(Closed) Hyperthyroid Cat

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What treatment choice?
    Medication : (5 votes)
    71 %
    Radiation to blast the thyroid : (2 votes)
    29 %
    Surgery to remove the Thyroid : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My mom did. She tried the medication route, but her cat wasn’t so happy about a daily pill and figured out when my mom was trying to hide it in her food. So if your cat is okay with meds, that’s probably your most economical option I would imagine. I used to hide my old cat Smee’s daily meds in those Pill Pocket treats, he LOVED them, it made it so much easier with him! Good luck!

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @kayakgirl73: There are kitty ones, duck, chicken and beef I believe. Smee only really liked the chicken ones. He ran away from the duck ones, lol! I got mine at PetSmart although my vet sold them too.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My 18 year old cat had Hyperthyroidism. We put her on medication, which was a pain in the ass because we had to keep adjusting it and follow up with blood work.  I had no problem giving it to her, but found out through the blood tests that the medication was masking kidney failure so we had to put her down. She lost a ton of weight and I could not bear to see her suffer any more. If she was a lot younger I think I would have opted for the radiation because it’s a one time thing and you don’t have to worry about giving the cat medication. 

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    After your kitty is regulated usually they run a T-4 panel once every 6 months and the cost is between $100-$150. The thyroid pills themselves are relatively inexpensive..about $30-50 for a 1 month supply. Personally I would do the tablets since your kitty is already so old.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @kayakgirl73: How old is your kitty? I know what you mean. It did get expensive for me towards the end because after we made the first adjustments, she wasn’t gaining weight, but still eating. So then I went back a week or so later, the vet did bloodwork and we adjusted the medication again. After that week, she wasn’t really eating much food and was losing weight more quickly. The blood test will help detect high kidney levels. My vet told me that for her age, she would be shocked if her kidney’s levels were normal. She told me that cats with kidney problems can live a normal life, you just have to put them on a low protein diet. However, because she was 18 years old there was no point, and for me, putting her down was the humane thing to do. It was hard, i wasn’t ready to let her go, but I had to be kind to the animal.

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