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adjusting to a major change in my cat's life. [Jul. 13th, 2012|10:02 pm]
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[falnfenix]
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so my newest and tiniest cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism today (this was just one surprise of many. who knew my supposed 3.5-year-old is actually closer to 11 years old?). we're opting to medicate rather than going the radiation route because holy hell is that treatment EXPENSIVE.

anyway. i never had pets growing up, so i never dealt with a pet that has to be on drugs for any length of time. how much different can i expect her to be once she's on the meds? i was told to look for some lethargy initially and potential food refusal while her thyroid evens out, but is there anything else i should be worried about? about how long can i reasonably expect her to live? she's at least 10 right now. i'd like to have her around for a long time. it's already killing me knowing that she's so much older than the rescue told me when i brought her home 2 years ago.
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[User Picture]From: squid_ink
2012-07-14 02:08 am (UTC)
once your vet figures out the level of tapazole the kitty will be on, the cat will probably gain a little weight and become a little more active. I had a cat that went on tapazole at 14 and she passed at 19 (I was told she was too old for radiocat at 14).

just be vigilant with blood tests and medicating the kitty. The amount of medication can vary with time.

FWIW - I was hyperthyroid myself for a while, and was on Tapazole. Being hyper is awful, you feel like you're going insane and you're exhausted all the time. I was losing so much weight my friends thought I had an eating disorder. It's no fun.
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[User Picture]From: squid_ink
2012-07-14 02:11 am (UTC)
forgot to add... shop around for the tapazole. I used to get Bebop's meds from drugstore dot com but I think Target may be the best place now for it. Don't get it from the vet, they'll be charging an arm and a leg. Hope this helps!

I have a house full of seniors and older kitties really are the best, they have so much love to give. The next cat I bring home will be a senior for sure.
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[User Picture]From: falnfenix
2012-07-14 02:19 am (UTC)
once i know specifics about dosage, i fully intend to shop around. i know KVPet carries 100 pill bottles of both strengths for under $40, but i don't want to buy anything yet...at least, not until we know precisely what dose she'll be on.

my mind is still blown about her age. i thought she was the youngster! my other cat's a 9 year old kitten - he plays with my puppy like he's still a baby.
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[User Picture]From: falnfenix
2012-07-14 02:17 am (UTC)
this whole thing has been an emotional rollercoaster.

we brought home a puppy 3 months ago, and did our best to socialize them. i have a room set up specifically for the cats with a baby gate so they have a safe haven away from him...and Aggie's basically been in hiding since then. about a month ago i managed to grab her and noticed she was suddenly VERY VERY skinny. cue my worry. i started doubling the amount of wet food i normally feed her, and it did nothing. then i came home on Wednesday to a house basically covered in wet poo and vomit, and i started panicking.

i'm pretty anal about medicating on time, at least. this dang cat's going to bankrupt me with the blood tests, though. :\
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[User Picture]From: seamonkey
2012-07-14 03:13 am (UTC)
OT-but they gave you meds for hyperthyroid? I was hyperthyroid and lost something like 40 lbs I didn't have to lose and was told they wouldn't give me anything for it unless I had graves, so I just had to deal with it till my thyroid decided to normal out

To the OP, I know you are med shopping, but have you also called different vet clinics to find out about blood work? My dog has bladder cancer and I have to bring her in every month to get her kidneys checked. They have a "wellness" blood work package at my clinic where they will check everything, including her kidneys, for $35
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[User Picture]From: squid_ink
2012-07-14 01:59 pm (UTC)
(I think this was meant for me) I got meds for hyperthyroid, I was on the maximum dose and it did something initially but after two months didnt do squat... so I had the RAI treatment.

I lost 30 lbs very quickly (Im 5'8" and was about 140 at the time, as I am now. My weight fell to just over 115. It was gross)

I have Graves disease, my thyroid wasnt going to 'normal out', I was going to die of hypertension.
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[User Picture]From: falnfenix
2012-07-14 03:38 pm (UTC)
i've had such bad luck with vets in my area that this is the only vet i trust for basically anything with my pets. :(
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2012-07-16 11:48 pm (UTC)
The other thing to watch for is facial itching or swelling, that is an allergic reaction and you should stop the meds and call the vet if that happens. I know many cats that are living much better and happier lives having their thyroid on an even keel. It can take awhile to get some of them regulated because you know cats they can't make anything easy ;) and sometimes you end up with a weird dose (1/2 a pill in the am 1 1/2 in the pm or 1/4 pill in the am and 1 in the pm) but if you trust your vet it will all work out! Make sure that you get her kidneys tested with her thyroid after being on methimazole for awhile, hyperthyroid can mask kidney issues and once you get those under control the kidney issues can suddenly produce symptoms.
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