November 22nd, 2005, 05:09 PM
I have an elderly male cat with a history of renal failure. He was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and, of course, improved renal function. We decided not to treat with Tapazole because we had a cat die from undiagnosed renal failure after she was begun on it. Now this cat is looking ill and skinny. Is it better not to treat the hyperthyroidism, or treat it and risk certain return of the renal failure?
November 22nd, 2005, 05:21 PM
As you know, untreated hyperthyroidism will cause progessive illness, misery and death, as will the renal failure.
You need to look at the quality of life your cat is having and is going to have if either of these illnesses are left untreated and make a decision.
Personally, for an already elderly and sick cat, I would choose quality of life over quantity.
You can discuss with your vet what treatment will improve the quality of your cat's life and help him to be comfortable, although that life may be shortened somewhat.
Sorry you're having to make such decisions.:(