October 8th 2013 11:02 pm
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Well, cats, you may have noticed that I haven’t written in my journal since around the time of my 10th birthday, which was in June of last year. I’m 11 years old now and old age appears to have a firm grip on me because my health just ain’t what it used to be.
The symptoms first made their appearance rather quickly back in December of last year when I was suddenly drinking a lot more water and peeing more than usual. Mom says she rarely ever saw me drinking water before, so the drastic change in my habits meant it was time for a visit to the v-e-t. The result of that initial visit was that Mom had to buy some of that expensive kitty litter for me to pee in and she would obtain a sample of my pee for the lab to analyze. Of course, the sample that she got from me wasn’t quite enough to do all of the diagnostic tests, and Mom wasn’t smart enough to keep the litter just in case, so she had to buy another bag of the expensive kitty litter and get me to pee in it again so that a second sample could be brought in for a more complete analysis. The v-e-t was unable to pronounce a diagnosis at this stage and attributed my increased thirst and urination to getting older. She ruled out diabetes, but did observe that the pee sample was very dilute. This was in February.
I returned to the v-e-t in June for a health check with the intention of getting my teeth cleaned at a subsequent appointment (well that was Mom’s intention, not mine). At this time, as my symptoms had not subsided, a blood sample was taken from me to be analyzed. The results were that my dental appointment was cancelled because going under anesthesia was no longer recommended given the state of my health. The lab report confirmed that my “T4 is at upper end of range” and that my “Free T4 supports hyperthyroidism”. The v-e-t- talked about a place where I could go and get cured, but I’d have to wait until my condition got worse before being eligible for admission. I was to get tested again in about 3 months.
Well, at the end of September, I allowed the v-e-t to draw blood and clip my claws without putting up as much of a struggle as usual. Oh, yeah, I had also been losing weight steadily since this whole ordeal started and am now down to about 5.16 kg or 11.375 lbs, according to the scale at the v-e-t clinic, and yet I’m not really eating any less than when I weighed more. Because of all my fur, I don’t look like a skinny dude. So, the latest blood test confirmed that I have hyperthyroidism. As of Saturday night, Mom has been giving me a medicine called Tapazole in liquid form twice a day (she has to administer 0.5 ml of it to me every 12 hours). Mom mentioned to the v-e-t that she’s afraid that my frequent water drinking and peeing more than I used to might also be due to kidney disease. She read in some articles on the Internet that hyperthyroidism can mask kidney disease and that after treatment with radioactive iodine (i131) the kidney disease can get a lot worse. I think it will be decided after a month or so if I’m a good candidate for the i131 treatment.
So, that’s what’s been going on with me. I’m really not that different than I was before. It’s too early to tell what kind of adverse side effects the medicine might cause. I just hope that I don’t get diarrhea (is that how you spell it?) and that I don’t start throwing up all the time. I pretty sure that Mom is hoping the same thing. MOL!
Toffy, I am purring fur you with all my heart! I hope the treatment you get will help, you are only 11 and have many more years to enjoy. Your mom is doing everything she can fur you.
Wow Toffy, you sure have something going on. I am purring for you to be well, not lose more weight, and for any treatment to be successful. You are very special to me.
So sorry to hear this, Toffy. I've been having similar problems although my blood work indicates no thyroid problems. My sister Sugar had thyroid problems that were treated by one pill a day (similar to what people get). Maybe you could get the meds in pill form rather than liquid. Sending lots of purrs your way!
OH we are so sad to hear this that you are not feeling well...I have CRF get my fluids and doing well...no thyroid problems...hope the medication makes you feel better soon and hope you don't lose anymore weight.
We are all purring for you Toffy
Thanks for all your purrs. I appreciate your concern about my health. I somehow always thought that I was immune from any kind of major illness. This hyperthyroidism is really cramping my style.
Samoa, the medicine was initially supposed to be in pill form but Mom didn't think that would work, especially as the instructions were not to give it with my food. She thought I'd probably spit out the pill, whereas with the liquid I have no choice but to swallow it as it's squirted into my mouth.
So sorry you have to go through this Toffy. I have both CRF and hyperT and took tapazole for 4 years for the hyperT until I developed an adverse reaction to tapazole. That's rare but it did happen. We had to stop giving it to me. My hyperT is untreated and causing problems. Mommy is very sorry I didn't have the radioactive iodine treatment years ago. Just thought I'd mention this 'cause it's something your mommy may want to consider when it's time for her to make the decision about I-131 for you.
Purring hard for you Toffy!
Sending you tons of purrs, Toffy. It looks like I've got the hyper_T too. It's going around Catster :(
Aw, I'm so sorry to hear of your health woes! It's not easy getting older, even if we were only ten not too long ago. We'll keep you in our thoughts.