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What causes liver disease and liver failure? Here is a list:
- Idiopathic hepatic lipidosis - Feline Fatty Liver Disease. This is the most "common metabolic cause of liver failure"; a disease unique to cats (Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - the book).
- feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)
- feline leukemia causing liver "insufficiency" (src: the book). See signs of feline leukemia.
- chemicals: insecticides.
- metals: copper, lead, selenium, iron.
- drugs: Tylenol, some antibiotics, Valium, some steroids. Drugs administered for a long time or overdosed can cause liver failure.