More Cat Care Information:
The first time you see your cat changed in any way, you wonder what is wrong with her. Don't start panicking right away, she might have one of those bad days or she needs more vitamins, for example. Unfortunately, the problem might be larger and you should be prepared for cat hyperthyroidism symptoms and signs, no matter how unpleasant they are.
|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.
More than 90% of the cats have this disease if they are more than seven years old. If you take your cat to the vet every six months and have detailed checkups, you may prevent some serious complications in the future. People are usually talking about the most common signs, such as weight loss, hair loss, aggression, vomiting and depression. But what about some unusual symptoms? Here are three of them.
1. Sinus Tachycardia
When it comes to cat hyperthyroidism symptoms and signs, the kidneys or the heart are first on the list. Among many cardiac problems, the sinus tachycardia can cause very high heart rate, bad pulse quality and problems with capillary refill time. If the cat has this problem next to hyperthyroidism, the Atenolol is usually combined with any other medications or treatments.
|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.|
In any case of hyperthyroidism, the cat can lose a lot of water and minerals, such as sodium, chloride and potassium and the level can fall under 5%, which is a clear sign of this condition. The reason why this happens in this case is vomiting or diarrhea. These are very common signs of hyperthyroidism. It is important for you to notice the dehydration on time and the usual signs are poor skin elasticity, lethargy, dry mouth and even breathing problems. In most occasions, it is not only the water that your cat needs, so the vet must give her the IV as soon as possible.
3. Sudden Blindness
This is another part where heart problems may provoke further concerns. Your cat will probably have high blood pressure, which is probably one of the most common cat hyperthyroidism symptoms. It can get so high that your cat might become blind. You will probably notice her walking disoriented and hitting the furniture. You should talk to the vet once you notice this, because your cat can also become very nervous and depressive in this situation.
It is not hard to notice most of cat hyperthyroidism symptoms and signs, but they can trick you, so don't try to make the diagnosis on your own, or determine the treatment by yourself. If you really want to help your cat, take her to the vet.
|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).|