Last week I started to sing the praises of cats because they “don’t constantly complain” like some of us humans do. As previously stated however, this “suffering in silence” sometimes allows a small matter to become much more serious before getting the proper treatment. Hyperthyroidism is one of the most common of all the cat diseases and one of the most commonly missed conditions. Many times until the cat becomes seriously ill, cat owners keep making “excuses” for why the cat is acting or doing certain things. If a middle-aged cat has decreased appetite or shows a little weight loss it’s easy to say to ourselves that it could be due to old age. Vomiting – “Oh that’s from hairballs,” poor looking coat – “He’s not getting enough vitamins.” Many of the conditions that could be clear signs of hyperthyroidism could be easily missed.
One of the veterinarians that I was recently having this discussion with actually told me how often it is not until the cat begins having extreme muscle weakness, severe vomiting or diarrhea, or very profound weight loss, will the owner even suspect anything could be seriously wrong. Hyperthyroidism is easily treatable and there is no reason that a cat should suffer for years before getting the proper treatment. Read More