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Addison's Disease in Cats

Addison's Disease in Cats

Addison's disease is a kidney condition that, although uncommon, can occur in felines. Here, our Concord vets explain Addison's disease in cats, its symptoms, and how it is treated.

What is Addison's Disease?

Addison's disease is a serious kidney disease that occurs when the adrenal glands don't produce enough steroids for the body to function healthily. The adrenal glands regulate the hormones and sugar levels throughout the body, so damage to these glands can lead to organ irritation and failure throughout the body, as well as weakness and blood disease.

In cats, Addison's disease is not very common, but it is still a condition that owners should be able to recognize in its early stages. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is key when it comes to this condition.

Below, our veterinarians at Four Corners Veterinary Hospital discuss what causes Addison's disease in cats, its signs and symptoms, and how it is treated.

Causes of Addison's Disease in Cats

There are a few underlying health issues that can lead to Addison's disease developing in felines, including:

  • Damage to the adrenal glands
  • Cancer (either originating from or spreading to the kidneys)
  • Kidney tumors
  • Glucocorticoid (steroid) withdrawal

If you're wondering how to prevent any of these causes from developing into Addison's disease in cats, contact our Concord vets today!

Signs & Symptoms of Addison's Disease

Addison's disease in a serious condition, and as such, it can have negative impacts on your cat's bodily health and behavior. Below are some common symptoms of Addison's disease that you should bring your cat to the vet for right away if you notice any of them in your feline friend:

  • Lethargy
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic thirst
  • Depression
  • Blood in feces
  • Hair loss 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weak pulse
  • Lack of appetite and food avoidance
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Shaking
  • Low temperature

Diagnosis & Treatment

When you take your feline friend to the veterinarian for these symptoms, they may perform a series of diagnostic tests, including blood and fecal testing. Your vet will need a full medical history for your cat and will need to be informed of any existing conditions they have that could lead to adrenal gland irregulating.

Addison's disease is often an emergency illness that will need to be treated in critical animal care. Once their condition has been stabilized, your vet will move on to continued care from home. 

This condition cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Continued hormone treatment and some lifestyle changes for your cat are often enough to prevent the symptoms of Addison's disease and increase your cat's quality of life.

If you have noticed any symptoms of Addison's disease in your feline companion, contact our Concord veterinarians today.

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