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Congenital portosystemic shunt Owner Factsheet

There are many liver problems that can affect cats but most of these affect older animals. One that tends to occur in young animals (often a few months old) is a congenital portosystemic shunt. A portosystmic shunt is an abnormal blood supply which bypasses the liver allowing toxic substances into the general circulation and preventing full use of the nutrients in the diet. Unfortunately ths signs of portosytemic shunts are often very vague and it can be hard to put all the signs together as a single illness. If you notice any odd signs in your kitten always report them to your vet - even if they come and go without treatment. Early recognition and treatment of most conditions can prevent more serrious problems later on.

What is a portosystemic shunt?

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Why has my cat got a shunt?

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How would I know if my cat has a shunt?

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What other signs might my cat show?

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What will my vet need to do?

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Can a shunt be treated?

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