Hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine disorder in cats. Your cat’s thyroid gland regulates its body metabolism by producing various hormones.  Hyperthyroidism is a disease caused by increased concentration of thyroxine hormone commonly known as T4  in the bloodstream. This condition is mostly found in middle aged and older cats. The average age a cat could get afflicted with hyperthyroidism is around 10 to 12 years. Hyperthyroidism can occur in any breed of cats and in both male and female.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased thirst and urination.
  • Weakness
  • Hyperthyroidism may also cause hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Hairloss
  • Poor hair coat
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty in breathing.

If your cat shows such signs immediately contact to your vet. They will conduct a physical examination. Your pet’s neck area will be physically examined, blood pressure and heart rate may be checked. According to the severity of the condition, tablet and diet will be suggested by your vet. They may also advise a surgical treatment or radioactive-iodine therapy for your pet’s quick recovery.

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