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What is Low Blood Calcium?

When blood calcium levels are low, cats and other companion animals may exhibit symptoms that indicate issues with the bodily systems that require calcium for proper function. Muscle issues and neurological issues are the most common, although they may not be noticeable in mild or moderate cases. If symptoms are observed, seek medical attention immediately, as severe calcium deficiency in the blood can be life-threatening.

Low blood calcium, medically referred to as hypocalcemia, is a medical condition that occurs when the levels of calcium in an animal’s blood drop below acceptable levels. Calcium is an essential nutrient used in many bodily functions, including bone growth, bone health, muscle contraction, blood clotting, nervous system function, and more. Low blood calcium is also often linked to low vitamin D levels, high phosphate levels, and insufficient levels of parathyroid hormones. 

Symptoms of Low Blood Calcium in Cats

When blood calcium levels first begin to drop, or in cases which levels are only mildly or moderately low, many cats will not exhibit any visible symptoms. It is possible for low blood calcium to be noted in a blood test even in cats that are asymptomatic. If levels remain low for an extended period, or in more severe deficiencies, cats and other companion animals may exhibit symptoms. 

Symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lying with limbs rigidly extended
  • Stiff-legged gait
  • Trouble walking
  • Panting or rapid breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Confusion or disorientation 
  • Hypersensitivity to touch or sound
  • Face rubbing or signs of facial itchiness
  • Uncontrolled muscle contractions
  • Twitching
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Death

Causes of Low Blood Calcium in Cats

Low blood calcium in cats can be caused by several conditions. It generally occurs either because calcium supplies are deficient, phosphate levels have climbed, or there is poor performance of the parathyroid gland. Hypocalcemia is fairly common in cats that have had their parathyroid gland removed. Some of the common causes of low blood calcium in cats include:

  • Post removal of the parathyroid gland
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Parathyroid tumor
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Postpartum eclampsia
  • Poor nutrition during pregnancy
  • Hypoproteinemia or low blood protein
  • Hypomagnesaemia or low blood magnesium
  • Pancreatitis
  • Rickets
  • Certain medications
  • Antifreeze or other similar poisonings 
  • Toxicity from citrate or oxalate
  • Extreme lack of calcium in diet or malnutrition

Diagnosis of Low Blood Calcium in Cats

Several medical conditions can cause symptoms similar to those that occur due to low blood calcium. Part of the diagnostic process will involve ruling out other conditions. Diagnostic testing may be fairly extensive, even once low calcium has been identified. This is necessary to determine if the underlying cause is a failure of another internal organ or system. Your veterinarian will need to discuss your pet’s medical history, and symptoms you have observed, and the timeline associated with those symptoms. This will help them identify likely causes of your cat’s symptoms. A routine physical examination will also be conducted. Blood and urine samples will be collected for laboratory testing as well. 

Generally, low blood calcium is confirmed during a blood test. Low calcium levels and high phosphate levels will indicate blood calcium is a concern. Your veterinarian will also test for parathyroid hormones and parathyroid function if your pet still has their parathyroid gland. Urine samples may also be tested, with a focus on kidney function. Additional testing will be focused on kidney function, pancreatic function, and parathyroid function, as issues with these vital systems are most likely to cause low calcium levels. In some cases, diagnostic imaging techniques may be used. This could include x-rays, ultrasounds, or other similar methods. 

Treatment of Low Blood Calcium in Cats

The main focus of treatment for low blood calcium will be returning calcium levels to a normal range. If your cat’s levels are extremely low, this process will involve hospitalization. While your pet is hospitalized, blood calcium levels will be closely monitored. Heart monitoring is also required because there is some risk of heart-related issues when calcium levels are being increased. This is commonly accomplished using an electrocardiogram. Common treatment methods include:

Calcium Supplementation 

Calcium will be supplemented to increase the levels of blood calcium. In serious cases, this will occur through injection or through the use of intravenous fluids. Supplementation will often include vitamin D to help the cat better absorb the calcium. Depending on the underlying cause of your pet’s condition, supplementation may be continued on a long-term basis. Once released from the hospital, supplementation is generally provided on an oral basis. 

Treatment for Poisoning or Toxicity

If antifreeze poisoning or other sources of toxicity are confirmed, related treatments will be provided. Your pet will be hospitalized during and post-treatment to ensure a successful recovery. Common treatments for poisoning include induced vomiting, stomach lavage, and administration of medications to counteract the toxin. There is a low risk associated with these treatment methods. 

