What size does a cat need to be for treatment for hyperthyroidism?
Our 5 month old kitten is only 1.3 kg , is this enough for the iodine treatment ? He is not large enough to be neutered
He has had 4 blood tests done and they all came back healthy apart from his t4 levels which were elevated . Because he is young he has been referred to a specialist , but yes we are sure it is hyperthyroidism as he has all the symptoms and his bloods confirm it
- *****Lv 75 months ago
That is an excellent question for the veterinarian who diagnosed the condition. Hyperthyroidism is rarely seen in kittens, and oral medications are normally the first-line treatment.
- Anonymous5 months ago
Cats with hyperthyroidism are usually old and thin. Yes, they can have have i131 treatment at that weight as long as their kidney function meets the criteria. Weight usually improves after treatment.
Kittens do not get hyperthyroidism.
- PRLv 75 months ago
Has your cat been checked for other disorders and parasites? Before utilizing a severe treatment such as this, get a second opinion and be certain the kitten doesn't have worms, parasites, etc. These can cause excessive weight loss and a frail look. Sometimes even though a kitten or cat does not have standard "worms", they can have things such as coccidia, giardia, or others that are not in the same class as intestinal worms. Often, a second check is required to diagnose. Diarrhea would be a strong clue this may be a problem.
Regarding iodine treatment, you can either look this up, or check with the vet. Be sure you are getting accurate information and double check with a second vet.