Health

May 2016 Issue

Gallstones May Show No Signs

They’re believed to be a rarity and have no ill effects unless a life-threatening blockage occurs.

Cats don’t develop gallstones the way we do. Ours are made from cholesterol. Cats’ stones usually consist of calcium and a bile pigment called bilirubin. However, just as in people, cats can have gallstones without any symptoms or ill effects. Unless a cat has an X-ray or ultrasound for some reason, his owner might never know he had the disorder.

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