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Cats' eyes hold clues to liver health

Tuesday, 11th December 2012

Cat owners should keep an eye out for abnormalities in their pets' peepers, after a Seal Point mitted ragdoll had to undergo emergency life-saving surgery to cure a liver problem.

Loui had initially been diagnosed with jaundice after his owner, Cas Anderson-Dickson, took him to the vet when he noticed something unusual in the cat's eye.

But when the 16-month-old was transferred to the Animal Health Trust it was discovered that he was in fact suffering from severe liver dysfunction.

An ultrasound scan revealed a blocked bile duct, and the cat was immediately rushed in for surgery.

Recovery rates for this type of highly-invasive operation are quite low, which is why it's important to be vigilant when checking your pet's health in order to spot conditions like this as early as possible.

Fortunately Loui pulled through and is now on the way to making a full recovery.

The best way to keep your cat healthy and free of illnesses like this is to make sure they are properly fed with the right cat food, and to ensure you have quick access to the right pet medication.