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Typically, when an animal doesnít receive enough nutrition, the body moves fat from its reserves into the liver to be converted into energy. However, catsí bodies are not designed to convert large amounts of fat this way. When a starving catís liver tries to process a large amount of fat at once, it does so inefficiently. As a result, fat accumulates in the liver, which swells and turns yellow. This impedes overall liver function (see sidebar below) and, if left untreated, will eventually cause life threatening complications.

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