General information on Malabsorption Syndrome
Malabsorption Syndrome is the failure of the small intestine to absorb food properly causing loose stools that contain large undigested fat. To digest food properly the intestines need to have the correct amount of digestive enzymes and a healthy bowel lining. This could mean pancreatic or liver disease. Lymphosarcoma can also affect the bowel walls causing the malabsorption.
Symptoms of Malabsorption Syndrome
Symptoms of Malabsorption Syndrome may include the cat looking malnourished even with a big appetite. The cats stool may be extra rancid and contain fat and be greasy in appearance. The hair around the catís anus may be greasy and oily.
Treatments for Malabsorption Syndrome
Your vet will need to take tests to find the cause of the Malabsorption. If the cause is pancreatic the cat may be given the missing enzymes by mouth with meals to help the digestion process. Your cat may also be put on a special diet that may also include vitamins.
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Malabsorption Syndrome experience by - Betsy
My cat, Nichols, has been diagnosed with either malabsorption or cancer--no tests were run. He weighs two pounds and I feed him every time he wants food which is sometimes 6 or 8 times a day. Only recently has hew anted a lot of food and yet lost down in a very short time to this horrid condition of skin and bones. His overall health is good, but the diarrhea is killing him. At the time he is on an antibiotic (one that never did any good before) and prednisone for the last four days, plus fluids. I pray that he makes it, I am sorry to say that every vet I have ever taken him to before has proved to be uninterested, uncaring (except about the money) and generally not worth much. I took him to doctors numerous times, but nothing worked and after they had seen him more than once, they gave up. He seems a bit better today. The last vet did not mention pancreatic enzymes, vitamins or raw diets. She did come up with this theory which is better than the others. Nichols future is uncertain--I just pray he has one.
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