Because the onset of symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats can be slow and gradual, it can be quite difficult for a cat’s owner to become aware of the disease until it has already progressed quite a bit.
The most common sign in a cat with hyperthyroidism is weight loss even though the cat might have a seemingly ravenous appetite; this is due to their body’s rate of metabolism being increased. You may also notice that your cat will eat more frequently and more greedily. If you have an outdoor cat, he or she might hunt and catch mice and small birds more often.
However, this is not always the case and in some cats will actually display signs of lethargy and weakness and have no appetite at all.
Other common signs of hyperthyroidism in cats are diarrhea, vomiting, excessive drinking and urinating. Cats with hyperthyroidism may also become rather vocal virtually overnight.
These cats will also lose the desire to keep themselves well groomed and will need to rely on their owners to regularly groom them. Conversely, there are a few cats who will over-groom themselves to the extent of losing their hair caused by excessive licking. Their nails may also grow faster and longer than usual.
Regardless of the season, cats with hyperthyroidism will usually try to find the coolest place in the house to nap. This is because they are not able to withstand high heat.
Another sign of hyperthyroidism is a rapid heartbeat as well as murmurs and arrhythmias. Your cat may also show difficulty with breathing normally and and may not be able to tolerate stress or playtime like they used to. Sadly, nearly 15% of cats with hyperthyroidism will suffer from congestive heart failure because the hyperthyroidism literally wreaks havoc on a poor cat’s hear.
Since hyperthyroidism has the ability to affect every organ and system in the feline body, early detection is vitally important to the continued health and wellbeing of your cat.
There are quite a few different courses for treatment and your veterinarian will help you in deciding the best course of action for your cat. Your veterinarian will be able to thoroughly test your cat to determine the extent of the illness. Armed with that information you can figure out the best treatment plan for your cat.
However, besides all the surgical and medicinal treatments that your veterinarian may recommend, you should also consider adding an all-natural medication, like Thyroid Support Gold for Feline Hyperthyroidism. Being that it was painstakingly formulated by a naturopathic veterinarian, Thyroid Support Gold is a great herbal compliment to any treatment plan.
Thyroid Support Gold contains a mixture of seven powerful herbs which work together to inhibit the over-production of thyroid hormones whilst also improving a cat’s cardiovascular functions and improving digestion.
Since most cats are often nervous and irritable, Thyroid Support Gold’s herbs will help to keep your cat calm and relaxed with no adverse side effects. Thyroid Support Gold is also safe for long term use.