The word pancreatitis means inflammation of the pancreas. This painful condition can occur in dogs and cats and can either be sudden onset (acute) or a low-grade gradual condition (chronic). The pancreas is a very important gland located in the abdomen. It has two main functions: one function is hormone production (e.g., insulin) and the other is to produce and release enzymes for digestion via a connection with the duodenum, the segment of intestine closest to the stomach.
Pancreatitis is a serious and potentially painful condition in cats that can be acute or chronic and requires immediate medical attention. There is no known age, breed or gender predisposition for feline pancreatitis. Cats with chronic pancreatitis often have concurrent inflammatory bowel disease and/or cholangiohepatitis (inflammation of the liver and bile duct tissues).