The first time you see your cat changed in any way, you wonder what is wrong with her. Don't start panicking right away, she might have one of those bad days or she needs more vitamins, for example. Unfortunately, the problem might be larger and you should be prepared for cat hyperthyroidism symptoms and signs, no matter how unpleasant they are.
More than 90% of the cats have this disease if they are more than seven years old. If you take your cat to the vet every six months and have detailed checkups, you may prevent some serious complications in the future. People are usually talking about the most common signs, such as weight loss, hair loss, aggression, vomiting and depression. But what about some unusual symptoms? Here are three of them.
1. Sinus Tachycardia
When it comes to cat hyperthyroidism symptoms and signs, the kidneys or the heart are first on the list. Among many cardiac problems, the sinus tachycardia can cause very high heart rate, bad pulse quality and problems with capillary refill time. If the cat has this problem next to hyperthyroidism, the Atenolol is usually combined with any other medications or treatments.
In any case of hyperthyroidism, the cat can lose a lot of water and minerals, such as sodium, chloride and potassium and the level can fall under 5%, which is a clear sign of this condition. The reason why this happens in this case is vomiting or diarrhea. These are very common signs of hyperthyroidism. It is important for you to notice the dehydration on time and the usual signs are poor skin elasticity, lethargy, dry mouth and even breathing problems. In most occasions, it is not only the water that your cat needs, so the vet must give her the IV as soon as possible.
3. Sudden Blindness
This is another part where heart problems may provoke further concerns. Your cat will probably have high blood pressure, which is probably one of the most common cat hyperthyroidism symptoms. It can get so high that your cat might become blind. You will probably notice her walking disoriented and hitting the furniture. You should talk to the vet once you notice this, because your cat can also become very nervous and depressive in this situation.
It is not hard to notice most of cat hyperthyroidism symptoms and signs, but they can trick you, so don't try to make the diagnosis on your own, or determine the treatment by yourself. If you really want to help your cat, take her to the vet.