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BarbH 08-27-2013 01:00 AM

Has any one dealt with treating hyperthyriodism in cats?
 
Tomorrow I am taking my elderly cat into the
vet to get him checked out. He has been losing
weight which until today I had figured was old
age. He doesnxt like to be picked up much
although I had picked him up today and realized
he lost more weight than I realized. Started
looking up symtoms and called the vet. Have an
appointment tomorrow, but the vet is thinking it
may be hyperthyriodism which from what I
have seen for the symptoms and what I have
read so far I would agree. Surgery is not an
option or radiation treatment which leaves me
with medication if that is wjat it is. From what I
have read most people don't seem to have
sucess and it seems to make the cat sicker.
What I am wondering is if any one has had
sucess with the oral medication, or any thing
else that has worked. Right now I am trying to
gather as much information as I can to be able
to discus all options with the vet and to make a
decision that is best for my cat. Thanks for any
information you may be able to share

GwenInNM 08-31-2013 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BarbH (Post 2890577)
Tomorrow I am taking my elderly cat into the
vet to get him checked out. He has been losing
weight which until today I had figured was old
age. He doesnxt like to be picked up much
although I had picked him up today and realized
he lost more weight than I realized. Started
looking up symtoms and called the vet. Have an
appointment tomorrow, but the vet is thinking it
may be hyperthyriodism which from what I
have seen for the symptoms and what I have
read so far I would agree. Surgery is not an
option or radiation treatment which leaves me
with medication if that is wjat it is. From what I
have read most people don't seem to have
sucess and it seems to make the cat sicker.
What I am wondering is if any one has had
sucess with the oral medication, or any thing
else that has worked. Right now I am trying to
gather as much information as I can to be able
to discus all options with the vet and to make a
decision that is best for my cat. Thanks for any
information you may be able to share

So, how is your cat? I had a 15 year old cat lose weight rapidly, and she had stomach cancer. I'm sure there are many causes. Ferrets respond well to melatonin injections under skin for this, maybe this is an option for cats?

Robbin48 09-01-2013 12:33 AM

How did the vet visit go?

When my cat was about fifteen she was diagnosed with that. The vet would make up a compound liquid medication that she would tolerate, it was the malt flavour, which is close to the taste of the hairball med. She lived another four years on the meds until she was nineteen, so it definitely extended her life for a few more years.

BarbH 09-04-2013 02:36 PM

Found out that he doesn't have hyperthyriodism, but he is reaching end stages of kidney failure. Changed his diet to a low phosphorus, some what low protien and high fat. He seems to be doing well on it and is eating his new food with gusto. He is starting to act a little more like his old self, still sleeps a lot but has been seeking attention. Been learning a lot about the disease over the past week.

Robbin48 09-05-2013 12:32 AM

I'm happy to hear that he is eating! Kidney failure seems to be very common in elderly cats. Give him lots of hugs...

GwenInNM 09-07-2013 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BarbH (Post 2948769)
Found out that he doesn't have hyperthyriodism, but he is reaching end stages of kidney failure. Changed his diet to a low phosphorus, some what low protien and high fat. He seems to be doing well on it and is eating his new food with gusto. He is starting to act a little more like his old self, still sleeps a lot but has been seeking attention. Been learning a lot about the disease over the past week.

My cat got that, and they get to a point where they stop eating. If you want to keep your cat alive for longer, you can get fluid injected subqtaneously (under skin) and they feel better almost immediately. It doesn't last long, and eventually, it stops being effective and then it's time to say good-bye :-( I still miss my cat, Katie. She was a great cat. Got her in 1988 when she was 2. She was dropped off at the shelter with a litter of kittens that were too young to put up for adoption. They got homes quickly, as kittens always do, but not her. She died a number of years ago, don't remember exactly, but she lived to 17.


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