Understanding Your Cat's 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
- Radiological treatment options
For the best treatment for your cat, contact your veterinarian and explore the many treatment methods available to your feline friend.