Originally Posted by hageman_hi
Someone paint me a picture of a cat with hyperthyroidism
(ie what are the signs and symptoms, average age of onset, treatment options and alternatives, etc...)
thank you in advance
I think most of your questions have been answered. Just to tell what I saw in my hyperT cat - she lost 3 pounds in a year - that was the main symptom. It was hard to tell because she's got a lot of thick fur, so I felt terrible for not noticing it earlier on. Now, I watch PJ like a hawk. That was actually her only symptom - she's always been a loud cat, so more vocalization wasn't it, and she's always been active, too. She was around 10-11ish when she was diagnosed.
Currently, we treat her with oral methimazole, compounded into a fish flavored liquid that we mix in with her wet food. Every so often she gets out of whack and we have to adjust the amount she gets, but right now, it's 2.5mg/mL per day (she was on 5 total, but then started to go hypoT, so we lowered it again). She loves it, and since she is a terror to pill, this worked well for us. In my area, the iodine treatment costs about $1200, and we think she has a long life ahead, so once we have the money, we'll take care of her with iodine.
Since you don't really know the age or condition of your new cat beyond your current information, I'd get a senior panel. It's well worth the price and peace of mind - at least to me - to determine whether or not there's something medically wrong.