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Hyperthyroidism In Cats

My cat is dropping weight even though she eats well. What can be the problem?

Is your older cat high-strung? Does she lose weight but consume a lot? She may have an overactive thyroid. Older cats on occasion begin producing too much thyroid hormone. It’s a condition known as pussycat hyperthyroidism. Veterinarians don’t know what causes it, but it hurries up the cat’s metabolism, inflicting a gradual weight loss and hyperactivity. In fact, hyperthyroid kitties are once in a while so high-strung, it may seem as if they’ve had a few too many cups of coffee! They can even drink and urinate a lot, and might lose hair, vomit or have a goiter or thyroid nodule.

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