Pancreatitis in cats, as in anyone, is when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The condition can be acute (short lived) or chronic (there for the life of the cat). The pancreas is an important organ of the digestive system, the renal system and the respiratory system. Diabetes is a common consequence of any pancreatic problem.

The veterinary diagnosis of this condition is poor, as the symptoms are rather vague and similar to those shown in other health conditions. These include lethargy, poor appetite, dehydration, higher breathing rate and a low body temperature. Vomiting can also occur. Aneamia may develop. Fluid can accumulate in the abdomen.

The veterinary treatment for this condition can be complicated and includes hydration, withholding food, and medication. The common medications used are dopamine, analgaesics, corticosteroids and metronidazole. These may control the symptoms, but will lead to further problems.

Some of the common consequences that contribute to pancreatitis in cats are the side effects of veterinary medicines, trauma (such as an accident), internal parasites and infections. But by far the most common cause of this condition is the diet.

Commercial cat food is high in fat. Even fresh pet mince from your local butcher is high in fat. It’s how they dispose of it. A diet high in fat is one of the leading causes of pancreatitis. Day in day out, your cat is being fed this substandard food.

Another problem with fat is that it is high in toxins. So not only does it contribute to a serious ailment, it is creating high toxicity.

An acute episode of pancreatitis can occur in a reasonably healthy cat after a meal high in fat. For example, after a holiday period, when people have been cooking a lot, they may offer their cat some of the spoils. A lot of chicken skin, other fatty left overs or licking a roasting pan could cause it.

In most cases, the cat will recover on their own.

However, as the years go by, if the diet remains high in fat, this can lead to the chronic form. A fat cat gives a good indication of their diet – high in fat, usually commercial cat food.

In preference to the common, and toxic, veterinary medication, isn’t it better to work out the cause and rectify that? By feeding your cat a quality, natural diet, in keeping with their evolution, you are ensuring their good health, free from both common and rare diseases.

Pancreatitis in cats can be treated far more successfully when their diet is changed to a quality, natural one. In effect, you are removing the cause and increasing their nutrients. In time, a complete cure can result. However, additional support may be required. This can come by substituting veterinary medicine for homeopathic medicine, which can work very quickly.


Madeleine Innocent

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