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Fortunately, if your cat has hyperthyroidism, you don't have to worry too much since there are many options for feline hyperthyroid treatment that can have great results, and your cat will be able to live normally again. The radioactive iodine treatment is definitely the most efficient one lately, and the patient will be able to get back to normal life the very next day. This contemporary therapy is more popular than any other and mostly because it is painless and it takes less time to recover after that. Nevertheless, there are some things to consider before making such a step.
|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. Procedure – this feline hyperthyroid treatment is based on living the abnormal thyroid tissue and leaving the healthy part. Before treatment, the patient must accept the oral treatment for about four weeks, in order to make some body conditions back in normal. That refers to heart problems, kidney problems, depression and many others. Normally, the patient can live his whole life on those medications, but it is not a long-term solution. The therapy usually begins with technetium scan and there is a part where the gamma camera takes pictures of the whole car and locates the real problem. After that, the vet can specify what kind of radioiodine dose should be given to a cat.
|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. Advantages – this procedure is permanent and it doesn't require any preparations at all. The only thing you need is money and everything will be good in the future. When you compare, for example, all the money you give for medications per year, the radioactive therapy costs almost the same, you just need to pay it all at once. Besides, if your cat is too old, you don't have to make her handle some hard treatments, this one is good enough, and it would make her life much better.
3. Disadvantages – today, there are just few hospitals that can offer this kind of treatment so, you need to find out what is the best and safest place for you to help your cat. In addition, even though the cat is in a secure position after the treatment, you need to make sure that the radioactivity is on the safety level, so when it's about feline hyperthyroid treatment, there are some measures that must be respected.
This is the best way to make your cat feel better and live a quality life for a long time. After all, every feline hyperthyroid treatment is good enough, and the most important thing is not to let your cat suffer, in any way.
|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).|