More Cat Care Information:
The hyperthyroidism in cats symptoms are not very hard to recognize. You'll notice that your cat is losing weight drastically even though she eats more than usual, or she can even lose the appetite; she will have breathing problems since the heart rate will be high and the blood pressure, as well; she might urinate much often than usual because of kidney dysfunction; and so on. However, some symptoms are harder to notice since they are related to behavioural changes that might be even more dangerous than the physical.
|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. Hyperactivity – this is definitely not a good sign, especially because this illness is connected to older cats and they are supposed to be calmed down at that age. You cat is very nervous because of all processes going on in her, and that's the way to manifest it. At some point, your cat may become aggressive, even with you, mostly because she feels helpless and scared. Among all the behavioural hyperthyroidism in cats symptoms, this one happens every time; only the intensity may be different.
|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.|
2. Yowling and sleepless nights – the cat might begin to produce strange noises that are hard to explain. This doesn't mean that she is in pain, but she feels there is something wrong with her, and her nervous system is disturbed because of hyperthyroidism. Besides, she will probably have the sleeping problems; she'll start wandering around the house or look disoriented. The only good thing is that every owner will note that this is very unusual behaviour and try to find help soon.
3. Lethargy and depression – this behaviour is not very common, but it can get you worried, anyway. Instead of feeling hyperactive and hungry all the time, the cat will lose appetite, or she would only lie in one position for hours. This is not only related to hyperthyroidism in cats symptoms since there are many cats with some other health problems that have practically lost the will to live. For example, one way to find out is your cat suffering, or she is just having a bad day is bringing her favourite things, food and try playing with her, and if that doesn't work, you know what you need to do.
People do making mistakes when they connect behaviour of their cat with a particular disease without talking to the professional. Unfortunately, hyperthyroidism in cats symptoms like in other health problems can be expressed this way, and it's not recommended to find the answer by yourself, or try to treat the cat on your own.
|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).|