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Hypothyroidism in Cats

Hypothyroidism is a rare condition in cats but when it does occur it can produce a number of symptoms including weight gain. In today's post our Memphis vets share some of the signs of hypothyroidism in cats and how it is treated.

What is hypothyroidism?

Thyroid hormones are used to regulate many processes in the body, including controlling your cat's metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism is a condition characterized by an underactive thyroid gland which means that not enough of these essential hormones are being produced.

What causes hypothyroidism in cats?

While rare, hypothyroidism is typically seen in cats following treatment for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) such as surgery or iodine therapy. That said, the condition can also be caused by cancer, iodine deficiency or congenital disease (thyroid gland abnormalities).

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism in cats?

If your cat has hypothyroidism you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Intolerance to cold temperatures
  • Weakness
  • Hair matting
  • Unkept appearance
  • Constipation
  • Neurological changes
  • Lethargy
  • Weight Gain
  • Hair loss / Excessive shedding
  • Inactivity
  • Low body temperature
  • Mental dullness

How is hypothyroidism treated in cats?

In many cats the condition is short-lived and does not require treatment.

If your cat's symptoms are severe your vet may prescribe synthetic hormone supplements, and schedule follow-up examinations and blood tests to monitor your cat's hormone levels and overall health.

Your vet may also recommend changing your cat to a reduced-fat diet during the initial phase of therapy. Most cats recover well from hypothyroidism, with a notable improvement in symptoms seen in 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.

Does your cat have symptoms of hypothyroidism? Contact our Memphis vets today to book an examination for your feline friend.

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