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    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay View Post
    Spent quite a bit of time at the vet clinic yesterday with Miss Sashay. She is 15 years old, and my baby is down to 6.1 pounds. She used to be my fattest gurl, of all. She has become quite angular and bony. I was just about sure that I was going in for a terminal diagnosis, but hyperthyroidism was found; I had been blaming Dez for causing Miss Sashay's weight loss....too much love. Sashay has been sent home on medication to lower the thyroid production. Her doc says that she has the heart of a young cat, and the skeleton of a young cat! Good liver, good lungs, no masses; imflamed intestines, elevated BP. He gave her a cortisone shot, and started the thyrod medication yesterday. I had to leave her there for all of the tests, xrays, etc. I was able to bring her home yesterday evening, and I have been able to see an improvement in her alertness. He thought that she might be unusually sleepy yesterday, but she was bright-eyed and slept less than she usually does. She goes back in 3 week to see if the med (Tapazole) is doing it's job. He's hoping to see an improved thyroid level, lower BP, and weight improvement. Surgery, thyroidectomy, is always an option.

    I didn't realize that there were 2 thyroid glands, and the right one is usually the one that causes the overproduction....and her right gland is larger than her left.

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    Years ago my Vet told me that when cats age, the 3 things that tend to befall them are:
    1. hyperthyroid
    2. diabetes
    3. kidney disease - CRF

    The thyroid is highly treatable in cats. Good Luck to Miss Sashay.
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    Thanks for the good wishes. I also have to keep in mind that she is 15, so I am prepared for just about anything.
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    When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!

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    Best wishes for Ms. Sashay. You know how to reach me if need be.
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    Well wishes to Miss Sashay.

    A simple loud No! was not working to stop new kitten's bad behavior. I added a stream of water from a squirt gun to the No! and got amazing results. Now when he hears No!, he stops, squints and blinks his eyes. It works. Thanks all

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    With my cats, I don't even need to actually use the quirt bottle any more. I can just shake it and they stop what they're doing!
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    My Maine Coon, Dez, is known for her playful, silly personality and her love of water. She shoots off when I squirt water at her, tearing out of the room and, quick as a flash, she is back with this silly look on her face like "Do it again!!" Her head pops up like it's on a Jack-In-The-Box spring. Anymore, I don't even have to squirt; she hears me picking up the water pistol and is "outta here"...with the "Kentuck Derby run"! She's even getting bolder, doing the "I hear it, but I'm not gonna run until I see if you're really going to shoot it!"....watching me closely. "Big-Eyed Betty" moments, I call them. The other gurls, other than drinking it, don't want any encounters with water, at all. If squirted, they make it obvious that their dignity has been deeply scratched.

    Of course, sometimes I use it just to get some mess started in the house. They could use the exercise!
    "...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.

    When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!

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    Just when I thought I had heard it all!

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    "...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.

    When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!

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    When I was at the vet with Miss Sashay (whom is feeling/acting better, by the way when she's not trying to hide from her evening dose of medication), I witnessed a huge 140 pound dog climb up into his owner's lap and sit, facing his owner, with his hind legs on either side of his owner's lap, leaning into his owner....like a little kid might do! His owner said that this is normal behavior for his "baby"! The owner, who was not a small man, looked small when he was being sat upon!!
    "...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.

    When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!

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    I used to have a friend with a HUGE Great Dane named Robert--he would actually back up and get his back legs and behind up into your lap and leave his front end standing on the floor
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    My Katie would sit in my lap facing me with her paws on my shoulders and put her head down between us-I sure miss those hugs!!

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