The thyroid is a small gland found in the throat around the front of the
trachea or windpipe, and is responsible for food metabolism and body
organ function. In cases of hyperthyroidism
too much thyroxine is produced
and in many cases this is due to the growth of a small, non-malignant
within the gland itself causing the increase in production. The reasons
for the appearance of this benign growth are unclear.
It can occur in cats over one year old but it affects middle aged
and older cats in the main. Its signs and symptoms are weight loss with
an increased appetite (although, the reverse is true in a mall number
of cases), vomiting and diarrhea, frequent and increased intake and
output of water and a marked change in the cat's behaviour. He will
become more active - hyperactive in many cases, and will often call and
be far more skittish than usual. You may notice his eyes are kept wider
than usual and that he reacts suddenly to stimuli.
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