There is nothing that is not wrong with my cat

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):

  • diabetes
  • chronic renal failure
  • urinary tract problems
  • peridontal disease

Ready for the grand unveiling? Are you sitting down? Yes? It is…

Hyperthyroidism.

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.

*sigh*

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.

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5 responses to “There is nothing that is not wrong with my cat

  1. Gillian July 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Not sure about cats, but in humans, thyroid removal is followed by lifelong medication that takes a while to get the dosage right and requires regular blood tests until it’s stabilised. So not much difference to your treatment option one (though hopefully with a different medication!). Thought you might want to know that.

  2. Rachel July 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    From what I’ve been told (and from what I’ve Googled, natch), in cats the surgery is a cure (with the caveat that any remaining tissue, or the remaining gland, could go wrong at any future point).
    With the diabetes, cats react differently to humans in that they need insulin more often – I reckon I’m owed a cat / human difference that goes the other way!

  3. Gillian July 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    That’s not so bad! Good luck to the moggy!

  4. Katrin July 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Sorry to be contributing a horror story, but our 6-year-old cat died at that vet practice last week, after being given too much anaesthetic during a dental cleaning. We’re still heartbroken trying to deal with the loss.
    We’d heard nothing but good things about the practice and that’s the reason we chose them, but apparently the reputation was built on the senior vet who seldom sees patients any more. We had some misgivings about the newer vet who saw our cats (seemed a bit dismissive of our concerns & may have overlooked an underlying health problem); now we wish we’d paid more attention to our instincts. We’re looking for a new vet for our remaining cats.
    Anyway, I’m glad that you have confidence in the doctor that’s been treating your cat (I assume it’s the senior one). I wish you and the mog the best of luck and hope whatever treatment he gets fixes the problem.

  5. Rachel July 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    God, that’s awful – I’m so sorry for you and your cat. Thankfully I only ever see Beresford (senior vet, didn’t even know there was a new one); Mog is too complicated a case and – what’s the polite word for awkward and bitey? – temperamental. I actually suspect Beresford sees him as a challenge… and he is a fantastic vet. If the new one isn’t up to scratch I can’t believe he’ll keep her on, but I’m so sorry your pet had to be the one to suffer.
    Apparently there’s a good vet on Brownhill Road, if you’re in Hither Green?

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