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Hyperthyroidism in cats

Its time to slow down

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Rarely seen in younger cats, hyperthyroidism is a condition that speeds up your cat’s metabolism which puts a strain on your pet’s body. Weight loss and an increased appetite are two of the most common signs of an overactive thyroid gland.

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism occurs if your cat’s thyroid gland starts producing too much of a hormone called thyroxine, or T4. This hormone regulates the speed of your pet’s body processes, but too much of it can result in a system that runs too fast and demands excessive amounts of energy.

Signs to look out for

Whether you choose a wet or dry cat food, check the packaging for guidance on the recommended age range and how much to give. Remember it’s never a good idea to switch your cat’s food in one go. Make sure it’s a gradual change so your cat has time to get used to the new textures and flavours. If your cat has a medical condition, for example chronic kidney disease, then your vet might recommend a special diet that will help with treating the disease.

Watch their weight

As your cat becomes less active, they need less fat and calories than they used to, and a senior cat food will help with this. It can still be easy to over-feed your pet though, so keep an eye on your cat’s weight and adjust the meal quantities accordingly if they seem to be getting a little tubby!