More Cat Care Information:
If your cat is sick, it is very hard for her to lead a normal life. Hyperthyroidism in cats are very common and it takes a lot of time to recognize the symptoms and then choose the best treatment. However, that's not the only thing that must be done, you must take care of your pet daily, give it all the love and support and be there for it all the time.
|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. Take the cat to the vet
The most important thing is never to let days or weeks pass by and neglect how dangerous hyperthyroidism in cats could be. The vet will do the job and let you know how you could improve the quality of cat's life. You must make meals based on a special diet. You should give her the medications and monitor the behaviour at all times. When it comes to treatment, the vet will give you the right advice on what kind of treatment which is recommendable for your cat.
2. Prepare yourself
|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.|
It is not only about your cat's physical and mental condition, it's about your feelings as well. Watching your cat being nervous, losing hair, vomiting, having breathing problems and other similar things can be really heart breaking and some people just can't deal with it. On the other side, there are people who are just being selfish and they prefer putting their cat to sleep rather than helping her to get over the situation. Hyperthyroidism in cats can be life threatening, but the cure actually exists, so the best thing you can do is develop enthusiasm and be helpful.
3. Don't blame yourself
There is no particular thing that leads to this illness, so there is actually nothing you can do to prevent the condition. It is true that heart and kidney problems are related to this disease but as a pet owner, the only thing you can do is visit a vet as soon as you notice the symptoms, especially if your cat is very old. Of course, by improving the life quality of your cat and taking her to the vet occasionally you can at least have a peace of mind and know that you are doing your best to make the cat happy.
Just like any health condition connected to animals, hyperthyroidism in cats can be very annoying, since your cat can't tell you what is bothering her and you must put your efforts and notice that. However, as soon as your cat can sense that you are giving all the love you can, she will begin to feel much better.
|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).|