There is nothing that is not wrong with my cat
July 7, 2010
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Today's fun game is: guess what's wrong with my cat now?
First, I'll list all the current things that are wrong with him (which I shall just restrict to medical issues; I reckon the psychological ones could go on even longer):
- chronic renal failure
- urinary tract problems
- peridontal disease
Ready for the grand unveiling? Are you sitting down? Yes? It is…
TADAAA! Yes, the glandular problem that used to be the primary cause of hormonal illnesses in cats before it got overtaken by diabetes (I never said my cat was original), has decided to pay us a visit.
There are three options: ongoing medication, which can have major side effects until you get the dosage right (and getting the dosage right requires blood tests every three weeks; ahahahaha. Ahahahahaha. If you don't know why I'm laughing nervously, I suggest you read this post about how my cat deals with blood tests) and the tablets mainly have to be given straight into his mouth rather than being crushed into food. Again, ahahahahahaha.
Or they can do something with radioactive iodine, but that involves him going to a specialist centre for 4-6 weeks. Which I can safely say would result in the cat going completely beserk and shredding everyone who worked there; which leaves us with
Surgery. Two weeks of medication to stabilise him, then the vet whips out his thyroid gland(s). Not exactly risk free, but it's a relatively common procedure and at least once it's done it's done. I love my pet insurer.
I'm amazed how blasé I'm feeling about this. I suppose when you consider everything that's already happened (the broken jaw, the nearly dying of hypoglycaemia, etc etc etc) this feels fairly commonplace. He's been under recently for his teeth so I'm not unduly concerned about how he'll react to surgery and the anaesthetic, and I have total confidence in the abilities of the vet.
It might help to have some horror stories left in the comments so I don't get bitten on the arse by hubris.