Originally Posted by Tink80
thanx all. cuddles is already eating kibble mixed with baby food as the vet said she ate a bit of hard food already during her stay..she must be feeling a bit better!
It's surprising to me that your vet would have given Cuddles dry food to eat right after having 2 teeth extracted. Whenever any of my cats have had teeth removed, the vet gives me a list of instructions for home care, the first of which is *no* dry/hard food or treats for up to 14 days. Gums are tender and sore after extractions, and need time to heal. I'm also given Buprenex for pain relief to give at home.
To be honest, I'm relieved your vet *didn't* do the thyroid surgery. IMHO it wasn't the best idea to begin with. Your cat is 17, and at 6 lbs, underweight and in compromised condition because of her lack of eating. Surgery is the riskiest option even for otherwise healthy cats.
I wonder why Cuddles didn't get thyroid meds *before* the intended surgery? I was told that was always the first step in thyroid treatment. In the weeks before doing the I-131 for my cat, I had to give her Tapazole. Hyperthyroidism can mask kidney disease. By giving thyroid meds for several weeks, and then doing bloodwork, the kidney values and thyroid level can be checked to see if the thyroid is in normal range and that there's no underlying kidney problem.
My intent is not to second-guess your vet, but only to share what I learned when I went through treating my own cat for hyperthyroidism. You obviously love Cuddles and having all the latest information will help you make the best healthcare decisions for her. I'm very happy she came through her dental surgery so well.