was just wondering....on others experiences.
Info

Campbell, MO

#32 Aug 30, 2012
I know you people think you know more than vet you run to when in need but like the mother that abandoned it they know what's best. Why would you prolong its suffering? Nature takes care of its own. Most people suffering liver failure will tell you that they feel death would be a blessing. A kitten without understanding probably feel anything in life is abusive from the constant suffering. Your compassion for animals may be illogical and more an unwillingness to accept the truth than being compassionate. When our family members are terminal and suffering we usually have enough compassion to let them pass.
jillian bartlet

Bexar, AR

#33 Sep 3, 2012
minicoopergal wrote:
I had to let my bichon go over to rainbow bridge and it about killed me. but I was with him until he went to sleep forever. they did an autopsy to find out why he had passed away at only 2 years old and I have his ashes on my mantle. he was part of my family and I never forget him..
I do understand what you are going through. more than most people would..
I am an animal lover and I do know how you feel. However with that said, animals are not humans. They do not have to suffer. If your pet is suffering and there is nothing that can be done or if you cannot afford to have surgery or purchase the meds, put the animal out of its misery. Have the Veterinarian euthanize your beloved pet. It is a good death. It is terribly sad but it is the kindest most loving thing you can do for your loved pet.
flustered

United States

#34 Sep 30, 2012
catherine wrote:
oh, and my sweetheart of a cat loved to play. She just required more maintenance in terms of health. Vets don't know a lot about liver shunts in cats. Its rare in cats and I learned by trial and error because no one could help me. I can give you an email address if you want to contact me that way.
please email me so we can talk I have a kitten with the same problem
trinity7944@aol.com
Mary

Windsor, Canada

#35 Oct 16, 2012
Catherine please help. My kitten is just over 3 months and has been diagnosed with liver shunt.

Can you please give us all the information you have to help us to help our little girl survive. We can't afford the surgery, but we will do anything else we need to in order to help her survice.

Please email me at granny.1@cogeco.ca

Thanks, Mary
catherine wrote:
<quoted text>please don't rush to put him to sleep. I had a cat for 9 1/2 years with a liver shunt and I did not have surgery to repair it. Liver shunt kitties cannot metabolize medicine well. I know alot about these kitties and I had my katya under control with food and care. I knew how to deal with the seizures as well. I had to learn. Despite what people think, they don't go blind with the seizures. They cannot handle light after the seizure. It hurts..so after a seizure I kept her in the dark with mimnimal noise. I know lots of other tips if you want them. She was the most wonderful cat in the world and slept with me every night. She passed away july 3rd of last year. If you would like more tips, and I have a lot. please contact me. Canned food with less than 6 % protein and dry food less than 28 % protein, and katya hardly had any seizures.
anna

Dexter, MO

#36 Oct 21, 2012
how sad
honey

Singapore, Singapore

#37 Nov 23, 2012
catherine wrote:
<quoted text>please don't rush to put him to sleep. I had a cat for 9 1/2 years with a liver shunt and I did not have surgery to repair it. Liver shunt kitties cannot metabolize medicine well. I know alot about these kitties and I had my katya under control with food and care. I knew how to deal with the seizures as well. I had to learn. Despite what people think, they don't go blind with the seizures. They cannot handle light after the seizure. It hurts..so after a seizure I kept her in the dark with mimnimal noise. I know lots of other tips if you want them. She was the most wonderful cat in the world and slept with me every night. She passed away july 3rd of last year. If you would like more tips, and I have a lot. please contact me. Canned food with less than 6 % protein and dry food less than 28 % protein, and katya hardly had any seizures.


Hi Catherine

My kitten had just been diagnosed with liver shunts. Yr post gv my family & i hope. Would be glad if you could share tips on how to handle the seizures as well as the diet for such cats. Especially the food products/brands u used to gv late katya. My mail hf_luv@hotmail.com.
Jane Massey

Manchester, UK

#38 Dec 1, 2012
I have a one year old cat with a livershunt. He is so well at the moment. He is medically managed and has a low protien diet. I cannot recommend Newt's liver shunt site enough http://catlivershunt.org/ without it my cat would have been put to sleep. Please join this group if your cat has a liver shunt the support they offer is fantastic
b b harris

Jacksonville, FL

#39 Jan 20, 2013
catherine wrote:
<quoted text>please don't rush to put him to sleep. I had a cat for 9 1/2 years with a liver shunt and I did not have surgery to repair it. Liver shunt kitties cannot metabolize medicine well. I know alot about these kitties and I had my katya under control with food and care. I knew how to deal with the seizures as well. I had to learn. Despite what people think, they don't go blind with the seizures. They cannot handle light after the seizure. It hurts..so after a seizure I kept her in the dark with mimnimal noise. I know lots of other tips if you want them. She was the most wonderful cat in the world and slept with me every night. She passed away july 3rd of last year. If you would like more tips, and I have a lot. please contact me. Canned food with less than 6 % protein and dry food less than 28 % protein, and katya hardly had any seizures.
Dear catherine i hope i can reach you. Have been doing cat rescue >7 yrs and in < 12 hrs had 1st experience with seizures and liver shunt. I am devastated over 5 mo old Flurry, beautiful gray dsh manx mix baby girl, runt of litter rescued in oct. I need crash course in care. Flurry in ER from 7 pm sat and will p/u 8 am mon. Finally stabilized w occasional twitches n minimal drool. Multi cat household w personal rescued kitties plus 13 fosters besides sick baby. Pd for er @ > $700 and will do fund raiser w rescue group for ultrasound and surgery. That $ could havebought lotsa food for healthy fosters but could not put baby down w//o trying. Will not be putting new tires on truck for a while. Please, please share your experience, suggestions so i can optimize my resources. Her 5 sibs are apparently fine yet small but so wereparents who have now been fixed. I am @ triplebee01@comcast.net - any and all who can help! Thank u
Cat lover

Australia

#40 Feb 22, 2013
my cat was just diagnosed with the same thing yesterday and the vet told me to put him on a low protein diet that consists of a little bit of tin food mixed with a little bit of cottage cheese, little bit of boiled egg and cooks rice. What he explained to me was that he needs the animal fat that is in the tinned cat food but it has to be mixed with the rice to lower the content of protein in the tinned food. then the boiled egg is a high quality of protein which is good for him in small doses and the cottage cheese is also a high quality of protein but also helps with lowering the amount of bacterial content in the stomach and the intestines along with antibiotics and lactulose, he will live a longer life but even with this diet he will not have the long life of a standard cat. you can also try the surgery but that is in the 1000's of dollars. I am trying the diet tonight to see how he goes and the vet is trying to find a diet that will be suited that you can buy already made for this kind of thing. Hope that is helps.

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