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Ren has been Diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism - Damn

Ren has been Diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism - Damn

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bexVN

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12,005 posts

108 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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Hyperthyroidism - I know it's a treatable condition, I know it's a common conditioning but damn all the same,

Ren is 15 now but has really never had an illness in that time. An injured tail, bit of lameness once and a quick dental about sums it up, so it is a real shock that actually has an old age problem. Until 2 months ago she was looking half her age.

I never normally have too worry about her (as most of you know Fitz is the one I normally have to worry about!)

I guess I have just twigged and admitted to myself that my ever reliable, gentle and sweet (though a wee bit feisty when being poked and prodded at the vets) little Rennie girl is finally getting old.

To add to it (and because she is s vet nurses cat) she is not typical of a hyperthyroid case so the vet wants to scan her next week, she'll need sedating for that!

Oh and her supposedly best friend Fitz hates her right now cos she smells of vet, funny how she never holds it against him when it's the other way round!

Well better get her started on her meds.

Edited by bexVN on Saturday 8th September 16:51


Edited by bexVN on Saturday 8th September 17:01

jimmyjimjim

3,987 posts

135 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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bexVN said:
Oh and her supposedly best friend Fitz hates her right now cos she smells of vet, funny how she never holds it against him when it's the other way round!
This is something I hate with my cats. The most placid one turns into a hissing little sod when he smells vet.

Good luck with the treatment!

bexVN

Original Poster:

12,005 posts

108 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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My phone screwed up when posting this topic so the title hasn't appeared, does anyone know how I correct that?!

Jasandjules

55,316 posts

126 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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Sorry to hear that Bex.

Hugs from us.

mrsxllifts

2,501 posts

96 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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bexVN said:
My phone screwed up when posting this topic so the title hasn't appeared, does anyone know how I correct that?!
A mod should be able to put a title in for you, if one doesn't come along soon, pop a post up in website feedback and it should be sorted for you smile

ali_kat

28,902 posts

118 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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bexVN said:
Oh and her supposedly best friend Fitz hates her right now cos she smells of vet, funny how she never holds it against him when it's the other way round!
Aye, Bast always did this to Pepi when he came home form the Vet, but when it was the other way around he'd missed her dreadfully & groomed the smell out of her.

bexVN

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12,005 posts

108 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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I'll pop a post in Website feedback (via my laptop this time!) thank you

ETA - Thank you Mods, I'm now titled smile

Edited by bexVN on Saturday 8th September 18:46

Simpo Two

63,054 posts

162 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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bexVN said:
ETA - Thank you Mods, I'm now titled smile
Promoted to Lady Bex!

bexVN

Original Poster:

12,005 posts

108 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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Simpo Two said:
bexVN said:
ETA - Thank you Mods, I'm now titled smile
Promoted to Lady Bex!
I know it's great hehe Could never happen, haven't got the patience or inclination for clothes shopping/ hair styling, make up etc, I'd be a hopeless Lady!!

Well first tablet into Ren tonight, without too much trouble. She will be the trickier of all my four legged friends to tablet long term I think, but so far so good! Lets hope she gains a bit of weight. She only weighs 3.1kg normally but currently she's weighing in at 2.85kg tiny!

SPR2

2,651 posts

93 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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Hope the treatment is successful for her.

ali_kat

28,902 posts

118 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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Big hugs for you & Ren (& Fitz) Bex

Sorry, just realise I'd deleted that off my original post when I corrected a spelling mistake! frown

CobolMan

1,085 posts

104 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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We went through this with both of our moggies, I became a dab hand at administering the tablets. Hope your Ren does ok with the meds.

bexVN

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12,005 posts

108 months

Sunday 9th September 2012
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I tablet cats day in and day out just typical that one of my own is a bit quick at trying to push your hand away with her paws and a bit of help with her claws! Luckily I tend to be quicker. She will probably get used to it....I hope!

And thanks I hope she does to smile

mrsxllifts

2,501 posts

96 months

Sunday 9th September 2012
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Our vet has a magic syringe type thing that pops the tablet in the right place in mogsters mouth, not sure what its called but definately saved some stiches with our last one! I always choose the slow release injections for anything he needed after a scrap! Good luck with daily tablets, the only long-term one I've dealt with, is the kidney tablets and good 'ol ginger lapped them up like treats.

rlw

2,474 posts

134 months

Sunday 9th September 2012
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Our Boris lost half a kilo and it showed - the vet diagnosed hyerthyroidism. Four months later, two tablets per day simply crushed into his meals, he has put back a kilo and is at his optimum weight(he thinks anyway) of 7 kilos............

Was offered the operation but thought we would try the tablets first as he is a bit of a scaredy cat and an op would have dented his self confidence for weeks.

HTP99

6,409 posts

37 months

Monday 10th September 2012
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Our youngest cat, Jazzy, has hyperthyroid disease, she is 8 or 9.

We hadn't really noticed but she lost loads of weight, other half took her to the vets and our usual vet actually specialises in it and could tell straight away what was wrong with her, she was very hyper and thin.

We were given a weeks worth of tablets to see how she reacted and were told that ultimately she would need a blood test on her kidneys, £180!! and if that was clear an operation to remove her thyroid glands £320!!!!!.

Fortunately she is ok on the tablets and put on weight very quickly.

We give her tablets to her in a little block of cheese.

bexVN

Original Poster:

12,005 posts

108 months

Monday 10th September 2012
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That's good too hear for her, though she's quite young frown

Most vets can detect a hyperthyroid cat tbh as symptoms are distinctive. Did she not have her kidneys and liver checked at the same time as her thyroid levels as this is fairly standard protocol?

Is she insured because as she is so young it may well be worth considering iodine therapy. Couple people here have had it on their cats, they do need to be hospitalised for a few weeks at a referral vets. If Ren was younger I'd consider it. It is costly though.

The other option is a new diet called Hills YD. It saves on tableting but only that cat can eat it as it'd be harmful to a healthy cat (no good for mms as Ren is not being the typical greedy thyroid cat so my other cat may pinch it!) We have seen some good results with it.

Rutter

1,508 posts

103 months

Monday 10th September 2012
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Leo is currently halfway through his first months course of tablets for this and seems to be putting weight back on, he is also getting back to his normal shouty self, not sure if this is a good thing or not, I was enjoying restful nights sleep!

akita1

350 posts

97 months

Monday 10th September 2012
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Hope everything turns out ok.Bill&Zak.

wendyg

2,071 posts

140 months

Monday 10th September 2012
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My cat Willow has just been diagnosed, have to speak to the vet tomorrow about treatment options. So, pills, surgery, or diet are the main choices? Anyone got comments on the pros and cons? She is 14 and everything else has checked out OK.