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Adrenal Disorders in Cats

Products for: Adrenal Disorders

These all natural, vet-formulated supplements help your cat feel better by supporting the adrenal gland, which produce vital hormones your cat's body needs to control the balance of potassium, sodium, stress, and blood sugar. In addition, the supplements increase the overall nutrition and health of your pet. 

A cat's adrenal glands are located just in front of the kidneys and have two parts - the cortex and the medulla.

The adrenal cortex is subdivided into three layers that each produce a different set of steroid hormones. The outer layer helps control the body's balance of sodium and potassium salts, the middle layer produces glucocorticoids used to metabolize nutrients and reduce inflammation, and the inner layer produces sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.

The adrenal medulla releases epinephrine (also called adrenaline) and norepinephrine, both of which slow digestion and increase the heart output, blood pressure, and blood glucose. It plays an important role in responding to stress and low blood sugar (glucose).

The two most common adrenal gland disorders are Addison's disease and Cushing's disease.

Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal glands are unable to produce the hormones needed for normal functioning. While the exact cause of Addison’s disease isn't known, it is thought to be an autoimmune condition in which the body destroys some of its own tissue. The adrenal gland can also be destroyed by other conditions including cancer. Addison's disease is rare in cats however when it does occur, the onset can be severe and sudden, or may occur intermittently and vary in severity.

Symptoms

  • weakness
  • depression
  • dehydration
  • lack of appetite
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • increased thirst & urination
  • severe weight loss

Cushing's disease is caused by the excess production of cortisol and is common in adult and senior cats. The disease can result from a benign tumor in the pituitary or adrenal glands or can be a side effect of corticosteroid drug use.

Symptoms

  • increased thirst & urination
  • increased appetite/overeating
  • heat intolerance
  • lethargy
  • potbelly
  • panting
  • obesity
  • weakness
  • thin skin
  • hair loss
  • bruising

Additional Support

Visit your vet immediately if you suspect your cat has an adrenal disorder. To support your pet's recovery, always ensure they have a constant supply of fresh water and eat only high quality nourishing food.