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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Sunday, May 22, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Today we are going to cover hyperthyroidism in cats. Is your cat high strung? Does she lose weight yet eat like a pig? She may have an overactive thyroid. Older cats sometimes begin producing too much thyroid hormone.  It’s a condition called feline hyperthyroidism.  Veterinarians don’t know what causes it but it speeds up the cat’s metabolism causing a gradual weight loss and hyperactivity.  In fact, hyperthyroid cats are so high strung, it can seem like they’ve had too many cups of coffee. They may also drink and urinate a lot and may loose hair, vomit, have a goiter or thyroid nodule.  If your cat has any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. There is a blood test that can detect the disease and with the appropriate pet medication and treatment, a cat with hyperthyroidism can live a normal life.

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