Hyperthyroidism is a common disease in cats who are fed kibble. After years of eating food that's difficult to digest and full of carbohydrates, cats can develop hyperthyroidism, often manifesting in cats middle-aged and older. Raw diets that are high in quality protein are the best and most natural way to prevent and reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats.

Hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when there is an excess of thyroid hormones in the blood, causing your cat’s body to burn more calories than can be consumed in daily meals. The thyroid glands regulate key organs in the body, so it’s understandable that cats with this disease often develop secondary symptoms including heart disease, high blood pressure and can experience chronic kidney disease as well. Keeping your cat's thyroid gland healthy and working optimally is critical to your cat's overall health.

Symptoms for hyperthyroidism

Symptoms and clinical signs include:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Hyperactivity
  • An unkempt, matted, or greasy coat
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Panting
  • Diarrhea

Seek veterinary expertise if your cat is suffering from any of these symptoms. A physical examination and blood test can determine if your cat has hyperthyroidism.

Treatment for hyperthyroidism

Treatments for hyperthyroidism include medication, radioactive iodine therapy, dietary therapy, and surgery. Radioactive iodine therapy is given as an injection and is absorbed into the bloodstream. Iodine is then taken to the thyroid gland and radiation destroys the abnormal thyroid tissue. Cats may also undergo surgery to remove the thyroid gland or tumors on the thyroid gland.

How a raw diet can prevent and treat hyperthyroidism

Veterinary experts in endocrine (hormonal) medicine agree that an all meat raw diet high in protein is the best way to prevent hyperthyroidism in cats. For cats already receiving treatment, raw diets are recommended in conjunction with treatment. Of course, no medication or veterinary treatment should be stopped when starting your cat on a raw diet, and the information here is not meant to replace the advice of your vet. If your cat is doing well with treatment, or you’re an owner looking to prevent chronic diseases like hyperthyroidism, a raw diet that is high in protein, and moderate in fat is a great option.

Rebel Raw meals are wheat free, gluten free, GMO-free and made with a variety of different proteins and organ meats to provide the maximum range of nutrition and to keep your cat from developing dietary sensitivities.

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