Sometimes cats get more active and hyper as they get older – rushing up trees, attacking long term doggy and feline friends, resenting handling and generally being jumpy.
If this is coupled with a big appetite and weight loss then we become suspicious of an overactive thyroid.
Early detection and treatment prevents the more serious effects of hyperthyroidism.
The overproduction of the thyroid hormone puts the whole body into overdrive.
The heart beats more rapidly and can go out of rhythm. The kidneys and liver work harder causing increased thirst and urination. A busy stomach and intestine may produce vomiting and diarrhoea or accidents outside the litter box. Severely affected cats pant and neglect their grooming.
Several treatment options are available. There’s sure to be one that suits your cat and household situation.