Treatment for Kidney Disease

If kidney disease or kidney failure is identified, appropriate treatments will be provided. This may include dialysis and medications. In some cases, kidney failure is untreatable. 

Surgical Removal of the Parathyroid 

If the parathyroid gland presents with a tumor or is causing hypoparathyroidism surgical removal may be needed. Your pet will be hospitalized for surgery and recovery. As with any surgical treatment, there is a moderate risk associated with this procedure. Your cat may still require calcium supplementation post-surgery. 

Recovery of Low Blood Calcium in Cats

Prognosis will depend on the underlying cause of low blood calcium levels. In most cases, if proper treatment is received, the prognosis is good. Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D may be required on a long-term basis and administered at home. Dietary changes may also be recommended and should be followed to ensure a successful recovery. It should be noted that if low blood calcium occurred during pregnancy or postpartum, it will likely occur with subsequent pregnancies. Extra care should be taken if the cat becomes pregnant in the future. Be sure to follow all of your veterinarian’s instructions, including proper dosing of medication and supplements and returning for any requested follow-up visits.

Low Blood Calcium Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sugar
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Ear flicking head shake tummy shake

Medication Used

Phenobarbital

Hi my cat went to see a vet 2 1/2 weeks ago for having shakes of the head after scratching and tummy trembles when sleeping. Took him to the vet she thought he seemed healthy, then he spit up a few drops after having his stomach palpataded. Then proceeded to shake his head appearing to be choking on his spit. We tryed to grab him to help him from falling off the bench and got pushed back by the vet saying hes having a seizure and not to touch him. Then she rushed him away for the bloodwork. She gave him a shot of valium first before the bloodwork. Then sent us home with phenobarbital very strong 16mg every 12 hrs. At first couldnt get him to take the fluid so we got the pill. He spit it out of the pill pocket. So we tryed half a pill still bit down on it and spit it out so we tryed a quarter pill and that worked. So we gave it to him every 6hrs when he felt like eating anything. So he gets half the prescribed dose cause thats all and the only way we can get it down. Also nothing has diagnosed him with epilepsy. So not feeling good about him being on this scary drug. Next day she called with bloodwork said everything is normal so lets do toxoplasmosis test and cryptocasis test. They came back negative, but the toxoplasmosis test came back suspect on the IgG cause the concentration was the same saturation as the test vial. We requested his chart cause we didnt have physical results from the bloodwork. Upon reading it over we realized it wasnt normal lots of values were off. The worst one was Calcuim at a 4.2 on a 7-11 average scale. As well as high Phosphorus levels, high CK, high Amylase, and high Bloodsugar. We asked her why we aren't looking into why this values were so off and she said cause of the seizure, that the values were nothing to be concerned about. Then she said she thinks an MRI was best to figure out the neurological issues. We asked why notes in his chart suggested Meningitis from possible infection, fungi,or viral. We asked why she hadnt precibed antibotics then? She answered by telling us we need to end our vet relationship cause we dont trust her and cause we calling everyday seeing if the test results came back yet, and she said this was harassment. So we took all his results and chart to a second opinion consultation and that vet said his Calcium value wouldn't be low cause of the seizure and we need to go get a Calcium Ion test done. Only Emergency vets can do this test. So its taken a week to get an appointment with Internal Medicine there. Do You Think We Are On The Right Track. Already gave $700 to the first vet and the appointment plus full bloodwork and Calcuim Ion test is gonna be another $700. I dont mind, I just dont want to scare and stress my kitty out if this is the wrong direction. Just feeling unsure of whos right here without putting my kitty thur so much stressful tests.

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Tigger
tabby
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Clear Drainage
Lethargy
Sneezing
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Cyproheptadine
Clavamox antibiotic- oral
Cat lax

My kitty first starting by throwing up a few weeks ago and she was prescribed metronidazole. A couple of days later she presented symptoms like sneezing and discharge from her nose and eyes. They then prescribed her clavamox. Ever since giving her clavamox her appetite is completely shot. She is barely eaten. I took her to the get again today and they did a blood panel on her. It came back saying she has high calcium levels, normal phosphate, and elevated magnesium levels. She is healthy otherwise and is only 3 years old. I'm wondering if anybody might know what this combination could indicate

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Bella
Tortashell
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

