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Old August 9th, 2009, 08:43 AM
linke79 linke79 is offline
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Medicating cat with hyperthyroidism

My 8/9 year old female cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 3 weeks ago. She started Methimazole (5mg 2x/d) treatments that I fed to her in Greenie's Pill Pockets, which she absolutely loved and begged for when it was time for medication. Two days ago, she stopped eating her pill treats and seemed to be very reluctant to eat her dry food and any dry treats. It seemed as if her mouth was hurt and she was having a hard time biting, but I checked her mouth and didn't see any sores or foreign objects. Her gums/mouth did seem darker (brown/black) than I remembered, but I'm really not sure if her mouth already had brown/black coloring, or if that is new.

I read about the side effects of the medication and one is possible loss of appetite. I put down wet food hoping that it would help her appetite. She eats a little, but she vomits right after eating (yet another side effect of the medication and of hyperthyroidism...she's been vomiting for years).

I'm scheduled to bring her to the vet tomorrow, but I'm so anxious that I posted on this forum. I'm wondering why her eating habits have changed over night (no treats, no dry food, very little wet food) and I'm worried how I will be able to give her her meds since she is refusing the pill pockets, which worked so well in the beginning. I'm covered in scratches from holding her down and prying open her jaw! If anyone has suggestions or a related story about treating hyperthyroidism, I'ld love to hear about it!
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