For those with pets it can often become frustrating when they suddenly appear ill or acting differently than normal. Of course since they can’t speak determining the problem can sometimes be difficult.
If your adult cat suddenly becomes thinner or seems as they are losing weight drastically it may be time to see the veterinarian. Its possible that they may be suffering from a hormone problem. If the problem includes the hormone which is produced by the thyroid gland its possible that your cat may have feline hyperthyroidism.
Its not uncommon for cats to be diagnosed with this and its caused by the thyroid glands causing an unregulated overproduction of thyroid hormones. Its normally related to a benign enlargement (tumor or growth) of either one or possibly both of the thyroid lobes.
The enlargement of the thyroid glands is often referred to as thyroid adenomatous goiter or thyroid adenoma. What actually causes the thyroid to become enlarged is relatively unknown.
Symptoms Of Cat Hypothyroidism
Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism to watch for in your cat is weight loss, restlessness, and increased activity levels, or extreme irritability. A diagnosis can usually be made by a quick blood test that will measure the lever of thyroid hormone.
Treatment For Cat Hypothyroidism
Treatment includes controlling excessive secretion of the thyroid hormones. Treatment also may consist of radioactive iodine therapy, surgery to remove any abnormal thyroid lobes, as well as other procedures depending on your veterinarians evaluation of your cat. A hyperthyroid condition that is not treated will likely cause your beloved cat to become progressively more ill.
Always be sure to have your cat checked out if you feel as though something is not right or if you suspect an illness that you can not identify. Your veterinarian’s treatment for hypothyroidism is relatively straightforward, and the medication needed is relatively inexpensive.