Just wanted to let those of you know who may have Hyper T kitties as well that there is an awesome support group for hyper t kitties through yahoo groups. It's called Feline-Hyper T Support Group. It was started in 1999 as a result of an overdose of HT medication. Since that time, many many cat owers have been apart of this wonderful group. They ask questions and report symptoms as well as blood test results and other information from their vets. This
group has become the single larges source of experience with HT and information on the subject anywhere in the world. There are no vets in the group, but there are nurses in the group though. But they have long-term daily observations of symptoms, reactions and general behavior with test results people get from their vets. This type of information is not something a vet can get in an office visit, and even longterm studies don't get. Not too many vets are aware that starting at too high of a
dose can lead to many problems healthwise with cats who are on medication. They go by the standard dosing instructions from Plumb's Veternary Drug Handbook and what they read in other books. The dosing guidelines are based on what they give HUMANS for a Thyroid disorder. Through people posting about sideffects and reactions etc. They have realized that 2x a day dosing of thyroid medication is best and to start out really low at 1.25mg or 1/4 of a 5mg pill 2x a day. It has saved countless cats
lives including Smokies! The vet originally prescribed him 2.5mg to take once a day, and then upp it to 2x a day! While 2x a day is what is at now, it was WAY too much to start him out on. His original numbers were 12.7 for T4. And with just 1/4 of a pill 2x a day it went down to 7.9! The drugs given to cats for Hyperthyroidism are one step short of cancer drugs! So it's important that dosing be watched and monitored VERY carefully. Low and Slow is the best way to do it!
If your cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, please visit the Feline Hyper T Support group at Yahoo. The link to the page is:
Please visit this page and join. It will help you and your kitty to master the rollercoaster called Hyperthyroidism! ;)