Addison's Disease in Cats

In this blog, our O’Fallon vets are here to help you understand Addison's disease in cats, including what it is, its symptoms, and how it is treated. This kidney condition is rare but can affect felines

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. This can lead to problems in various organs, weakness, and blood issues.  

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 are key when it comes to this condition.

Below, our veterinarians at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital explain this condition's cause, signs, and treatment options.

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 O’Fallon vets today!

Signs & Symptoms of Addison's Disease

Addison's disease is a serious condition that can harm your cat's 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 bring your cat to the vet, they're showing certain signs, the vet might run tests like blood and fecal exams. 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 vet urgent care. Once their condition has been stabilized, your vet will move on to continued care from home. 

Althrogyt Addion's disease can't be cured, it can be managed. This typically involves regular hormone treatments and making some lifestyle adjustments for your cat. These steps can help prevent symptoms and improve your cat's overall well-being. 

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