Jaundice is the yellow discoloration of the gum, ears, eyes, skin, and foot pads. It is caused due to a high level of bilirubin in the blood and is a symptom of an ongoing condition in the body.
The easiest way of identifying jaundice in your cat is by looking at the eyes. Some breeds of cats like oriental shorthair, Somali and Siamese cats are naturally predisposed to some of the diseases that can cause jaundice.
Symptoms of Jaundice in cats
- Yellowed ears, eyes, gums, and skin.
- Loss of appetite.
- Vomiting and diarrhea.
- Frequent urination.
- Rounded/distended abdomen.
- Ascites. (Fluid in the abdomen).
- Bright orange urine.
Causes of Jaundice
- Liver disease
- Gall bladder diseases.
- Blood parasites.
- Some viral/bacterial infections.
- Cancer of the liver or gallbladder
Jaundice in itself is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying serious medical condition. If you notice jaundice in your cats, contact your veterinarian immediately. The underlying cause of jaundice would be investigated and treated accordingly.