Hyperthyroidism in Cats

What is Hyperthyroidism in cats??

Hyperthyroidism is the overactivity of the thyroid glands. The thyroid glands in cats secrete certain hormones like the Thyroxine and Tri-iodo-thyronine. When these hormones are secreted beyond a limit, Hyperthyroidism in cats is said to occur. When the T4 or the Thyroxine level increases in cats, the metabolic rate is disturbed, and the cat becomes hyperthyroid. So the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats includes the treatment of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism in cats is the most frequent hormone irregularity in cats. Hyperthyroidism is found to be uncommon in dogs. Hyperthyroidism in older cats is very common. The usual period at which it is initially seen is 13years. 18 out of 20 cats, that show hyperthyroidism are above ten years

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

Let’s look at some common symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats

  • The most common symptom of hyperthyroidism in cats that is seen is weight loss. This is because its metabolic rate has increased and it is consuming food calories just as quick as it can use them.
  • Appetite decreases when this disease reaches its matured stage.
  • Cats with hyperthyroidism become very aggresive, and they may be more cranky as well. The hyperthyroidism in cats can show up by various means as is seen. Go on reading.
  • It is very common for hyperthyroid cats to have an unusually swift heart beat. Many cats with hyperthyroidism have heart rates over 198 even when they are relaxed at home.
  • The water consumption increases and the urination also increases as a result. This hyperthyroidism symptom in the older cats.
  • Vomiting becomes frequent. It is due to the amplified amount of foodstuff they eat, or possibly to the unswerving things of their elevated thyroxine levels on appetite motility.
  • Cats that are hyperthyroid generate more body temperature and may breathe heavily as they attempt to drive it away. They are more receptive to temperature than they formerly were.
  • The high metabolic rate of hyperthyroid cats now and then causes them to have a slightly prominent rectal temperature.
  • In strong cats, the lobes of the gland cannot be felt with one’s fingers when you examine your cats neck. In hyperthyroid cat one lobe is larger than it should be and can also be felt.
  • 10.  In afterward stages of hyper-thyroidism numerous factors, time and again cause cats become incapacitated and feeble. Muscle tremor, wasting and general weakness can all be symptoms of highly developed hyperthyroidism.

Recent Study : You need to know for the sake of your cat

A recent study has led to the insight that Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers causes Hyperthyroidism. A study by NHEELIU, proved the presence of this mostly in younger cats. (PBDEs) are there in fire retardants in several home products, furniture and some electronic goods.

Treatment and Natural Remedies for hyperthyroidism in cats:

  1. Drugs like methimazole can be used to inhibit the hormones.
  2. Propylthiouracil can be applied to control it externelly.
  3. Application of a medication gel of this purpose on the back of your cats ear.
  4. Ipodate can be used. It is a type of oral medication. Hyperthyroidism in cats can be controlled by this remedy without much of complication.
  5. Radioiodine theraphy is a sophisticated technique of controlling hyperthyroidism in older cats. This treatment of hyperthyroidism can be pretty effective.
  6. Iopanoic acid is also a good option in controlling hyperthyroidism in cats.

Ending Note: So it is seen that this disease can really be life threatening. Don’t be late in responding, take your cat to a doctor.

Hope you found our site to be informative. Visit again.

Though an Electronics and Instrumentation Engineer by profession, have a strong naac in writing on various issues of my interest. I believe 'variety is the spice of life'.. Its always charming to share and contribute your dailylife knowledge and experiences, keeping a forum to argue on the same... thus giving a ventilation to innovation. Leaving Kolkata- my loving place, drifted by my will to work in Automation; now I'm in Pune working for a Seamless Tube Making Industry. Welcome to people of all class to discuss, comment and criticise on my perspectives... thus leting me to cater your needs...

Posted in Animals, Pets & Petcare, Cats Tagged with: ,