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Feline Pancreatitis: A frustrating disease – for both cats and their guardians — 15 Comments

  1. Iniki,

    Your vet can run a test called fPL It is a simple blood test and it goes to IDEXX Labs in Texas. That is a first step. It is not invasive. Ask her to run it. That is how Hubble was diagnosed. It doesn’t always work but in some cases it does.

  2. I do not know a lot about pancreatitis in cats, however, I do know that it is a very painful condition to treat. I am so glad that Mr. Hubble is feeling better. Let’s hope with all the love, attention and detail to his condition, he will continue down the healing path to better health.

  3. We have a cat that has this condition or at least the vet thinks so. When life stresses hiim out, Sabu starts vomiting and cannot stop. A trip to the vet and a shot to slow the vomiting and medication to treat the problem seems to work magic for my little guy. We are not 100% sure that it is pancreatitis. The vet told me she wanted to do testing that would include a biopsy. I refused. To me that is way to invasive. Thanks for the great article.

  4. Thanks jmuhj.

    He is slowly recovering. We had to take him off raw for now at our vet’s suggestion and giving him other moist grainless cat food at this time just until he fully recovers. He had a reaction to the raw that my vet was not happy about. This upset my vet because she does want him on a raw diet. We may change the brand of raw we are feeding, since the bone content in that food may be causing an issue with him. But he does love eating some boiled chicken (skin removed) too!

      • Michael,

        In Sir Hubble’s case my vet suspects that it may be food related- but she is not sure of that. She is looking into other possible causes that may have caused the first attack about a year ago. I should know more about what she is thinking early next week.

        But she is relatively certain that the new food that he stole from his brother triggered the attack since it was very rich- containing ingredients to which he may have been sensitive such as fresh ocean fish- which was the only ingredient in the new fresh frozen halibut treat I gave him- and only two small pieces. That may have been the culprit.

        • That in interesting because it is a specific type of food. Very precise. I just wonder if there is a background problem with some aspects of cat food which is the cause this disease but no one has got to the bottom of it.

  5. Dee you are so right about seeking expert feline savvy veterinary diagnosis, treatment and medical/dietary advice.

    For anyone that has a cat with pancreatitis, there is a top notch support group on Facebook that I highly recommend. They have helped me SO very much with all my questions and given me wonderful suggestions.

    • Please let me have the FB support group for cat pancreatitis. I have a 18 yr old Siamese cat who suddenly got this and it has become chronic and iy is killing me too…

  6. An excellent article, Jo. Very informative and easy to follow.
    Pancreatitis is one of those conditions, like diabetes, CKD, and cancer, that strikes fear in the hearts of caretakers. These are 4 conditions that I never want to mess around with on my own or google for any advice anywhere. I want my vet to cling to.
    I don’t have a problem going it alone with home treatments for hairballs or treating a mild URI; but, pancreatitis is so complex and dangerous that I would never risk my cat’s life by relying on the advice of anyone but a qualified vet.
    I like the idea of support groups for serious feline illnesses too as long as the mission is support and not amateur medical advice.
    I’m sorry that Sir Hubble had another attack and hope that he is doing well now. I’ll bet you practically flew to Dr. Holder. I would have too.
    Thank you, again, for a great article.

  7. Poor Sir Hubble! and poor you! As pancreatitis is idiopathic, and as you are extremely careful what you feed your beloveds, I can only send *PRAYERS* and thoughts/wishes of wellbeing for him. Thank you for sharing your harrowing account with us. Sir Hubble, get well soon, please! >^^<

  8. Thanks for this Jo. What concerns most about this disease is that the cause is hardly every ascertained. Surely it is time that we know what causes it. If it is environmental we can then take steps to remove the cause(s) unless it is cat food which big business will not fix because it will hurt profits.

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