Caring for and Boarding Cats with Hyperthyroidism

Caring for and Boarding Cats with Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine disorder in older cats, characterized by the overproduction of thyroid hormones. Managing and boarding cats with this condition requires special attention to their unique needs to ensure their health and comfort. At Cats in the City, we are committed to providing exceptional care tailored to cats with hyperthyroidism.

Understanding Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Hyperthyroidism typically affects older cats and can lead to symptoms such as weight loss, increased appetite, hyperactivity, and excessive thirst and urination. It’s caused by an overactive thyroid gland, which produces too much thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones.

Key Considerations for Boarding Cats with Hyperthyroidism

  1. Regular Monitoring:
    • Health Checks: Cats with hyperthyroidism need regular monitoring of their thyroid hormone levels. While boarding, we ensure consistent check-ups to keep track of their condition.
    • Veterinary Care: We maintain close contact with your cat’s veterinarian to stay updated on their health status and any changes in their treatment plan.
  2. Medication Management:
    • Timely Administration: Hyperthyroid cats often require medication, such as methimazole, to control hormone levels. We administer medications at the prescribed times and monitor for any side effects.
    • Proper Dosage: Ensuring the correct dosage is crucial. We strictly adhere to the vet’s instructions to avoid under or overdosing.
  3. Special Diet:
    • Thyroid-Specific Diet: Some hyperthyroid cats benefit from a special diet, such as Hill’s Prescription Diet y/d, which is low in iodine. We accommodate these dietary needs to support their condition.
    • Regular Feeding Schedule: Maintaining a consistent feeding schedule helps manage their symptoms and overall well-being.
  4. Hydration:
    • Fresh Water: Providing constant access to fresh water is essential, as hyperthyroid cats can become dehydrated easily due to increased urination.
    • Monitoring Intake: We keep an eye on their water intake to ensure they are adequately hydrated.
  5. Calm Environment:
    • Stress Reduction: Stress can exacerbate hyperthyroidism symptoms. Our boarding facility offers a calm, quiet environment to help minimize stress.
    • Soundproof Suites: Our soundproof grooming suites and boarding areas help create a serene atmosphere, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
  6. Comfort and Safety:
    • Temperature Control: We maintain a comfortable temperature in the boarding areas, as hyperthyroid cats may have difficulty regulating their body temperature.
    • Soft Bedding: Providing soft, comfortable bedding helps ensure that your cat can rest well and stay cozy.

Our Boarding Facilities

At Cats in the City, our facilities are designed to meet the highest standards of care for cats with special needs, including those with hyperthyroidism:

  • Clean and Comfortable Suites: Each room has hospital-grade flooring and is ventilated with clean fresh air, central heating, and cooling to maintain an optimal environment.
  • Air Quality: We use iWave and NuShield Air Ionization Systems in our air conditioning system to clean the air by reducing dust, smoke, odors, and certain viruses and bacteria, ensuring a healthy atmosphere for your cat.
  • Personalized Care: Our experienced staff is trained to handle the specific requirements of hyperthyroid cats, providing personalized care and attention to each feline guest.

Ensuring a Smooth Boarding Experience

  1. Pre-Boarding Consultation:
    • We discuss your cat’s specific needs, medication schedule, dietary requirements, and any other care instructions.
    • This consultation ensures we are fully prepared to provide the best possible care for your cat during their stay.
  2. Continuous Monitoring:
    • Throughout the boarding period, we monitor your cat’s health and behavior, adjusting care as needed.
    • Regular updates are provided to keep you informed about your cat’s well-being.
  3. Post-Boarding Follow-Up:
    • After boarding, we provide a detailed report on your cat’s stay, including any observations or changes in their condition.
    • We coordinate with your vet to ensure continuity of care once your cat returns home, if needed.

By choosing Cats in the City for boarding your hyperthyroid cat, you can be confident that your feline companion is in capable and caring hands. Our comprehensive approach ensures that their health, comfort, and happiness are prioritized at all times.

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