Due to their feline nature, it is often difficult to identify any behavioral changes when it comes to cats. This fact is accentuated when the cat is ill or injured. As a testament to their time as wild animals, cats cannot openly show any sign of weakness or ill-health, lest they face the cruel entity that is nature’s selections
However, when it comes to feeding habits and weight loss, it is often easy to determine any changes whatsoever. Feeding is essential to all animals, more so pets. It is as a result of feeding that the animals grow and maintain their healthy bodies. Ergo, it may seem a bit ironic when your cat is eating like a horse yet is in fact losing weight. In this article, we will look at some of the reasons that could have lead to this.
Hypothyroidism is an ailment characterized by the cat actually increasing his or her feeding. With the increased feeding and intake of water, you would expect that the cat would actually put on some weight. Far from it. They actually reduce body weight.
Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by the inflammation of the thyroid glands. The thyroid glands are very important, as they ensure that the thyroid hormone is sufficiently made and used properly. Thyroid hormone is important in the normal functioning of the body, as it ensures that the metabolic rate is steady. It contributes to the rate of growth and development.
As a result of the reduced rate of thyroid hormone production, the cat’s health affected greatly. The effects of hypothyroidism, which are also some of its signs, including increased urination, vomiting, and diarrhea. Thus, the cat’s body losses a lot of water, and to compensate for this, you will often find that the cat increases the amount of water it drinks.
This condition is especially prevalent in older cats, and you should thus be keener if you have older cats. It is important that you remain vigilant of the aforementioned signs, and if you notice any of them, rush your cat to the vet immediately. This is because, if the condition is left untreated, then it might lead to severe heart conditions and even death.
As cats get older, diseases that affect organs like kidney disease and diabetes become more prevalent. Veterinarians usually detect these issues with urine and blood tests.
Many different issues with the gastrointestinal tract can cause unexpected weight loss in cats. They include inflammatory bowel disease, infections, food allergies, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
The silver lining of this dark cloud is that the condition is treatable. With the right care and vigilance, your cat will be back to normal. Most often, the vet presents you with the two most viable options. The first is surgery, which will remove benign cancer that is growing on the thyroid glands. However, if you aren’t able to afford it, don’t stress a bit.
The second option is medication. The veterinarian will prescribe the necessary medication you need to make sure that the cat returns to full health. Again, the importance of taking your cat to be checked should be reiterated, it is only through this way that the condition will be ascertained, and the proper medication is given.