One of the “Big Three” diseases we see in middle-aged and older cats, hyperthyroidism frequently presents with an increase in energy levels that may mimic a “second kitten-hood”. Do not be fooled! The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating your cat’s metabolism. If it starts making too much hormone (hyperthyroidism), your cat’s metabolism goes into “overdrive”. He/she will no longer be able to eat enough to make up for all of the calories being burned. Internal organs are stressed and eventually will “burn-out” if untreated.
Clinical signs can include any of the following:
This disease can be managed with daily medication (pill, flavoured liquid, transdermal gel) or in some cases with a new prescription diet specifically for these cats. Radioactive iodide treatment is available and considered to be curative.