This Mr. Fattycat gave us a good scare and went to the vet yesterday. He'd been acting slightly 'off' the previous few days. Well, he'd been peeing outside of the litter box sometimes the past couple weeks, always on whatever dirty laundry is on the floor in the laundry room. We'd been trying to figure that out, bought a hamper for the clothes, even switched the kitty litter back to what I'd been using before. So that was already a concern, but then Sunday and Monday he seemed to be acting just enough different to be a sort of red flag. He was sleeping a lot more, and not in his usual spots. He seemed a little distant or depressed. He would walk part way across the room and lay down, then nap right there. Also, we'd noticed his weight dropping again and some clear spit-like vomit. I'd thought it was from switching his food. Everything put together though, and some reading on the internet, and things seemed to be pointing to kidney disease. I was heartbroken. We'd gone through that twice already with our first cats, Bono and Molly.
So, Kurth took the morning off work and got Fatty into the vet yesterday. They did a general wellness screening. They did the leukemia test because Tripper had died from it. They did a urine test to check his kidneys. They did thyroid test.
For a fourteen year old cat, everything came back great except the thryoid test. He has hyperthyroidism. His 'levels' were off the charts. This certainly does explain a lot of things!
There are a few options for treatment but the most common (I think?) is pills, twice a day for the rest of his life. There is a prescription food but since we have a second cat it would be difficult to be sure the right cat was getting all of that food. There is a radioactive therapy that is quite expensive. And there is surgery, which is risky on older cats. We'll do the pills. He goes back at the end of the month to have his levels rechecked and see if the dosage needs to be tweaked, and then after that I think it's checked every six months or so.
A little pill hidden in some Friskies canned food twice a day is a small price to pay to have this old man fattycat around for a while longer. And it should help him get back to actually being a fattycat!