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CatNipped
January 12th 06, 07:26 PM
I remember reading something here about cats who have thyroid problems
meowing more than they usually do. Does anyone have any information on
that? Jessie just had blood work done and one of the things the vet
suspects is thyroid problems. She's 6.5 years old, losing weight (from 7.65
to 6.8 lbs), her coat is looking raggedy, and a bit of her third eyelid is
showing. Added to all that, but I didn't twig to it until just now so
didn't tell the vet, is a yowly sounding meow that's she's been doing.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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cybercat
January 12th 06, 07:57 PM
"CatNipped" > wrote in message
...
> I remember reading something here about cats who have thyroid problems
> meowing more than they usually do. Does anyone have any information on
> that? Jessie just had blood work done and one of the things the vet
> suspects is thyroid problems. She's 6.5 years old, losing weight (from
7.65
> to 6.8 lbs), her coat is looking raggedy, and a bit of her third eyelid is
> showing. Added to all that, but I didn't twig to it until just now so
> didn't tell the vet, is a yowly sounding meow that's she's been doing.
>

This is classic, Lori, and exactly what my Boo was like before treatment
for hyperthyroid. (She had one anomaly--she was actually OVERweight,
the vet can't explain it, it just happens sometimes.)

Her coat was raggedy looking and she had dandruff (noticable on a
black coat) and she howled every day, "out of the blue." She was
9 when diagnosed, but we think she had it for a while. One thing
that tipped off the vet: Boo had a rapid heart rate, over 300 bpm.
(180 is about normal for a cat IIRC.) The good news is, it is
easy to correct. Keep us posted.

CatNipped
January 12th 06, 08:07 PM
"cybercat" > wrote in message
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>
> "CatNipped" > wrote in message
> ...
>> I remember reading something here about cats who have thyroid problems
>> meowing more than they usually do. Does anyone have any information on
>> that? Jessie just had blood work done and one of the things the vet
>> suspects is thyroid problems. She's 6.5 years old, losing weight (from
> 7.65
>> to 6.8 lbs), her coat is looking raggedy, and a bit of her third eyelid
>> is
>> showing. Added to all that, but I didn't twig to it until just now so
>> didn't tell the vet, is a yowly sounding meow that's she's been doing.
>>
>
> This is classic, Lori, and exactly what my Boo was like before treatment
> for hyperthyroid. (She had one anomaly--she was actually OVERweight,
> the vet can't explain it, it just happens sometimes.)
>
> Her coat was raggedy looking and she had dandruff (noticable on a
> black coat) and she howled every day, "out of the blue." She was
> 9 when diagnosed, but we think she had it for a while. One thing
> that tipped off the vet: Boo had a rapid heart rate, over 300 bpm.
> (180 is about normal for a cat IIRC.) The good news is, it is
> easy to correct. Keep us posted.

Thanks! I'm glad I spent the extra $30 for the thyroid screening then. I
wouldn't have thought it would be a problem because she is so young (she
won't be 7 until July of next year).

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cybercat
January 12th 06, 08:24 PM
"CatNipped" > wrote

> Thanks! I'm glad I spent the extra $30 for the thyroid screening then. I
> wouldn't have thought it would be a problem because she is so young (she
> won't be 7 until July of next year).
>

I guess they can get it at any age, though with most other disorders it
is more prevalent in the older cats. Let's hope this is the WORST it is.

CatNipped
January 13th 06, 12:00 AM
"cybercat" > wrote in message
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>
> "CatNipped" > wrote
>
>> Thanks! I'm glad I spent the extra $30 for the thyroid screening then.
>> I
>> wouldn't have thought it would be a problem because she is so young (she
>> won't be 7 until July of next year).
>>
>
> I guess they can get it at any age, though with most other disorders it
> is more prevalent in the older cats. Let's hope this is the WORST it is.

I remember you were thinking about having radiotherapy(?) done but Phil
talked you out of it and now you're controlling it with medication? What
medication do they have her on? Any side-effects? How long did it take to
get her medication regulated?

In other words, what am I in for here?

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cybercat
January 13th 06, 01:05 AM
"CatNipped" > wrote

> I remember you were thinking about having radiotherapy(?) done but Phil
> talked you out of it and now you're controlling it with medication? What
> medication do they have her on? Any side-effects? How long did it take
to
> get her medication regulated?
>
> In other words, what am I in for here?
>

Phil did not so much talk me out of it as he and I learned at about
the same time that there can be problems with the radiotherapy such
as the cat becoming hypothyroid. We do the radiotherapy looking
for a cure so that we do not have to pill the cat every day--if it makes
them underactive instead of overactive thyroid-wise, we have to pill
them anyway. And really, I just could not get used to sending Boo
away to Chapel Hill for a week or more to be treated. (They will
not send them home until their waste is no longer radioactive.)

All you are in for if your experience is like mine, is daily pilling
and regular quarterly vet visits to check thyroid levels, and
watching your baby get better and better, a pretty shiny coat,
bright eyes, and just more relaxed, less hyperalert. It is great.

CatNipped
January 13th 06, 01:12 AM
"cybercat" > wrote in message
...
>
> "CatNipped" > wrote
>
>> I remember you were thinking about having radiotherapy(?) done but Phil
>> talked you out of it and now you're controlling it with medication? What
>> medication do they have her on? Any side-effects? How long did it take
> to
>> get her medication regulated?
>>
>> In other words, what am I in for here?
>>
>
> Phil did not so much talk me out of it as he and I learned at about
> the same time that there can be problems with the radiotherapy such
> as the cat becoming hypothyroid.

Ah, I was just skimming the group at the time that discussion was going on
and didn't get into it in depth.

> We do the radiotherapy looking
> for a cure so that we do not have to pill the cat every day--if it makes
> them underactive instead of overactive thyroid-wise, we have to pill
> them anyway. And really, I just could not get used to sending Boo
> away to Chapel Hill for a week or more to be treated. (They will
> not send them home until their waste is no longer radioactive.)
>
> All you are in for if your experience is like mine, is daily pilling
> and regular quarterly vet visits to check thyroid levels, and
> watching your baby get better and better, a pretty shiny coat,
> bright eyes, and just more relaxed, less hyperalert. It is great.

That's good to hear! Although, as had as Jessie is to pill, I don't look
forward to the daily battle!

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CatNipped
January 13th 06, 02:01 PM
OK, we've established that cats with thyroid problems do meow excessively
(Jessie was doing it all night, so I'm pretty sure what the blood tests will
show). But does anyone know *WHY* they do? Is it that they're in pain?


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"CatNipped" > wrote in message
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>I remember reading something here about cats who have thyroid problems
>meowing more than they usually do. Does anyone have any information on
>that? Jessie just had blood work done and one of the things the vet
>suspects is thyroid problems. She's 6.5 years old, losing weight (from
>7.65 to 6.8 lbs), her coat is looking raggedy, and a bit of her third
>eyelid is showing. Added to all that, but I didn't twig to it until just
>now so didn't tell the vet, is a yowly sounding meow that's she's been
>doing.
>
> Any info would be greatly appreciated.
>
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> Hugs,
>
> CatNipped
>
> See all my masters at: http://www.PossiblePlaces.com/CatNipped/
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