Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sept. 3 - Lynx Goes To The Vet

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!

4 comments:

  1. Hoping the pills kick in and Fattycat recovers quickly! Fattycat is beautiful!

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    1. I read that the pills can usually get things under control in a week or two, but I'm pretty sure he's doing better already. We just have to figure out the easiest way to give that pill twice a day.

      ~Deb

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  2. What a pretty kitty! My sadly departed Isis was hyperthyroid and was on a 1/2 a methimazole tab once a day for about 3 years before she died last year at age 15. I noticed the problem when she dropped some weight fairly quickly and then out of the blue started randomly attacking my other cat Koosh.

    I also had her on the special food ($$$) which meant the two cats got breakfast and dinner in separate rooms, and Koosh's food was kept up on a shelf in the linen closet if she didn't finish it right away. It was a pain, but we got into a routine about it.

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    1. Half a tab, once a day? Wow, my cat must REALLY be bad. He's on full tablet, twice a day! For now at least. Hubby says the vet did mention possibly tweaking it down to half a pill after they see how his levels respond.

      I forgot to watch him eat this morning, to be sure the pill was lapped up with the Friskies mush food. I found the pill on the clean plate a few minutes later. Doh! So we had to pry open his mouth and force feed it. I absolutely don't want that to become routine because he'll hate coming near us.

      ~Deb

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