More Cat Care Information:
There are different ways to cure your hyperthyroidism sick cat. You can take her to a surgery; take her to treatment called radioactive iodine or rely on feline hyperthyroidism medication only. This may not be the best solution since the cat must take the medication always and as soon as, but it's affordable and easier. On the other side, some cats may not adopt this treatment very well, and vomiting or anorexia can be some side effects. The Methimazole is used to treat a disease all around the world, but it's not the only option offered on the market.
|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. Methimazole – known as Tapazole and Felimazole, as well, is feline hyperthyroidism medication that blocks the production of thyroid hormone. In case of any kidney disease during this treatment, as soon as cat stops taking it, its effect is starting to fade. If the side effects, such as lethargy, loss of appetite or vomiting don't appear in the first three months, you will not see them appear, at all. There are even some more serious problems that might happen, such as liver failure and even kidney problems in case there was an insufficiency before the treatment. This medication can be prescribed for a preparation for surgery, as well, in order to see how the cat reacts on changes.
|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. Carbimazole – it is used mostly if your cat can't handle to methimazole. This medication is not available in the USA due to marketing agreement with Lilly. This medicine is actually converted into methimazole in the body, and some researches have shown that it may have less side effects than the methimazole. Even when something happens, the changes are very mild, so there is no need to stop taking the carbimazole.
3. Alternatives – ipodate is one more feline hyperthyroidism medication, but it's rarely available anywhere. It converts T4 to T3, and most cats didn't show any side effects during treatment. There is one more alternative – the combination of potassium iodate, which takes care of thyroid function and the propranolol or atenolol, which are beta-blockers, and they prevent and control heart disease in this case. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for long-term use since it has a lot of side effects, such as depression, stomachaches and it doesn't reach the highest results.
It seems like this area is still not developed well enough since there is practically only one feline hyperthyroidism medication available everywhere today. This is far from the best options for your cat; it's true that it can balance the thyroid functions, but when taken for a long time, it can cause other problems in the body.
|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).|