I’d like to share with you something we see in veterinary clinics. Especially in cats.
Cats should not be yellow. But this one was very yellow, even throughout her entire body. Look at her skin color in her ears.
So what is making this kitty yellow? The answer is bilirubin.
Bilirubin is an indicator of liver disease or massive destruction of red blood cells. Also known as jaundice, the bilirubin is so elevated that the body can no longer process it. That extra bilirubin gets deposited in the skin instead of normally exiting the body through the liver and gallbladder.
This cat definitely needs some blood work to help narrow down possibilities and offer some treatment options.
I’m not going to continue with this case, as it’s a long one. I just wanted you to see jaundice in this cat and know it’s very serious. Cats can get a condition called “Fatty Liver” when they don’t eat for more than 3 days (no matter the reason for not eating). This too will cause jaundice and liver disease.
Bottom Line? Sick cats need veterinary care. Don’t wait until it’s too late!