Hyperthyroid Symptoms in Cats

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The symptoms of hyperthyroid in cats, which is a benign growth on the thyroid causing increased thyroid production, include weight loss, increased appetite, vocalization and behavioral changes. Identify hyperthyroid in a cat with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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Let's talk about symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats. And so, hyperthyroid just means increased thyroid production. It's commonly caused by a benign growth on the thyroid gland in cats. Cats are generally older when they become hyperthyroid. So, when this thyroid starts being, starts producing lots of hormone it changes the metabolism of this cat, and so what happens is is, commonly, weight loss is one of the number one signs in the face of eating more, so these cats actually have to increase their appetite to even compensate and they're still not compensating; they're still losing weight. Probably one of the most common other symptoms that we see, especially that owners talk to us about would be vocalization and behavioral change at home. These cats will wander around and act confused, vocalize, sound almost frightened or or anxious, and and this'll happen sometimes in the middle of the night when they never did this before, so that's a common symptom as well. Thyroid hormone production when it's increased, like I said, decreases their weight; increases their appetite. These guys can also have diarrhea, commonly, and they also have very high heart rates. Their heart aux actually can also have a murmur associated with it because that heart muscle gets thickened with all that thyroid hormone. If your cat is losing weight there can be many other problems that could be occurring, so always check with your vet veterinary clinic first if you think that something's going on, but hyperthyroidism is generally treatable in cats and they can be well managed. But, the first signs that you may think you're seeing you want to jump on that and get it treated.

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