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Hyperthyroidism In Cats And How To Manage It Naturally

Hyperthyroidism in CatsHyperthyroidism in cats signifies an increase in the hormones released from the thyroid. It is becoming increasingly common, particularly in older cats, but younger cats are not immune.

The thyroid is responsible for regulating the metabolism and affects the natural activity or energy levels of the cat. Too much of the hormone, as in hyperthyroidism, and your cat burns up the energy too quickly. The symptoms appears as weight loss despite an increase in appetite and food intake. The coat loses its natural lustre.

Other symptoms include:

  • irritability
  • hyperactivity or restlessness
  • a rapid heart rate
  • digestive disturbance such as diarrhoea and vomiting
  • sometimes they have an intolerance to heat although this varies with individuals

Advanced hyperthroidism can show up as weakness, lethargy and loss of appetite, the exact opposite of the earlier symptoms.

Sometimes a swelling at the throat can be felt. This is normally benign, but can occasionally be cancerous.

Many of the above symptoms are similar to other diseases, which means a diagnosis may not be accurate. Even blood tests are inconclusive. The thyroid affects every other part of the body, making diagnosis even more difficult.

Veterinary treatment includes medication to reduce the hormone, surgery to remove the affected parts and radioactive therapy. All carry risks and serious side effects. None can guarantee results.

None of these rather drastic measures even considers the cause of the problem.

Hyperthyroidism in cats, as are all diseases, is a manmade problem. It is caused by the deviation from a natural feline lifestyle that humans have inflicted on the domestic companions, in the arrogance that they know best.

Cats have evolved over millions of years without any help from humans. The human involvement with cats only began in earnest a few short decades ago. This only came about because a profit could be made from vulnerable and caring cat people, who want the best for their pet and are all too easily swayed by clever advertising.

However, when you bring back into your cat’s life, the most important natural aspects, then you can resolve the health problems, even the serious ones.

The most important aspects are:

  • diet
  • medication
  • contact with nature

The commercial cat food industry is one of the main contributing causes of all feline health problems, Consider it the junk food of the feline world. That also means it can be challenging to feed your cat quality food, as least in the early stages. Would your kids adapt easily from junk food to real food? Neither does your cat!

All veterinary medications are liver toxic and lower the immune system. This means that more problems will occur in the future, even if the treatment did ‘cure’ (by suppression) the existing problem. Holistic medicines, particularly homeopathy, don’t suppress the symptoms, but work with the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Many cats are kept exclusively indoors. This is highly stressful for them. They need to feel the earth beneath their feet and the sun on their back at least a few times a week.

Hyperthyroidism in cats can be cured, as can all diseases, when you consider, respect and implement how your cat would be in nature.

Find out more about natural, effective and safe solutions here.

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  • Gintaras says:

    I have had too many of my cat friends suffer from this. I have done extensive research on the cause, and it is cheap commercial food that contains grains. Specifically, many grains are treated with bromide to make the processing machines happy. Bromide is a close relative of iodine and tends to displace/disrupt the function of iodine in the thyroid. I do not know if “iodine” therapy would cure bromide contamination of the thyroid, but clearly, if your cat has thyroid disease, switch to a raw food diet and talk to the vet about iodine supplements (easy to find with google: “iodine supplements for cats”)

    July 20, 2012 at 2:30 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    Very good advice, but be wary of supplements for pets. Most are made in a laboratory and cause a lot of damage. It’s better to have a quality and balanced diet, so no supplements are necessary.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm
  • Grace~Shanti says:

    My almost 15 yr old cat is displaying many of the symptoms of early
    Hyperthyroidism. I am still changing over completely to natural diet. Do you supply the Homeopathic remedies for this disorder, online? :-)

    July 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    Well done re diet. I supply remedies to those who come for a consultation, but not otherwise.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:09 am
  • Nancy Soule says:

    So where can we go to find out how to treat our cat who has hyperthyroidism? There are no treatments here (even though there appears to be a link to such information, none is there…) Any books out there with specifics, especially herbal or homeopathic to help us along?

    December 17, 2012 at 3:05 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    Your best bet is to consult with a homeopath. Here is a global list or homeopathic organisations, which list their members.
    http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-organizations/

    December 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

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