Originally Posted by mews2much
The Vet said Coco might have a Thyroid problem.
We will get the results of the test today.
Someone told me in another group their cat had thyroid problems and it had surgey and is ok now.
The vet said surgery is not safe for Coco so I do not lnow what to do if she has it.
My RB kitty Tess had a hyperactive thyroid. She lived four years or so after her diagnosis (lived to age 22).
She took the tapazole and had her levels checked fairly frequently. A hyperthyroid is fairly common in elderly cats. If the vet gets your kitty on meds and want to check the thyroid levels often, that is normal. It is all about getting it a within normal range so the dose is tinkered with and levels checked until it is right - then it has be to be checked that is till working as time goes on.
Surgery was a possibility - but the odds werent good because my cat was already elderly. On a younger healthy cat it would have been a safer procedure. The vet still let us choose.
If your cat is hyper, it is normal that he will drink water and eat a lot all day. My cat ate and ate and ate - but still dropped weight. The meds and high calorie diet did let her maintain weight longer. She never was able to gain any back. We let her eat as much as she wanted (I dont know if this is a healthy decision or not. We just went with it because she was hungry all the time).
btw - years after this I developed a hyperactive thyroid. The doc was impressed with my vast knowledge on the subject
I even took the same meds as Tess.
I dont know if it is true in cats - but I went into remission, which is common after 12-18 mns (24mns for me). WIth the similarities between people and cats on this disease, I hope it is possible for cats too.
Please try to relax; a hyperactive thyroid is treatable and I assume vets would be familiar with treating it (experience is always good).