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Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Saturday, July 27, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Hyperthyroidism in cats is common and is very treatable when detected. If your cat displays any of these systems, have them checked out as soon as possible.

. Cats that have hyperthyroidism display specific symptoms. Symptoms to look for are:

  1. Weight Loss – this is a typical sign in Hyperthyroidism.
  2. Increases appetite –  This increase in appetite can be dramatic, with some cats doubling the amount of food eaten and frequently begging for food. Hyperthyroid cats eat more in an attempt to compensate for their higher-than-normal metabolic rate by increasing the number of calories ingested.
  3. Increased energy or nervous behavior.
  4. Increased thirst and urination.
  5. Vomiting or regurgitation. Vomiting may result from a direct action of thyroid hormones on an area of the brain called the chemoreceptor trigger zone.
  6. Anxiety and night yowling.
  7. Diarrhea and soft stools.
  8. Fast respiratory rate, panting and difficulty breathing.
  9. Skin, hair and coat changes.Skin and hair coat changes often develop in hyperthyroid cats. The hair coat, especially in long-haired breeds, is often unkempt, dull, and may even be matted.

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