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1. Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) diseases of cats. It is a chronic condition in which a deficiency of the hormone insulin impairs the body’s ability to metabolize sugar.
2. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) in Cats
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the most severe form of Diabetes Mellitus, results in severe changes in blood chemicals including imbalances in small, simple chemicals known as electrolytes.
3. Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's Syndrome) in Cats
Hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s syndrome is caused by an excessive production of glucocorticoids (cortisol) by the adrenal gland. About 80 percent of cases are caused by a small pituitary tumor at the base of the brain.
4. Hypercalcemia in Cats
Hypercalcemia refers to an abnormally high blood concentration of calcium. This high level of calcium can indicate certain diseases. If left untreated, hypercalcemia can result in significant organ damage, including kidney failure.
5. Hyperparathyroidism in Cats
Primary hyperparathyroidism is a disorder resulting from excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH) by one or more of the parathyroid glands located in the neck.
6. Hyperthyroidism and the Kidney
Although the disease is treatable, in recent years it has become apparent that previously undetected kidney disease may suddenly be unmasked, and that known kidney disease may worsen in some cats after correction of their hyperthyroidism.
7. Hyperthyroidism in Cats
If your adult cat suddenly begins to lose weight despite a voracious appetite, he may have a problem with the hormone produced by the thyroid gland. You should probably get your pet to a veterinarian to be checked for feline hyperthyroidism.
8. Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's Disease) in Cats
Hypoadrenocorticism, also called Addison’s disease, is an endocrine disorder that results from a deficient production of adrenal gland hormones.
9. Hypoglycemia in Cats
Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood sugar concentration of less than 70 milligrams per deciliter of blood. Symptoms depend on how quickly the blood glucose concentration decreases, but rarely occur until it falls below 50 mg/dl.
10. Hypothyroidism in Cats
Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland. This gland is responsible for producing and secreting thyroid hormone (thyroxine), which affects nearly all body systems.

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