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Addison's Disease in Cats

Addison's disease rarely occurs in felines however when it does it needs to be taken care of immediately. Addison's disease involves the lack of hormone production in the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney, they release important hormones including: adrenaline, aldosterone, and cortisol. The balance of all hormones is crucial for normal functioning; whenever there is a hormone imbalance an individual experiences a steady deterioration of their health. Not only can Addison's disease cause health complications and adverse effects, it can also be life threatening.

Causes of Addison's Disease

Addison's disease in cats is commonly caused by the immune system attacking the adrenal glands. Other causes include cancerous tumors either located on the adrenal glands or the pituitary glands. Usually surgical removal of the adrenal glands is involved when there are tumors on the glands. Almost all treatment for Addison's disease includes hormone supplements. Treatment is always long term as there is no cure for Addison's disease in cats. Other remedies pet owners can use to treat feline Addison's disease along with your veterinarian's prescribed treatment includes the use of Adrenaid. This natural blend includes ingredients which work to balance the function of the adrenal glands.

Emergency treatment for adrenal crisis consists of restoring body fluid, stabilizing salt and sugar levels, and administering rapid acting corticosteroids. After the health of the cat is stabilized hormone replacement therapy commences. A cat may take up to five days to respond to emergency treatment.


Addison's disease can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are rather vague. Veterinarians often mistake the symptoms of Addison's disease for other health conditions, leading to an adrenal crisis if Addison's disease is never diagnosed. If your pet has previously used steroids and/or experiences any of the following symptoms seek medical attention.

Symptoms of Addison's Disease

Symptoms of Addison's disease include:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Unhealthy skin and fur
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dehydration
  • Trembling
  • Collapse
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Depression
  • Low blood sugar
  • Stress
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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.