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My Cat Glows in the Dark [Apr. 25th, 2006|07:06 pm]

..and he's at a kitty resort for three days.

AKA: Our older cat, Rufus the Red, has hyperthyroidism. And he hates being pilled. There are two treatments for hyperthyroidism, and they're both the same as for humans; daily pills to reduce thyroid production or radiation treatment to kill part of the thyroid gland. Daily pills was right out (he was hiding from us all the time), and the ointment that you can swipe on their ears (I don't think they do that for humans) wasn't too popular either. So we decided to go with the radiation treatment. Basically, the cat gets a shot of Iodine-131 which is selectively taken up by the thyroid and reduces the amount of thyroid tissue. It's pretty safe, but for three days the cat's too radioactive to be in a home environment.

So while he's glowing, he's at the vet's. They give me daily updates, and when I talked to them today I was a little surprised that they told me he was eating well; he's usually a slow eater. The vet tech calmly told me that she feeds them buffet style: "I like a buffet so I figure the cats would too. A little tuna, a little babyfood, some fancy feast.." He's going to be so disappointed once he gets home.

For two weeks after he comes home we have to use a special litter and flush it daily. Some amusing quotes from the 'Radiocat' documentation: "Your cat is still emitting a very small amount of radiation, probably less than you would receive if you took a flight across the country or spent a day at the beach." "Your vet may not be familiar with treating radioactive animals." "Keep the cat confined to your home. Area wildlife, neighbors, their children and pets, are unaware of the radioactivity in the cat’s urine or feces."

[User Picture]From: tdjewell
2006-04-26 12:47 am (UTC)
Maybe your cat will get Super Powers!
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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2006-04-26 01:02 pm (UTC)
You scared J badly with that one; I laughed out loud. I'd be ok with that!
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[User Picture]From: flaviarassen
2006-04-26 04:09 am (UTC)
No one even suggested this when our cats came down with this.
It's just as well: not only could we not have afforded to do
both of them, Scottie would have panicked so badly at being
left at the vets that she might have had a heart attack - or
a stroke, the way Samantha did (for no discernible reason).

I am sending all positive energies your kitty's way.
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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2006-04-26 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Flavia, Rufus and I can use them! I dreamt last night that he was home, and he was in the bathroom, and had peed a bit in the tub. J had taken up the bathmats to prevent them from being contaminated, and had spread sand around the floor (so we could see where Rufus had gone?) I ran the water to wash the pee (iridescent green) away, and Rufus hissed at me. When I caught up to him I saw that the water had splashed him, and he was covered with wet sand and water. I grabbed an old towel and started drying him off and cleaning off the sand, and J came to help me and I woke up.

Entertaining, at least. :p
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