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post #31 of 38
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AZCAT welcome!!

And thank you!

I will keep that in mind if I my kitty refuses her thyroid pill, (I start this weekend)

post #32 of 38
Hi Vjoy,

I'm going through a similar, although less serious, situation with my cat Ebony. I got him from the shelter about 6 weeks ago and they confirmed that he was healthy. Only when I took him to the vet for a check-up did I find out that he had a bad ear infection and needed a lot of dental work. I am struggling with the ear drops (I never realized that cats can completely close their ears!!!) and feel terrible "torturing" my poor baby who just wants to be close to us and loved by us. This weekend Ebony goes in for the dental work. The doctor showed me his teeth in the examination room and they were just a mess! Ebony's attitude towards us hasn't changed so far, but I feel terribly guilty I trusted the shelter people and didn't get him to the vet sooner.

Why don't the shelter people know what's going on with the animals and treat them? Or are they just afraid that we won't take them if we know about expensive medical conditions they haven't had the resources to treat?

I really hope that everything can work out with Danielle. Remember that she doesn't have the capacity to "hate" anyone as a human can, she's simply frightened! When I was a child my dad accidentally broke our pet rabbit's leg lunging to catch it when it got out of its hutch and took off across the lawn. Have you ever heard a rabbit scream? My dad felt terrible and paid hundreds of dollars to the vet to fix the rabbit's leg, and it was hobbling miserably around our laundry room in a cast for weeks. In the end, it still preferred my dad to the rest of the family! Animals are wonderfully forgiving.

Take care,

post #33 of 38
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OOH Regina, I hope things go better with Ebony!!

Poor kitty.

Thanks for your kind words. My only answer to the Vet/Shelter thing is that either they have an incompetant Vet, OR, they found these things and did not want to tell me, thinking I would not want the cat, OR there was no Vet checkup at all and they lied!

Whatever the case, I feel mislead. I know you do to.

I know you feel guilty, but you had no reason to doubt the shelter. Neither did I. Especially since I volunteer there and donate money to them. I was told she had a vet visit the day before, and was healthy. I thought I was going to take her to my vet in a few weeks, to establish a relationship with my new vet, and to get her a comprehensive checkup. I wanted to Bond with her first. But when I saw her increasingly scratching her ears, and rubbing her eyes, I thought I can't wait, and took her after only having her a week and a half. Thus, my husband had not the time to bond, and I hardly had anytime either. But don't feel guilty. We were MISLEAD.

To me there is no excuse for this. I personally wrote letters of complaint about the way my adoption was handled regarding her health to the Directors and President of my shelter.
UPDATE: Last night I was able to administer the meds myself, without hubby's help. She did not like it, and cowered, but he was not involved. Then, later in the evening, she actually came within a few feet of him for a few seconds. WAHOOO!!!! I hope this signals progress. This morning I was able to do everything myself, except the pill, which I had to bring hubby in on. But it was brief, and I hope she is going to start trusting him again.

She is pacing now. We can smell the smoke wafting from Ground Zero. OOh well......

Thanks Regina, and good luck to Ebony! Keep us updated!
post #34 of 38
Now that amazes me. The pharmacist had tuna-flavored paste back there somewhere? Or he saves his tuna juice for you? How did you ever find such a creative person?
post #35 of 38
My cat is hyperthyroid and was getting nauseous with the pills. We are now give her medication via transdermal gel on the the skin portion of the ear. It enters directly to the bloodstream and avoids the stomach upset. She is doing very well this. You have to wear latex gloves so the medication doesn't get in your bloodstream!
post #36 of 38
We had two cats that had thryoid problems. They went on Tapizol and one lived to be 18 while the other died at 15. They were both on the medication for three years. There is also a new operation out now for a cat with this condition. Talk to you Vet and see if your cat is young enough for this type surgery. Surgery like everything else is a risk as is meds. We ended up crusing the pills into a small amount of baby food. Hope this helps.
post #37 of 38
My cat Soltie (8 year old) was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid about 2 months ago and since then has developed an allergy to the food she has been eating for years. I don't think the food allergy is associated with the thyroid condition. The vet put her on tapazole for her thyroid, which she will have to take for the rest of her life, she take a half a table twice a day (every 12 hours). Now it has been a challenge getting the pill down her (not to mention catching her, for she as figured it out). However, it is getting better she still runs but comes right back to get after I give her the pill. I found that the easiest way for me to get the pill down is hold her like a baby take the pill and push it in her mouth from the side and poke it (gently) to the very back of her throat and then rub up and down on her neck. Then check her mouth to make sure it went down. In the beginning of our pill ordeal I discovered she was spitting them out under the bed. Her thyroid in now in the normal range and I am very happy about that. I read up on hyperthyroidsim and it says that unless treated this can cause all kinds of problems (heart, kidney, etc.). I was lucky, Soltie only had side effects (vomiting) from the tapazole for about a week, but after that she has adjust very to the medication. She goes back to the vet in about 5 weeks to have her blood tested again. Hang in there giving the pill will become easier for you and Danielle and she will grow more use to you giving the pill. It's an adjustment for the whole family.
post #38 of 38

Boy am I glad she ended up coming home with you! I am sure she will forgive your husband at some point. Our cats have done this several times and they have come around.
With the shelter situations, yes I agree the eyes and ears normally should be checked very well. With the thyroid, really there is no way to tell for sure unless they run a blood panel. They might only do this if there are signs of a problem. There are great shelters and there are not so great shelters. Some we all have to understand that don't have the funding for more than some minor vet visits, spay/ neuter. They can't afford to put every cat through blood work etc. Small organizations like Helping Paws here in CT will pay what they need to in medical costs, however they can't take in as many cats as some others do. They sacrafice the amount of cats for the medical care. Some do just the opposite and hope they can get these cats into loving homes who can afford to take care of them.
I sure do hope things get a little easier for you guys. I wish you guys all the luck in the world with her!!
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