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    Cali may have hyperthyroidism

    Cali has been "off" since we moved. Had bloodwork done today and it looks like she has hyperthyroidism. I need to collect a urine sample to complete the testing to be sure.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? What treatment did you choose?

    Cali is my heart kitty, she got me thru the worst times with my chemo.

    I'm very sad and upset.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (twelve year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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    I'm sorry about Cali's diagnosis, but the good news is that hyperthyroidism is a very treatable disease, and she should be able to live a normal life. She will need regular bloodwork to ensure her thyroid is regulated.
    I'm sure the vet gave you all the treatment options.
    Most of our clients choose either oral or transdermal methimazole.
    One option is food, Hill's y/d. This only works if you can feed Cali separate from your other kitty, because she cannot eat anything else but this diet. If you do research on this food, however, there's some controversy about long-term issues.
    The other option is surgery to remove the tumor on the thyroid. It is a permanent fix, no medication needed, but not cheap.
    And most expensive solution (also permanent) is radioactive iodine therapy.
    https://thyrocat.com/radioactive-iod...t-for-cats.php

    I hope this helps, and give Cali some lovies.
    Willa (5/1/1997-3/17/2018)

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    Thank you, your comments help a lot. She is my best friend and was the one cuddling with me when I felt lousy after chemo. I've read it is a good plan to do medication for 3 months to see if kidney problems crop up, if all is good then can do the radioactive iodine. I'm thinking this is how we will proceed.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (twelve year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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    That's good to hear that you already have decided on a treatment for Cali. I think it's the ideal solution, no daily medication.
    Willa (5/1/1997-3/17/2018)

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    Loads of healing energies and warm wishes are being sent from us for sweet Cali.

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}} and ~~~~PURRRS~~~~ and from Pat and Galaxy and Sparkler
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
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    Thank you Pat, Galaxy and Sparkler. I just want my girlie to feel better.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (twelve year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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