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Feline Hyperthyroid
This page is the portal to the Feline Hyperthyroid group on Yahoo:

This page is about questions, not answers.  While that may not seem quite right, we've found that each cat is so different that pre-packaged answers about how to deal with a hyper-thyroid cat aren't enough.  Coping with a hyperT cat is a rollercoaster ride of major proportions, and most people don't know some of the critical questions to ask.  So this page is mostly out there for the search engines to find when you start looking.  Below are some of the issues you may encounter, questions you may ask, and reasons why asking this group is a really good idea.  If nothing else, you'll find it feels better to be among others who have been through this frustraing experience.  You may even learn that some cats are stranger than yours.

E-mail (This goes to the Philosophy and Nonsense site owner.  To e-mail the group, you need to click on the link above and join.)

A few of the cats in the Group, Past and Present

Born 1996
Diagnosed hyperthyroid and crf 12/1/09
Using transdermal methimazole

Born 1999
Diagnosed 3/3/10
Radioactive Iodine 9/27/10

Diagnosed 5/10
Radioactive Iodine 12/10

Born 1998
Diagnosed 8/31/10
Radioactive Iodine 11/18/10
Second RI Treatment 2/2/11

Jeter (top)
Born 2000
Diagnosed 12/6/10
Radioactive Iodine 2/22/11

Skittles (bottom)
Born 1996
Diagnosed 12/23/10
Currently using transdermal

Born 1996
Diagnosed 12/13/10
Radioactive Iodine 1/10/11

What dose should I start with?  (Most vets are still using old or very old dosage guidelines, which increases the chances and severity of side effects.  Although many vets are getting used to the internet, information flow to vets is still too slow.  Dosing guidelines from just three years ago are out of date when dealing with feline hyperthyroid.)

What are the symptoms of feline hyperthyroid?

Is methimazole safe?
What are the differences between methimazole, felimazole, and Vidalta?
What are the differences between the pills, the liquid, and the transdermal gel?
What treatments are available for feline hyperthyroid?

Does the radioactive iodine treatment work?
How much does it cost?
How do I find a clinic?

Why is it important to check the kidneys and liver when doing blood tests?
How often should I get the blood tests done?

What are the connections between hyperthyroid, high blood pressure, rapid heart beat, and heart murmurs?

Is my cat vomiting because of the medicine or the hyperthyroid?  And what do I do?
Does my cat have diarrhea because of the medicine or hyperthyroid? And what do I do?

Is it okay to adjust the dosage without getting a blood test?

My cat has both chronic renal failure and hyperthyroid.  Is there anything I can do?

Can alternative treatments work with hyperthyroid?

Are there supplements that can help along with other treatments?

How do I deal with a vet when I don't want to do exactly what they say?

......but my vet has so much training......

To ask your questions and get a "glad to know you but sorry you need to be here" welcome from those who know what you're going through, click:

Born 2001
Diagnosed 1/21/11
Currently on methimazole pills

About the Group

The Yahoo Feline-HyperT group started in 1999 as a result of an all too common overdose.  Since then, hundreds of cat-person pairs have been part of the group, asking questions, reporting symptoms, relaying blood test results and other data from their vets.

The group has become the single largest source of experience and information on the subject anywhere in the world.  No one in the group has veterinary training (unless they're hiding), although some are R.Ns. 

What we do have are the long-term, daily observations of symptoms, reactions, and general behavior in addition to the test results people get from their vets.  This type of information is something vets can't get in an office visit, and even relatively longterm studies don't get.

Not many vets know that facial twitching is not uncommon in hyperT cats but tends to go away after the thyroid is stable.

The recommended dose in Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook was lowered, and the next edition may well lower it again exactly to the starting dose this group has recommended for years.  We may be amateurs, but we do have some official recognition.

Don't get the idea that we're down on vets.  There are great vets out there, and many of us are delighted to have found such.  Still, cats are weird critters who have not been well-studied, and feline hyperthyroidism is comparatively new, and it helps everyone when information is well-gathered and well and quickly spread.

Some of what we're doing simply can't be done by vets or even expensive studies, but the internet now makes it possible for those of us who spend more time with the cats to share experiences, observations, and information in wonderful new ways.