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There are many ways to help your cat when she has feline hyperthyroidism, and whatever you choose, it's better than just letting her life the miserable life. Many people make mistakes when they think they can't do anything, and they give up on their cat. There are many things involved with feline hyperthyroid treatment and no matter which you choose, your cat will be with you for another ten years, at least.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
1. Procedure – before this feline hyperthyroid treatment starts, it's important to prepare the patient. That means that he must be on some medications for at least four weeks and adapt the body to the future changes, and reduce other health problems the patient might have. There are two possible procedures – when only one gland must be removed since the other one is not abnormal, and when both glands should be removed.
2. Advantages – this is usually a permanent procedure, meaning that the patient probably will not need any more surgeries in the future. This treatment is affordable, and you will not have to go to another area or town in order to find a good surgeon, so this feline hyperthyroid treatment may be a great solution.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
3. Disadvantages – unfortunately, some things will not turn out right, and just like any surgery, this one have risks, as well. First, treating the patient with heart or kidney issues might be a real problem. The procedure must be done very carefully, because if the abnormal tissues or gland is left behind, all the symptoms may come back after a couple of months. Unlike radioactive iodine therapy, this one requires monitoring before and after the surgery, so it may take time, nerves, and money, as well. Other risks of surgery are that low-blood calcium during the surgery; the voice box might be changed accidentally, and there might be some changes in eyelids and pupil size.
This feline hyperthyroid treatment is not very recommendable for every patent. The best solution a sick cat might have is a radioactive iodine treatment that does not take a lot of time, and even though it's expensive, it is worth the money. Besides, in most of the cases, the procedure must not be done another time since all sick part can be removed easily. The best part is that the patient doesn't need any kind of treatments after the operation and can get back to normal life easily.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|