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Understanding Your Cat's Hyperthyroidism

cat hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a common, albeit unpleasant, condition known to many- especially females and felines. But, what is it and what are its complications? We’ll outline that all below.

Your Cat’s Thyroid Glands

  • Two on either side of its windpipe
  • Normally small in size
  • Largely responsible for metabolic function
  • Produce thyroxine hormone to control calorie burn rate
  • Gland malfunction leads to increased thyroxine production
  • The result: hyperthyroidism

What it Means

  • Too much thyroxine accelerates calorie burn
  • Causes weight loss & increased appetite, activity and restlessness
  • Accelerates heart rate
  • Leads to poor hair coat and intestinal distress
  • Can have lasting effects on kidneys, liver, heart & blood pressure
  • Rarely, can lead to malignant thyroid tumors
  • Very common in cats, especially aging cats
  • More common in female cats

If your veterinarian is suspicious that your cat might have hyperthyroidism, he/she will order a T-4 blood test. If T-4 levels in your cat are markedly higher than they should be for its age group, a hyperthyroid diagnosis is the most probable diagnosis.

Remedies & Relief

  • Medicines
  • Surgery
  • Radiological treatment options

For the best treatment for your cat, contact your veterinarian and explore the many treatment methods available to your feline friend.