It can be overwhelming to have a cat with a hyperthyroidism diagnosis. Read on to find out 6 new things to know about cat hyperthyroidism and how to deal with it. You realized that your pets’ coat has been looking pretty rough these days. He’s been eating loads, but they’re weight is going down. They are agitated and crying in the night unexpectedly, and when you go to empty the litter box, it’s deluged with urine. It’s obvious its a health problem, so you take furry to the vet. A blood test shows they hyperthyroidism. Now, what do you do about hyperthyroidism in cats?
1:What are thyroid glands?
A mangey looking old cat sleeping on the ground. Felines with hyperthyroidism are usually pretty rough. Thyroid glands are 2 small bits on either side of your pets’ windpipe (trachea). Their duty is to create hormones that affect many of the functions of the body but checking the pace at which your pets’ burn off energy is the most important when we’re discussing hyperthyroidism.
2. What’s bad in cat hyperthyroidism?
A tumor develops on the thyroid glands and leads the body to create too much of the thyroid hormone, which makes your pets’ body burn energy way too fast.
3. What are the symptoms of cat hyperthyroidism?
Because your pets’ body is burning energy and a very quick rate, the first thing you’d notice is that your cat is losing a lot of weight and is always hungry, even if they have massive food consumption. He’ll also be drinking a lot and urinating too much. Hyperthyroidism can create behavior changes such as raised activity and restlessness and maybe even aggressiveness. The cat’s coat will start looking scruffy and rough.
4. How is it diagnosed?
Your cat will undergo a blood test that will measure the levels of thyroid hormones in your cat’s. If there are a lot of the thyroid hormones, your cat has hyperthyroidism.
5. What treatments are available?
There are 3 popular types of cures for cat hyperthyroidism which are medication, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery. Medication — usually methimazole (Tapazole) in the United States — reduces the level of the thyroid hormone in your feline’s blood. It is available two forms; pill form or gell. Generally, most felines can deal with methimazole quite well. Medication is typically the least expensive option, but over time, the costs can pile up. RI or radioactive iodine therapy is seen as the best of treatment, however, you find it difficult looking for a clinic that offers it at a reasonable price. It is quite pricey, but the good news is that once it is finished, your cat’s hyperthyroidism is healed. Surgery to remove the cat’s gland is another option, but it could not solve the issue. There could be tumor cells in other parts of your feline’s body that continue to produce thyroid hormone at high rates, or removal of the thyroid gland may mean that they’ll no longer create enough thyroid hormones and will have to live of medicine for the rest of his life.
6. What are the difficulties of cat hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism can hide other diseases like kidney disease, because “running too hot” helps kidney function. Some other complications include high blood pressure, heart problems, and breathing difficulty. Hyperthyroidism in felines is a disease that is possible to be managed, but it needs a commitment that you need to have.