yellow fat diseaseA vitamin E deficiency syndrome affecting various mammals, in particular cats, who are fed excess omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oils, especially tuna.
Greasy, dull coat and flaky skin; severe pain when touched; anorexia, fever. In humans, excess fish-oils cause increased bleeding time, especially after aspirin ingestion, which may play a role in cardiac necrosis and increased susceptibility to catecholamine-induced stress.
Limit intake of tuna; add vitamin E to diet.
1. inflammation of body fat.
2. a disease of cats and aquarium fish fed on a diet high in polyunsaturated fats and low in vitamin E. In cats there is inflammation of all fat tissues; in fish there is also thickening of the swim bladder. See also yellow fat disease.