One kitty’s craving for Italian food proved to be a symptom of a serious illness, according to the trendy news website metro.co.uk.
Fortunately, the cat’s owner, a veterinarian in the United Kingdom, realized her cat wasn’t just being “naughty” when he stole Italian food from her plate. She noticed his cravings for foods like pizza, pasta, meatballs, and mozzarella were so strong that there had to be more behind it.
She also noticed that the cat was consuming more water than normal, was much more irritable and less affectionate, and was losing a lot of weight, despite his cravings for Italian food.
A blood test revealed that the 15-year-old cat had hyperthyroidism.
The cat’s strange eating habits may have saved his life, as some symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which is common in older cats, can be easy for even experienced owners to miss.