I mean, how could such an active and crazy cat be sick?
Those are common symptoms of a cats with hyperthyroidism. And unfortunately, when left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to a host of other diseases, including certain kinds of heart disease and heart failure.
Hyperthyroidism occurs because when the thyroid produces too much hormone, it speeds up all the body’s processes, including the heart rate, causing additional stress on the heart muscle, which can eventually lead to heart failure.
Here is a article from The blade I want you to read about how to Hill’s Special diet helped a cat return to almost normal conditions when placed on this special diet.
Hyperthyroidism Diet helps calm tabby’s thyroid issues
Medication, radioiodine commonly treat disorder
It really does make a difference what you eat. Marna Ramnath’s cat Twist’s hyperthyroidism is under control because of a special diet.
Twist, a 16-year-old gray tabby, was diagnosed two years ago with an overactive hyperthyroidism, which is fairly common among aging cats, says Dr. Jen Tate, a veterinarian at SylvaniaVET who has been Twist’s doctor for many years.
He had extremely high blood-thyroid-hormone levels and a rapid heart rate, so surgery was recommended, said Ms. Ramnath. The procedure, a partial thyroidectomy, improved his condition only slightly, so he was started on medication — methimazole.
“The medication didn’t give good control, either,” said Ms. Ramnath, of Sylvania. “His blood levels fluctuated from very high to very low with the slightest of adjustments in dosage.”
The cat continued on the medication, but when a new Hill’s Science Diet prescription food specifically for hyperthyroidism came out last year, Dr. Tate suggested they put Twist on it.
The food limits the cat’s uptake of iodine, which is a building block of thyroid hormone.
“We were skeptical that diet alone could control what surgery and medication couldn’t, but decided to try it at Dr. Tate’s recommendation,” Ms. Ramnath said. “Six weeks after switching to the diet-only treatment, his blood thyroid level was within normal limits and has remained so. He has regained weight and muscle mass, his heart rate is normal, and his skin and coat look healthy.”
A downside to the regimen is that Twist can eat only the prescription diet, with no exceptions. That means no treats and no table food. Ms. Ramnath’s other two cats could eat it, as well, even though they don’t have thyroid disease, but they must have at least a 10 percent regular diet, which she must keep Twist from eating.
A partial thyroidectomy was only mildly successful in treating Sylvania resident Marna Ramnath’s tabby, Twist. A partial thyroidectomy was only mildly successful in treating Sylvania resident Marna Ramnath’s tabby, Twist.
The juggling act is worth it, she says, since the prescription food is the only thing that has helped Twist.
As chronic feline illnesses go, hyperthyroidism is not a bad lot to draw, because there are options for treatment and it is very manageable, Dr. Tate said.
“I like dealing with cats that are hyperthyroid, because I feel like we can really make a difference for that cat and get them back to feeling good again,” she said.
Twist showed the common symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
He had lost weight and muscle tone and his skin and coat looked dry and dull. He also was eating voraciously despite the weight loss.
Other symptoms Dr. Tate has seen include personality changes.
“Suddenly, the cat starts beating up on the other cat in the house,” she said.
Dr. Tate cautions clients that the prescription diet may cause their cat to eat less.
“It doesn’t mean they don’t like it,” Dr. Tate said. “It just means it’s working. They don’t feel the need to eat as much once their thyroid level comes into the normal range.”
Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, is common in middle-aged and older cats. One of the paired glands in the neck develops a benign tumor that oversecretes thyroid hormone.
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