More Cat Care Information:
Hyperthyroidism is something that is common in humans but can also affect animals as well, including your pet cat. This condition is where an excessive amount of thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland. If a cat gets this condition its metabolism can be profoundly affected as can some of its other bodily functions.
|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.
Cats who contract this condition may suffer from swelling in one or both of the lobes of the thyroid gland. This can result in too much of the thyroid hormone being produced, and eventually can lead to your cat losing a lot of weight. The thyroid is responsible for a number of things, such as:
Regulating the metabolic rate
Ensuring the health and proper growth of cells
Regulating heat and oxygen levels
|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.|
You should make sure that you are familiar with the symptoms of this disease so that you can get your cat checked and arrange treatment if you suspect that it may have feline hyperthyroidism. You may find that your cat starts to eat a lot more food but does not put weight on. This is because the cat's metabolic rate can shoot up with this condition. In order to keep its energy up the cat will need to eat far more.
However, your cat will eventually start to lose weight. This is because although it may be eating a lot more to keep its energy levels up it will get to a point where it can no longer physically eat as much as it needs to in order to get its energy up, and the result of this will be loss of weight.
Get your cat checked
If you suspect that your cat may have an overactive thyroid you should get him or her checked by the vet. Your vet will be able to give the cat a thorough check up and carry out any necessary tests such as blood tests to check and see whether there is a thyroid problem. If there is, a course of treatment can be decided upon to try and bring thyroid levels back to a normal.
|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).|