Tuesday, June 4, 2013

We are still here.


Mum has been super busy lately (and travelling) so we haven't really had much chance to post. But we wanted to ask if anyone has a kitty who is hyperthyroid. Zowie has just been diagnosed, so mum is doing her research and stuff.


meowmeowmans said...

Thanks for checking in, pals! WE have had cats who have been hyprethyroid. And we know there are lots of our CB pals who have experienced this as well.

Angel and Kirby said...

WE are always glad to see you!

Karen Jo said...

It's great to see you again. I can't help you with the hyperthyroid but I am sure that others can.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Nice seeing you! I am sure there are lots of hyperthyroid kitties in the blogosphere who can help you and give support.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Yes, Annie was hyper-thyroid. Audrey at Simba and Audrey's blog is hyper-thryoid. The Admiral was, there are other cats around who are. Domino from Wendy's LOL Spot.

Annie was on methimazole because I couldn't afford the few thousand dollars to have the I-131 radiation done, which I sorely regret now. Lots of cats do fine on the meds, but Annie was never the same after her diagnosis, perhaps for that and other reasons. I'll never know.

If you're looking for a good support venue and terrific info, I believe Yahoo still has its feline hyper-t group. I had joined that for awhile, got great info and advice in the first few months.

#1 suggestion is to make sure the med dose is super-low to start. A lot of vets dose far too high to begin with. Do your research and if you have an issue with anything the vet is doing, insist on what you want or find another vet.

Oh, also, methimazole can, at the beginning, lower the blood platelets. Have them checked periodically. Annie's dropped initially, but then returned to more normal levels for her.

Also, if you can't pill, of course you can get it compounded into a transdermal gel. There are two types of bases for the gel -- Annie had a problem with the older one and I had to, on my own, do the research to find out there was another type of base with less irritation to the inner ears, and I had to insist the vet switch compounding pharmacies. So in my case, my experience was stressful and difficult in getting the right delivery agent for the medication for Annie. I'm probably in the minority, though.

Good luck! There's tons of great info on the web on hyper-t, a lot vet-written.

But my feeling, bottom line, is if the cat's kidneys are fine and if you can swing the cost of the I-131, go for it.


The Island Cats said...

It's so good to hear from you! We're sorry about Zowie having hyper-T, but there's lots of good info out there about different treatments. Fuzzy Tales also gave you some good info.