Q. My cat is jaundice, no appetite, losing weight. Vet says liver disease. Put her on milk thistle. Need name of food to feed her to help. Age is 18 yr.
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. A couple of prescription diets would be appropriate in this case .Hill's make a product called l/d (for "L"iver diet) and Royal Canin makes a diet called Hepatic. Both would be available from your vet (you need a prescription in the U.S.).
A. The underlying cause of the liver disease should be diagnosed if possible. That may aid in the treatment and management of the condition. Supportive care (hospitalization, IV fluids, TPN) may be indicated if your cat is not eating. A diet with a high quality named animal based protein, highly digestible carbohydrates, fats and antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and selenium is best suited for a cat with impaired liver function. There are several commercial diets that meet these requirements. Discuss options with your vet or a veterinary nutritionist.