Hypothyroidism vs Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Many processes in your cat's body, including metabolic rate, are regulated by the hormones produced by you cat's thyroid. If your kitty is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it means their thyroid gland isn't producing enough of these essential hormones. If your cat's thyroid is overactive, however, your cat will be diagnosed by suffering from hyperthyroidism.
While it is much more common for cats to suffer from an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), hypothyroidism is relatively rare.
more often than not, hypothyroidism is only found in cats who have undergone iodine therapy or surgery to treat hyperthyroidism. Although, in some rare cases the condition may be caused by cancer, iodine deficiency or thyroid gland abnormalities.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Cats
If your cat has hypothyroidism, their metabolism will slow because of a lack of their essential thyroid hormones. These reduced hormone levels can lead your feline companion to have a number of symptoms in addition to that slowed metabolism such as:
- Mental dullness
- Intolerance to cold
- Hair loss
- Hair matting
- Neurological changes
- Unkept appearance
- Weight Gain
- Low body temperature
Treatment for Cats with Hypothyroidism
Many cats who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism won't require treatment. If your cat's symptoms are more severe, your vet will prescribe them synthetic hormones to supplement their low levels. Your vet will also schedule a follow-up examination to make sure your kitty's hormone levels are normalizing.
A modified diet with reduced fat may also be recommended for your kitty while they are recovering from hypothyroidism. Most cats recover well from hypothyroidism, with a notable improvement in their health seen in just a short amount of time.Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.
Is your cat conspicuously gaining weight, ill, or has recently been treated for hyperthyroidism? They may be suffering from hypothyroidism. Contact our Greensboro vets to book an appointment today. We are experienced in providing care for many common conditions and illnesses.
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