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Common Questions about Cat Addisons Disease

Addisons Disease in Cats

Addison’s disease is an endocrine disorder caused by a corticosteroids deficiency of the adrenal glands, but it is extremely rare in cats. Symptoms include a loss of appetite, arrhythmias, dehydration, depression, gastrointestinal disturbances, hypoglycemia, lethargy, shaking/listlessness, weakness and weight loss. Without treatment, a cat can experience an “Addisonian crisis (or adrenal crisis)’ where the cat will collapse in a state of shock. Addison’s disease diagnosis can be dangerous. It is diagnosed with a blood test. Treatment is lifelong process via an administration of the deficient adrenal hormone. Electrolytes will be initially monitored with frequent dosage requirements. For an Addisonian crisis, your cat will need intravenous fluid to correct dehydration and medication to replace deficient steroids.

Symptoms of Addisons Disease in Cats

Addisons disease in cats is a disorder which affects the adrenal glands in cats. This disease has various symptoms that pet owners need to be aware of in order to spot whether your cat is experiencing this disease. The possible Addison disease symptoms include; fatigue, weakness, weight loss, unhealthy skin and fur, dehydration, stress, low blood sugar, depression and trembling. If any of these symptoms are seen in your cat, and persists for some time, be sure to visit your veterinarian in order to identify if your cat is suffering from Addison’s disease.

Addison Disease Causes

Addison’s disease is simply caused by the improper functioning of the adrenal glands. This signifies when the adrenal glands do not produce the proper amount of hormone cortisol and sometimes even the hormone aldosterone. This is also known as adrenal insufficiency or hypocrotisolism.

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