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Introduction to feline Thyroid
Thyroid problems, though common amongst humans have now become common amongst our feline friends as well. There are several reasons for Thyroid imbalances in cats, although, usually believed to stem from environmental, immunological and nutritional factors. Felines of all ages, and genders are susceptible to this disorder. Fortunately for feline friends, this disorder can be treated with the use of medication and sometimes surgical involvement and in most cases, the cats recover extremely well. As we all know, the Thyroid glands are found in the neck and release hormones responsible for the regulation and management of the body's metabolism, meaning it controls the amount of energy used by the body.
There are two types of thyroid problems in cats: feline Hyperthyroidism, and feline Hypothyroidism.
Feline Hyperthyroidism: is when the thyroid glands release too much of the hormone, speeding up the metabolic rate and over working all the organs of the body. This further leads to more health issues such as Hypertension (high blood pressure) causing even more concerns with your cat’s health.
Feline Hypothyroidism: is when the thyroid gland produces too little of the thyroid hormone, causing the metabolism to slow down, this can lead to weight gain and perpetual tiredness.
Hypothyroidism is less common than the Hyperthyroidism in cats.
Five signs to get your cat's thyroid checked
Thyroid issues in your feline friend can be worry-some for any cat parent, here are five signs to look out for stating Hyperthyroidism:
- Weight loss – an easily noticeable change, this can further lead to various health issues.
- Increased appetite and thirst – you will notice your cat being unsatisfied with the quantity of food and water being served.
- Frequent urination
- Vomiting and Diarrhea – may occur in intervals.
- Depleting coat quality.
These are five common symptoms to look out for, stating Hyperthyroidism in your cat.
Five signs to look out for, stating Hypothyroidism:
- Drastic weight gain – this may occur even though your cat is eating as it normally does.
- Weakness and tiredness – you will notice your feline friend’s disinterest in playing and exercising.
- Decreased appetite – even though he used to enjoy his treats.
- Intolerance to cold – you will see your cat feeling cold more frequently and prefer the indoors during windy and cold days.
These are five important signs to look out for stating Hypothyroidism in your cat.
Thyroid problems in felines are relatively easy to treat nowadays, but that does not mean we turn a blind eye towards the obvious symptoms of the disorder they display. The longer you wait, the longer your feline friend will suffer. Staying alert and cautions regarding these symptoms will promote a vastly more comfortable life for your cat.