Hyperthyroidism is a very common disease, primarily affecting middle aged to older animals.
If your cat is over the age of 10 with increased appetite accompanied with weight loss, there is a good chance they have hyperthyroidism. Felines usually develop a variety of clinical signs, which are quite subtle at first but become more noticeable once the disease progresses.
Symptoms to be aware of:
- Weight loss along with increased appetite
- Coat will appear unkempt
- Increased water consumption and may be urinating more often.
- Possible evidence of muscle loss
- Elevated heart rate – high blood pressure.
Two Significant Secondary Complications .
Hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease called thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy. This is a condition where the muscles of the heart are unable to perform normally.
A myopathy is a muscular disease in which the muscle fibers do not function correctly, resulting in muscular weakness. Thyrotoxic myopathy is a neuromuscular disorder that develops due to the overproduction of the thyroid hormone thyroxine.
If you suspect your little guy may have a hyper-thyroid the ONLY accurate diagnosis is based on a veterinary exam, and in many cases the enlarged thyroid glands will be palpated on either one or both sides of the windpipe. A blood panel measuring hormone (T4) can confirm the diagnosis.
Bugleweed (Lycopus Europeus) and Melissa (Melissa Officinalis) has shown to be an effective holistic treatment. These two herbs have been used in combination successfully combating the effects of hyperthyroid cats. Studies have shown bugleweed itself has been shown to decrease hormone levels in rats 24 hours after administration.
The supplement Carnitine, an amino acid, has been found to be effective in reversing the signs of the disease in people. Now is used for treating this disease, Carnitine is normally synthesized within the body, primarily in the liver and kidneys from amino acids, lysine or methionine. it has been found to be quite effective in reversing a hyper thyroid. Starting feline dose of the supplement is 250 mg per day.
Nat Mur is a homeopathic used for the thyroids hormone reduction. Nat mur (natrum muriaticum), is made from sodium chloride, or table salt. Salt, sodium chloride or common rock salt is dissolved in the same proportion to water in the Earth’s oceans as it is in blood, amniotic fluid and tears. Salt plays a vital part in every cell of the body. A systemic imbalance of Nat Mur can lead to a host of chronic digestive complaints such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, bloating, and heartburn.
A few specific holistic treatment options for you to consider, and they have helped many a hyperthyroid feline.
- A multivitamin supplement
- Hawthorne (for the associated heart problems)
- Lemon Balm
- Liquid trace minerals
- Essential Fatty acids (such as salmon oil — remember that cats can’t use non-animal sources of these)
- Vitamin E (work with your vet to find the right dose. A healthy-cat dose is about 100-200 IU/week. Increased amounts can help hyperthyroidism, but you must work up to it slowly. Also, since vitamin E is fat soluble, follow a vet’s instructions to prevent overdose.)
- Digestive enzymes
- Vitamin C (high levels. 500 mg is about standard for a healthy cat. You can increase vitamin C to bowel tolerance. Preferably use a tasteless kind like calcium ascorbate or Ester C.)
- Glandulars (an extremely important addition to the diet! Ask your vet about Standard Process products. I’m not trying to advertise one specific product, but these worked really well for Kashmir. The Standard Process PMGs, which aren’t strictly glandulars, per se, can only be obtained from a holistic practitioner.)
- Impatiens Flower Essence (there are dozens upon dozens of essences that may help a cat irritable from hyperthyroidism. Bach flower essences are readily available.
- Adaptogen herbs such as astragalus, Siberian ginseng, and fo-ti, help to balance hormone production.
- Essiac tea (contra-indicated for kitties with kidney problems.)
- Dandelion (to support the kidneys, particularly if your cat is drinking and urinating lots.)
- Taurine (for heart support, up to 500 mg / day.)
- B vitamins
Hyperthyroidism Holistic Treatment
Recent research has confirmed holistic remedies help to maintain a healthy and efficient hormone production and support normal thyroid functions, along with a healthy diet.
o low, the pituitary gland produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which tells the thyroid gland to produce more hormones.
Once aware of the TSH, the thyroid secretes more T3 and T4 thereby raising blood levels. The pituitary gland then slows down its TSH production. This process is a very important factor in maintaining optimum health.
I found this article posted by Cathy Alinovi with more on natural treatments for a hyperthyroid cat
The Holistic Approach
Sudden weight loss, personality change or other behavior changes in a cat who is still eating can be quite puzzling. Blood work will determine if your kitty’s thyroid gland is over-functioning. The normal western (allopathic) approach to hyperthyroidism is suppression of the gland’s hormone production, either through medication or radioactive iodine treatment.
“Holistic medicine looks at the whole kitty – to determine the underlying reason for hyperthyroid and treat the root of the problem.”
“Do consider holistic therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy and other alternative therapies.
The trickiest part of treating cats is discovering what the cat will let you do. Some won’t tolerate any oral medication. This makes typical allopathic (western) and herbal medications difficult. Other felines won’t tolerate acupuncture needles. Some cats are so easygoing that anything is game.
“For any holistic therapy, the more information about your kitty’s history you can provide the better the treatment will be. All alternative treatment methods look at the totality of the patient – not just the fact that Kitty has hyperthyroidism. Holistic medicine treats all hyperthyroid patients the same. Alternative medicine looks at each patient and treats the whole patient, not just the disease.” Read full article
Here is a great article by Dr. Peter Dobias and how cheap table salt cures hyperthyroidism in cats. Check it out, you’ll be amazed!
Homeopathic treatment of cat hyperthyroidism
Imagine, your heart is pounding, you feel like it is going to explode, you feel hungry all the time and can’t keep any weight on; you are restless and can’t sleep at night. After a while, the high blood pressure affects your kidneys, you feel restless, crabby and unwell.
“Welcome to the world of hyperthyroidism in cats, one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in veterinary practice.”
“I came across Natrum Muriaticum, a holistic remedy derived from plain and simple Sodium Chloride – treatment with common table salt.”
“I was skeptical but decided to try it. I gave Mina 2 doses, 2 weeks apart. My skepticism soon faded away when I started to see Mina being less cranky, her heart rate dropping back to normal and to my big surprise, the test results showed normal thyroid values.”
“I was stunned. A holistic remedy made of CHEAP TABLE SALT CURED MY CAT. How crazy was that?” [Read more about table salt and feline hyperthyroidism]
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