Steatitis in Cats

Yellow Fat Disease in Cats

Steatitis, also referred to as yellow fat disease, is a disorder characterized by marked inflammation of adipose (fat) tissue and the deposition of wax pigment in between layers of adipose tissue in cats.

It is caused by an overabundance of unsaturated fatty acids in the food and a deficiency of vitamin E and most commonly affects cats and mink. The disease affects both males and females – young, plump or well fed individuals – and is most prevalent in individuals that have had fish or fish by-products as all or part of their diet.

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Steatitis in Cats

Treatment of Steatitis in Cats

Home Care and Prevention

Administer all medication and diet as directed by your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian at once if your pet is not responding to therapy and/or getting worse. Prognosis is excellent if disease is treated early and diet is improved.

Handle your cat as little as possible so as not to exacerbate discomfort. Feed a proper, well balanced diet. If the diet is supplemented with any kind of oil (fish or vegetable), vitamin E must be added.