Worldwide medical and scientific journal for animal health professionals

Issue number 29.3 Hepatology

How I approach… The cat with cholangitis

Published 13/02/2020

Written by Craig B. Webb

Also available in Français , Deutsch , Italiano , Español and ภาษาไทย

A jaundiced cat is not a diagnosis, but rather the starting point for the clinician to investigate the possible underlying causes. Professor Craig Webb explains his approach to such cases.

How I approach… The cat with cholangitis

Key Points

Cats don’t actually present with cholangitis, they present as sick cats.


Sick cats don’t present with cholangitis, they present with non-specific signs that could be almost anything.


Yellow (icterus or jaundice) is a color, not a diagnosis.


Feline cholangitis was the motivating disease behind the search for feline triaditis.


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