I am rather sad today. I took Bebe my 11 year old cat tot he vet’s yesterday for her checkup and I indicated to her vet that Bebe has lost weight over the last year. In fact she lost 2 lbs since last spring. Her heart rate was very tachycardic and the vet alos heard a heart mumur. Lab work was conducted and it indicated that my beloved Bebe has hyperthyroidism. This can be a serious issue for older cats, causing damage to her heart, liver and kidneys……poor Bebe. I feel so guilty of not taking her to the vet’s sooner…so today I am beating myself up over the situation. My vet prescribed Methinazole .5ml twice daily. My cat hates medication. The only other options are surgery to remove her thyroid tumor or take her to Boston for a radioactive injection that cost’s over $1500. I chose the medication as an alternative for now. I’ll take her back in 3 weeks for repeat lab to see if there is any improvement yet.
Upon this diagnosis my heart sank…my poor Bebe….why her? Only God knows….I guess that I will pray for her health to be restored.
According to some information I have reviewed these are the facts!
Cat Diseases and Illnesses—Hyperthyroidism
A common feline disease among adult and senior cats, hyperthyroidism is caused by the excessive production of hormones by an enlarged thyroid gland. This cat health condition may lead to the development of heart disease and can affect kidney function.
Treatments for hyperthyroidism include radioactive iodine and surgical removal of the thyroid gland.
Please pray for my kitty!