Acromegaly in Cats

Did you know that just like humans, cats also have their fair share of complicated medical conditions? There are some human illnesses that also has cat counterparts. If you have been browsing through our website, perhaps you were already able to read about cats having diabetes and how to address the condition.

This time, we will learn about acromegaly in cats, what it really is and a whole lot of details that we should probably know as cat parents in order to keep a vigilant eye to prevent the condition from getting the better if our cats.

Acro, What?!

Does acromegaly ring a bell? Or hypersomatotropism to some? This condition also occurs in humans, and they are somewhat the same when it comes to cats. Now let us further discuss what acromegaly is about.

It is a condition wherein the pituitary gland, that gland that produces most of our hormones in our bodies, releases too much of the growth hormone. This condition is rather evident because acromegaly brings about a physical change in the affected cat.

However, if we would like to speak about technicalities, acromegaly and hypersomatotropism can be two different conditions. You see, in some definitions, acromegaly may or may not become an effect of hypersomatotropism. This is also the reason why the term hypersomatotropism is more common to some as it is the usual diagnosis to cats with this condition.

Symptoms of Acromegaly in Cats

Most research will tell you that it takes quite a long time for cats to show the physical changes brought about by acromegaly. Usually, the initial change that you will notice in your cats is when they develop diabetes mellitus.

You will also find it interesting to note that this condition is common in most male cats than female ones – just like how diabetes mellitus is. Your cat may stay normal (in terms of body size and weight), may become overweight, or just the average body weight.

Along with physical change, especially in terms of body weight, there may also be neurological signs – although rare – like having seizures, becoming blind and what we call as circling,

What Causes Acromegaly?

We said earlier that acromegaly occurs because the pituitary gland secretes excess growth hormones. Now, let us delve deeper. What is the reason behind the pituitary gland secreting more growth hormones than needed? To answer this question, acromegaly occurs because of the development of a tumor in the anterior pituitary in the brain. 

Should you Become Alarmed by it?

Previous medical reports show that acromegaly is actually quite a rare case. Although, some reports would also debate this notion by saying that acromegaly is not rare – it just remains undiagnosed.

And true enough, in this day and time, acromegaly has become known to most vets and cat parents. This is due to the fact that felines who developed diabetes mellitus are also prone to having acromegaly in the future.

Today, cats who have diabetes mellitus are also being screened and tested for a possibility of having the signs and symptoms of acromegaly.

How Acromegaly in Cats Diagnosed?

If you believe that something might be wrong with your cat – and your hunch is that your cat might have acromegaly or diabetes mellitus at that, then the best course of action to take is to go and talk to your vet. Schedule for a consultation in order to have a proper diagnosis of your cat's condition.

There are multiple ways to diagnose acromegaly. These procedures include a clinical picture, endocrine testing, and intracranial imaging. You really have to consult well with your vet when it comes to choosing the best diagnosis procedure. The procedure is going to be crucial to having a successful and accurate analysis of your cat's condition.

Taking Care of Cats With This Condition

Now that we know that diabetes mellitus is somewhat a gateway condition to acromegaly, we would also have to watch out for our cats' diet just as how we do with cats who only have diabetes mellitus. There are a lot of diabetic cat food out there that is suitable for our cats.

Aside from monitoring our cats' diet, we can also help our cats lose weight. Although, this step is still subject to your veterinarian’s advice.

Bottom Line

There you have it! I guess that sums up every basic detail we have to know about acromegaly. We've only provided you with simple information about acromegaly. It is still best to talk to your vet about this condition if you are really interested in it. 

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