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Excess Calcium in the Blood in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Excess calcium in the blood in cats can be life-threatening. For example, the condition can indicate a serious underlying condition, such as kidney failure.

Medically, the condition happens when a cat shows a calcium level of more than 10.5 mg/dL.

Technically, the condition is also known as hypercalcemia in cats.

If you see the signs of the condition in your cat, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Excess Calcium in the Blood in Cats

The condition produces a fairly wide range of symptoms. For example, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Dehydration
  • Peeing more than usual
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Bladder stones
  • Constipation
  • Twitching (muscles)
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Acting lethargic

Causes of Excess Calcium in the Blood in Cats

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The cause of the condition can be one of a number of things. For instance, some of the common causes include:

  • Poor diet
  • Renal failure
  • Abnormal parathyroid gland
  • Kidney failure
  • Fungal infections
  • Toxic substances (including aluminum)
  • Vitamin D poisoning
  • Bone diseases

Treatments for Excess Calcium in the Blood in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s symptoms. Secondly, your vet will ask about your cat’s full medical history and diet.

Thirdly, a full physical examination will be carried out. Blood and urine tests will be taken. Additionally, imaging processes like ultrasounds can be used to examine any affects organs.

Generally, treatment usually begins with fluid therapy. This is carried out in hospital.

Ultimately, the cause of the condition will be targeted. Usually, this can involve appropriate medication. As always, if your vet prescribes your cat any medicine, make sure to stick to the correct dose and frequency instructions. Also, complete the full course of medicine.

While recovering at home it is important to provide your cat with a quiet and calm environment. Also, make sure you keep up regular vet visits to monitor your cat’s calcium levels.

Have you ever cared for a cat who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your kitty recover? Let us know in the comments section below.

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