Hyperparathyroidism in Cats: What it is and What to Expect

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Severity:

Moderate to severe

Table of Content

Key points

  • Primary hyperparathyroidism is less common than secondary hyperparathyroidism.
  • Hyperparathyroidism causes hypercalcemia (high calcium).
  • Cats with hyperparathyroidism may have no symptoms at first.
  • A veterinarian is needed for diagnosis.
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism is often treated with surgery.

Common in

Symptoms & types

Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism in cats include: constipation, poor appetite, lethargy, muscle tremors, excessive thirst, excessive urination, bloody urine.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

Cats who have too much parathyroid hormone will release calcium from their bones and absorb calcium from their guts, making their blood calcium levels too high.

Best treatment options

Home remedies and their effectiveness

Surgery is the best treatment option as it is usually curative. Medication can be used to lower calcium levels, but these are not often used long term.

When to see a vet

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