As above

Medication Used

none

My cat had kittend and then became really poorly 5 days later. She had a really high temp (41¤c) was shaking violently, vomiting, incontinent and laying on her side. Her teet were so swollen and her stomach was Turning a purply colour I took her to a vet and they gave her calcium through an intravenous drip they gave her a injection antibiotic and then sent her home later that day she deteriorated quite rapidly and when I took her back the vet told me that without payment upfront they would no longer treat her and she has to go home and what will be will be. I took her to another vet and she has since then been hospitalized she's had a saline drip antibiotics by intravenous and developed a gangrene mistitus which is really quite bad they said that she will lose the dead skin and have holes in her stomach. Is the 1st vet 2 blame?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
I wouldn't' say that any one is 'to blame' for Bella's condition, but I am sorry that it is happening. It seems that both veterinarians tried to help her, and unfortunately veterinary care does cost money. The first veterinarian that you saw may be guilty of being callous, but they did try to treat her. You are fortunate to have found the other veterinarian who will treat Bella without up front payment, and the situation that she is in would have progressed regardless, and just needs to be treated and managed at this point. I hope that she is okay.

My cat gave birth to two kittens earlier this week. It's her first time giving birth and she struggled a lot. After the labor, she got sick. High fever and she is in pain when she feeds her kittens. A couple of days ago, we took her to the vet because she got paralyzed. The vet said she lacks calcium. The vet gave us and taught us what we need and what to do. One of it is the calcium intake to keep her stable. However, I noticed that whenever I give my cat calcium (oral intake via syringe), her mouth bubbles/foaming. I got anxious and took a pause giving her that because I don't know why it gives that reaction. The vet said, my cat needs the calcium and I should empty the bottle in a week to make sure my cat gets stable.

Please help. I don't know if I should keep giving my cat calcium even if she's foaming when given calcium. I'm afraid that she might be allergic or something.

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Tesla
Half himalayan, half siamese
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Painful breastfeeding
Foaming,
High fever

My cat gave birth to two kittens earlier this week. It's her first time giving birth and she struggled a lot. After the labor, she got sick. High fever and she is in pain when she feeds her kittens. A couple of days ago, we took her to the vet because she got paralyzed. The vet said she lacks calcium. The vet gave us and taught us what we need and what to do. One of it is the calcium intake to keep her stable. However, I noticed that whenever I give my cat calcium (oral intake via syringe), her mouth bubbles/foaming. I got anxious and took a pause giving her that because I don't know why it gives that reaction. The vet said, my cat needs the calcium and I should empty the bottle in a week to make sure my cat gets stable. Please help. I don't know if I should keep giving my cat calcium even if she's foaming when given calcium. I'm afraid that she might be allergic or something.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Cats will often foam at the mouth when they don't like the taste of something, and if your veterinarian gave her that medication, she does need it. It would be a good idea to give your veterinary clinic a call to make sure that the medication is correct, but that is a fairly common thing for cats to do when getting oral medication, and she should be fine to continue with the medication.

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Ted
Ragdoll
23 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I think my kitten has a calcium issue. He’s been perfect in health until yesterday. He all of a sudden couldn’t walk properly with his back legs and kept rolling onto his right side. And appetitive wasn’t brilliant. Visited vets today they refused to check his calcium and have prescribed him metacam as they think it could be a virus! Previous owner feed him on raw food. I’ve been feeding him in kitten biscuits called Specific recommended for him by the vet. He is also very tired.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Viral diseases in young kittens are more common than calcium deficiencies, especially if the kitten is eating a complete balanced kitten food; other causes may be cerebellar disorders (hypotrophy or abiotrophy), trauma, congenital issues among other causes. Without examining Ted, I cannot say for certain what the underlying cause is but if you have concerns you should visit another Veterinarian in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Belle
tabby
9 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic, lost weight

Medication Used

metronidazole

was acting lethargic and just not like herself so we took her to the vet. We had blood work done and it came back that she had high protein and low calcium in her blood. The vet gave us a 10-day medication and she's not much better. Any help would be appreciated I don't feel like the vet is very knowledgeable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Low calcium and high protein are strange findings on a blood test, you didn’t mention whether or not any other parameters were checked and whether or not they were in normal limits since kidney disease or hypoparathyroidism are possibilities. You should return to your Veterinarian (or another Veterinarian for a second opinion) for another examination and further look into possible underlying causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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