Hyperlipidemia in Cats
Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Hyperlipidemia in Cats: What Causes It?

Cats with primary hyperlipidemia are uncommon. This is an inherited condition that can affect any cat but is more common in the Himalayans.
Secondary hyperlipidemia in cats is caused by another disease process or external factor, such as:

• Obesity

• High-fat diet

• Medications (especially corticosteroids)

• Pancreatitis

• Diabetes mellitus

• Liver disease

• Protein-losing nephropathy

• Cushing’s disease (very rare in cats; usually linked to diabetes mellitus)

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