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cat has very low calcium and thyroid tests are normal

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My two year old female cat has very low calcium, and doesn't eat now...She was in the hospital for almost two weeks, had xrays, all the necessary tests/ thyroid tests,
etc...everything coming back normal.....except the calcium levels...please help, she is not eating and drinking, the vet has her on calcitrol, and a vitamin supplement...she still quivers, and is not herself....the vet is stymied.....HELP! calcium levels are below 5
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

Blood calcium levels are influenced by diet, protein levels and blood hormone levels. Low levels can indicate damage to the pancrease or parathyroid. Muscle twiches might appear when the levels are low.


Dr. Goldstein says in his book, Nature of Animal Healing, that low calcium levels may indicate deficiency of pancreatic enzymes.


Low calcium levels can be a sign of hyperthyroidism in cats. Take a look at this informative article for more information:


http://www.felinediabetes.com/concurrent-thyroid.htm


I hope that this helps you to understand it a little better.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Hi,
Annies thyroid test came back normal....The vet is now thinking of renal failure.....The vitamin D prescription that Annie was taking did not contain oxilates...Could that be the reason that she doesn't eat nor drink, and her urine has a foul odor.....I also noticed that after she urinated last night, she really licked her private area.

Please answer, as we have set Saturday as her last day.....She will be euthanised on Saturday....The expense is getting out of site at this point....

Thank You,
Donna
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

I completely understand where you are coming from. We lost our cat of 17 year a couple of weeks ago due to kidney failure.


Renal failure can mess up the appetite and it can also make a cat lose its vision completely so you might even see more side effects as this progresses, if it is kidney failure.


I am so sorry for what you are going through. I know that this can't be an easy time for you.

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