Thyroid issues are most common in pets. Hyperthyroidism or high thyroid hormone levels, is more common in felines. Cats generally don’t show signs of hyperthyroidism until they are at least 7 years old. Cat owners can sometimes fail to recognize a cat thyroid problem until their pet is at risk for more serious complications, which makes it important to be aware of the subtle signs and symptoms. Here are the symptoms of cat thyroid problem to look out for:
Changes in Behavior or Activity Level
Generally, when cats show behavior changes, it is usually their way of telling us something is not right. The most common symptoms seen with hyperthyroidism in cats include increased thirst, urination, hunger, and vocalization as well as intermittent vomiting.
Weight Gain or Loss
Cats with thyroid problems often experience weight loss, despite having a ravenous appetite. Owners might mistaken increased appetite in an older cat to be a good thing. When paired with weight loss, it’s always something you should bring up to your vet.
Skin or Coat Problems
Hyperthyroidism in cats may cause the coat to look greasy and matted. Cats will sometimes stop grooming themselves and develop a messy appearance.
Intolerance to Cold
You might notice your cat shivering in the cold or turning back toward the house to cut potty breaks short on cold days.
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Thyroid issues in cats can progress to a more serious symptoms such as vomiting. Left untreated, this condition can also develop secondary problems such as high blood pressure and heart diseases.
Talk to your vet immediately if you notice your pet experiencing these symptoms.