Cats and humans have many similarities – some are good and some not-so-good. Out of the many not-so-good similarities thyroid related problem is one. For many pet owners, particularly new, it could be a shocking revelation.
Since thyroxine, the primary hormone secreted by thyroid gland, located in front of the neck, below the larynx (voice box), regulates a number of metabolic activities, or calling it just, the life-sustaining processes from digestion and absorption to excretion, its inadequate (hypothyroidism) or excess production (hyperthyroidism) disturbs these processes and make the pet sick.
Since both are different scenarios marked by their own set of symptoms and health issues, it would be better to discuss them separately. In this post, we are confining ourselves to hyperthyroidism in cats. Find top 5 preventive measures to check or control hyperthyroidism in cats.
1 Avoid feeding fish-flavored cat foods
This includes all types: canned, non-canned and raw fish. The protein-rich fish diet triggers the secretion of thyroxine. However, there is one more reason to avoid canned food – the lining of the container usually contains Bisphenol A (BPA), which is suspected to cause hyperthyroidism.
If your cat is highly dependent on commercial food, take note of the ingredients present in it before buying. If there is any doubt, prefer consulting your veterinarian.
2. Be a good friend to your pet
In the busy life, most of the pet owners might find it difficult to spend time with their pets, but it’s highly recommended. Spending time with your pet helps you understand its behavior and observe symptoms related to the disease, if any, and take immediate measures to prevent it from becoming alarming.
3. Serve your cat with a highly digestible diet
The percentage of a foodstuff taken into the digestive tract that is absorbed into the body. That’s how Merriam-Webster describes digestion. A healthy digestion help your cat’s body to gain the nutrition it needs which, in turn, regulates the functioning of the hormones. Hence, give appropriate diets or supplements, which are easy to digest, to your cat.
4. Take your cat to a veterinarian annually
Take your cat to a vet twice a year as part of a health check-up program. Conducting routine blood and urine tests is beneficial as it helps you identify any thyroid hormonal disorder well in time.
5. Take pet medications with care
Certain pet medications are also known to trigger the secretion of thyroid directly or indirectly. Hence, if your cat is already having a history of thyroid problem, you should observe extra precaution when it comes to treating other diseases as some pet medicines for cats can lead to thyroid hormonal disorder.
The Bottom Line
What makes thyroid in cats a severe health concern? The problem remains undiagnosed or wrongly addressed because of the lack of understanding due to the surfacing of a number of secondary symptoms and, this further worsens the situation and triggers other diseases.
Most of the pet owners would be little worried if their cats drink or urinate frequently. If the pet doesn’t play or eat well, they are likely to see a vet, but not if it stays hyperactive or overeats. They will take it as a good sign. They could be right, but if the symptoms go beyond a certain level, then it’s a cause of concern.
Never risk giving cat hyperthyroidism medication to your pet without consulting your vet.
Note: This post shares general information about the pet disease and may not be specific to your pet. You should consult your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.