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Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for normal carbohydrate metabolism in cats. Thiamine deficiency results in serious symptoms, many of which are neurological in origin.
Neurological signs are frequently seen with thiamine deficiency and include:
Neurological symptoms may be preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting. Excess salivation, depressed appetite, and weight loss can also be seen before neurological symptoms present.
There are many potential causes of thiamine deficiency. These include:
Your veterinarian will base the diagnosis based on the presence of clinical signs associated with thiamine deficiency, a history of ingestion of food deficient in thiamine, or other factors that may lead to thiamine deficiency, and response to treatment. Thiamine levels in blood can also be measured to confirm thiamine deficiency.
Thiamine can be injected or given orally. Providing adequate quantities of thiamine is the treatment of choice.
Feed a high quality, well balanced diet.
The impairment of nutrient intake into the intestines
The group of processes that involve the use of nutrients by the body
The middle section of the small intestine, found between the duodenum and the ileum.
The term for the last part of the small intestine, between the jejunum and the large intestine.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The term used to describe the movement of an animal