my siamese cat has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. She about 13 years old.

The vet gave us the option to having her thyroid removed or keep giving her medicine for the rest of her life. she wieghs about 5 lbs. I am concerned at this stage of her life if surgery is the best option. Other than this problem her vet she is perfectly healthyI am also concerend with her being to keep weight on her. We have to feed her three times a day.

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  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    I think your cat has hyper (not hypo) thyroidism as this revs up their metabilosm and makes them hungry but lose weight You should start with the medicine to see how she does on it. The pills are small and tasteless and you can also get it as a cream that you rub on the inside of your cats ear. The meds will slow down her metabolism back to normal and she should be able to get back to her normal weight. I'd recommend discussing the options with a vet specialising in cats and internal medicine to decide the best course of treatment. The 3 options are the meds for the rest of her life, the surgery to remove the thyroid which may also require thyroid replacement meds for the rest of her life or radioactive iodine treatment. Since your cat is only 13 and otherwise in good health all the options are probably possible. I had 2 cats who had radioactive iodine treatment aged 13 and lived to 18 & 19. I've currently got a cat who's 21 and takes the pills. Both work well.
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