Though hypothyroidism in cats is rare, when it does occur it can lead to a number of symptoms, such as weight gain. Today, our Waxhaw vets share some signs of the condition and how it’s treated.
What is hypothyroidism?
In your cat’s body, thyroid hormones regulate many processes, including controlling metabolic rate.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is under-active, which means not enough of these essential hormones are made.
As a result, they may display several symptoms that can range from lethargy, inactivity and hair loss to weakness and neurological changes. Our Waxhaw vets provide insight into symptoms, treatment options and how we can help.
What are symptoms of hypothyroidism in cats?
You may notice one or more of these symptoms if your cat is suffering from hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Excessive shedding or hair loss
- Mental dullness
- Low body temperature
- Neurological changes
- Unkempt appearance
- Intolerance to cold temperatures
- Hair matting
What are treatment options for cats with hypothyroidism?
In many cats, hypothyroidism is a short-term condition that does not need to be treated. If your cat is suffering from severe symptoms, your vet may prescribe synthetic hormone supplements. Followup examinations and blood tests will be scheduled to monitor your cat’s hormone levels and general health.
At Providence Animal Hospital in Waxhaw, our veterinarians take a comprehensive approach to internal medicine and can diagnose diseases and disorders in cats and dogs, many that may involve multiple organs and which may not respond to standard protocols.
Your vet may also recommend switching your cat to a reduced fat diet for the initial phase of their therapy. Most cats recover well from hypothyroidism, with significant improvement in symptoms listed above within a short timespan.
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.