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Old 01-21-09, 02:39 PM   #1
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I just found out my cat (who is coming up for 15 now) has a hyperactive thyroid and kidney problems and is going to need medication, and perhaps a change of diet. The medication won't break the bank, but it means more blood work down the road, and who knows what else. Anyone got any experience with such things?
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Yes.

I had to put down my 16-year old cat, Lorenzo (the cat in my avatar), back in July. He had failing kidneys and cancer in his ear. His kidneys finally failed, so I did the right thing by him. From the time he was diagnosed with elevated kidney levels to the time he was put down was about a year. The vet prescribed Hills Prescription Diet K/D, and it seemed to work well for a while.

My soon to be 18-year old cat, Lance (short for Lancelot, not the cyclist), was also just diagnosed with elevated kidney levels. Our new vet has prescribed Hills Prescription Diet G/D. She did say his thyroid gland is fine. The only real issues he had in his checkup 2 weeks ago was elevated kidney levels, arthritis in all 4 legs and his neck, and he's lost most of his teeth behind the canines. She said his remaining teeth are in great shape.

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I just found out my cat (who is coming up for 15 now) has a hyperactive thyroid and kidney problems and is going to need medication, and perhaps a change of diet. The medication won't break the bank, but it means more blood work down the road, and who knows what else. Anyone got any experience with such things?
yup. My 16 year old cat has hyperactive thyroid and needs meds and wet cat food. He's still going strong, and I hope he keeps going for a few more years.
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It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that it was almost unheard of for a household cat or dog to live 15+ years. Yay for modern veterinary medicine.
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Except for the times when he was bitten by another cat, this animal has never gotten sick before. I was supposed to pick up the meds today, but ran out of time. Tomorrow.

Oh gee, heading for the daily joys of a pill-popping pusscat.
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My first cat had to take steroids for a breathing condition. It was harder than heck to get her to take the pill every night. She got smart and would spit it out of whatever food I put it in. I finally decided I wouldn't give her the food until she took the pill. It took several days, but she finally got to the point where she'd see me get the food ready, then would wait and let me give her the pill because she knew she'd get to eat afterward.
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not cat, but dog had the bad kidneys.

Didn't get any medication for her other than they wanted me to feed her this yucky dry dog food that was nearly devoid of protein (substituted whey) as you want to drastically reduce protein intake and my dog wouldn't touch it so I made her food for the last few years of her life - and I must say her health improved - she was also on rimadyl for her arthritis.

Here's a possibility.

http://www.ehow.com/how_12698_make-homemade-cat.html
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Good luck with your cat, Boudicca.
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Good luck Boudicca!

About 17 years ago my cat Tiger was diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid. He was only 9 years old at the time but since he was a sickly kitten when my mother brought him home the vet thought we were lucky he was still quite healthy. We changed his diet (result: angry cat), gave him extra vitamins (a sticky paste + angry cat = torn human fingers), and pills (OMG -- we went through the prescription twice as fast since he'd spit the pill into the litter box or into the water dish).

Tiger improved with the meds and new diet and was fine for a year or so. He passed away when he was a few months shy of 11 from cancer. We couldn't say his name in front of my mother for awhile. Then several months later she found a tiny filthy flea covered ball of fur in a parking lot and it was love at first sight. She named him Tiger II because she was convinced this kitten was the reincarnation of Tiger (I won't mention the seance my mom attended where she asked the spirit if Tiger was doing ok in heaven, and the spirit said he was bored and would return to us...).
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not cat, but dog had the bad kidneys.

Didn't get any medication for her other than they wanted me to feed her this yucky dry dog food that was nearly devoid of protein (substituted whey) as you want to drastically reduce protein intake and my dog wouldn't touch it so I made her food for the last few years of her life - and I must say her health improved - she was also on rimadyl for her arthritis.

Here's a possibility.

http://www.ehow.com/how_12698_make-homemade-cat.html
My cats loved the prescription dry K/D food.
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We crush the pills into a fine powder and mix it in with his food. Thataway, it doesn't take 3 people to get that pill down his throat.
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We crush the pills into a fine powder and mix it in with his food. Thataway, it doesn't take 3 people to get that pill down his throat.
use a straw like a blow gun.
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many cases of pets having bad kidneys is directly tied to chinese melamine in the chow
a diet of guaranteed good food usually solves a lot of issues.


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and the pet food they produce ....GRRRRRRR !
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There is an alternative... One Quick Shot, One Short Stay, One Permanent Cure... http://thyrocat.com/ (There are other companies that perform radiation therapy as well).

At your cat's age, it is a "maybe", since my cat was 9 it was a no-brainer. Took her to CT, they gave her a shot, kept her for a few days, I had to handle her litter carefully for a while, and her T-4 levels are fine... no more medication will ever be needed. By the time you figure the cost of medicine, the cost of periodic T-4 tests and the stress of medicating your cat, the payback period for the $1500 or so for radiation treatment is only a couple of years.

I did give her the medication for a while (to validate that it was thyroid). She was hard to pill, and there are alternative ways to prepare the medication. If you have a pharmacist around that does veterinary compounding you can get the medicine in liquid form (chicken flavored seems to work well for me) and also in a gel form that can be placed in the ear (you must wear latex or nitrile type gloves when doing this to keep from absorbing the medicine yourself).

Good luck on taking care of your cat.
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