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Old 10-31-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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My5 year old cat has never had much of an appetite. He nibbles during the day, wet food and dry. I have tried all flavors of can food. I give him baby food mixed in with it Or treats. He weighs 7.5. Vet says that is okay but I still worry. Had a full blood test done, examined by 2 diff vets He has an abnormal thyroid
(hyper) that causes lethargy, so the vet ordered 5 mg of methamazole a day in his food. His thyroid is normal now.
He sleeps and lays in bed every day, like a sick person would. I give him food in my bed. I would do anything for his appetite.He eats my chicken and beef, some fish.
What else to do? Am I over reacting??

He does not like playing around. My past cats (bless them) were the opposite, loved to eat and play.
He originally was a foster cat, then I got attached and we bonded. He's very sweet.
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Old 10-31-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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Has he been tested for FeLV and FIV? Heartworm? How are his bowel movements? Have all parasites been ruled out?

There may be a heart problem, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which would require a specialist to diagnose.

It's unusual for a cat that young to have hyperthyroid, so I do wonder about his heart. A quick search took me to a page talking about hyrotoxic cardiomyopathy.

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-p...oidism-in-cats

Two secondary complications of hyperthyroidism can be significant; hypertension (high blood pressure) and a particular form of heart disease called thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy. Hypertension develops due to the increased pumping pressure and elevated heart rate that occurs with thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy. About 25% of cats with hyperthyroidism become hypertensive. In some cats, blood pressure can become so high that retinal bleeding or retinal detachment will occur, resulting in sudden blindness.

I think I would be asking the vet for a referral to a specialist.

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Old 10-31-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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Has her been tested for FeLV and FIV? Heartworm? How are his bowel movements? Have all parasites been ruled out?

There may be a heart problem, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which would require a specialist to diagnose.

It's unusual for a cat that young to have hyperthyroid, so I do wonder about his heart. A quick search took me to a page talking about hyrotoxic cardiomyopathy.

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-p...oidism-in-cats

Two secondary complications of hyperthyroidism can be significant; hypertension (high blood pressure) and a particular form of heart disease called thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy. Hypertension develops due to the increased pumping pressure and elevated heart rate that occurs with thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy. About 25% of cats with hyperthyroidism become hypertensive. In some cats, blood pressure can become so high that retinal bleeding or retinal detachment will occur, resulting in sudden blindness.

I think I would be asking the vet for a referral to a specialist.

This is alot like our cat when she was diagnosed Hyperthrodism in Apr. '12. She was only about 4-5-ish said our vet then, but... the specialist (Oncologist who did I-131 radiation treatment then) said she 'was very young if only 4-ish to be seen for Hyperthroid'.

I opted for longterm cure/solution rather than chance me giving daily meds, as I might mistake med doses vs the better way of a cure of I-131, we hoped.

Also, she was found to have a too high heart rate during I-131 procedure -- of way too high at 300! thus asap was put on Amlodipine (a BP drug or calcium channel blocker) to lower the heart rate & so the BP too.

Every vet trip she has about 170-180 systolic rate, when our vet BP's her, & vet said it is ok due to vet office stress, etc. I too worry of 2ndary effects namely kidney damage or cardiac. Good post as usual from Catsmom. Can't rep you yet but soon.
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