When a cat’s hormones become unbalanced, it may result in any number of feline endocrine diseases, many of which are treatable with medication or hormone injections. The following are just a few of the endocrine diseases found in cats.
-Hyperthyroidism: Resulting from an excess of thyroid hormone, hyperthyroidism may cause unexplained weight loss and frequent vomiting. It is most commonly seen in older cats and can be treated through a lifelong medication regimen or an injection of radioactive iodine.
-Cushing’s syndrome: Also called hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing’s syndrome is somewhat rare in cats. Typically caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland, the disorder results in excessive amounts of cortisol and may cause increased eating or drinking.
-Diabetes mellitus: Similar to diabetes in humans, diabetes mellitus results from insufficient amounts of insulin. Cats with diabetes may experience constant hunger and weight loss, and treatment for mild cases normally involves insulin injections and a change in diet.