Cushing's Disease in Cats
Hyperadrenocorticism in Cats
Cushing’s syndrome (hyperadrenocorticism) occurs when the adrenal gland produces too much cortisol. While cortisol is an essential hormone, elevated levels lead to illness. There are several possible causes to this disease, including a tumor in the pituitary gland or the outer layer of the adrenal gland. Although the disease is rare in cats, it is more likely to affect middle-aged or older cats and females more than males. Breed, however, does not seem to be a determining factor. In addition, diabetes almost always accompanies the ailment.
The tests listed below may be used to determine the underlying cause of your pet's disease:
A medical condition involving excessive thirst
Excessive eating or swallowing
The gland that is found at the bottom of the brain whose job is to maintain appropriate levels of hormones in the blood
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak
An enlargement of the liver to an abnormal size
A hormone created by the pancreas that helps to regulate the flow of glucose
The gland that produces the hormone adrenaline and others; helps to regulate the metabolism, electrolytes, and even sexual function; also helps to regulate the way the body responds to injury, trauma, etc. The adrenal gland is found near the kidney. Also referred to as the suprarenal gland.