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Electrolyte Disturbance in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


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Electrolyte disturbance in cats happens when there is not enough phosphorus in the blood. It often affects cats who suffer from diabetic ketoacidosis.

Technically, the condition is known as hypophosphatemia.

Additionally, in many cases there is another underlying cause for the condition.

If you see the signs of electrolyte disturbance 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 Electrolyte Disturbance in Cats

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

  • Anemia
  • Breathing too quickly
  • Dark colored pee
  • Shortness of breath
  • Acting weak
  • Feeling depressed

Causes of Electrolyte Disturbance in Cats

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There can be a number of causes for the condition. For example, some of the most common causes include:

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Malnutrition
  • Issues with intravenous treatments
  • Problems treating diabetes mellitus
  • Not enough phosphorus in the diet
  • Anorexia

Treatments for Electrolyte Disturbance in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s symptoms and medical history. Secondly, your vet will use differential diagnosis. In other words, this means ruling out other conditions.

Thirdly, your vet will take blood and urine tests. These will be analyzed. Specifically, low levels of phosphorus can be detected this way.

Unfortunately, many cases will need a cat to be hospitalized. Subsequently, phosphorus supplements can be administered. Sadly, in severe cases a blood transfusion is needed.

All in all, while recovering at home it is important to provide your kitty with a quiet and calm environment. Additionally, make sure to keep up regular vet visits to monitor your cat’s recovery.

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

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