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Q. My very healthy raw fed cat got trapped in a neighbor's trap for 3 1/2 days...How likely is he to develop lipidosis...

A. It is very difficult to predict and say, as lipidosis is a common consequence of prolonged starvation, but it does not occur ''automatically'' all the time a cat is starved or not fed. Obese cats are more prone to develop it.

I would recommend to monitor signs such as rapid weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, muscle wasting, lethargy/depression, downward flexion of head and neck, jaundice (e.g., yellow discoloration of mucous membranes such as of eyes, gums, skin (internal part of ears) and so on), drooling of saliva. Take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice any of those.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

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