Natural Treatment for Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Cat owners know that nothing is quite as devastating as watching your poor kitty-cat suffer due to any kind of illness or health concern.
A very common problem, especially in older cats, is hyperthyroidism. This disorder can affect your cat's hormonal balance, causing her to lose weight and feel all out of sorts. If it is left untreated, it could, and very likely will, slowly kill your feline companion, but not without extreme suffering first.
Here are some of the symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Poor coat condition
- Excessive thirst
- Vocalizations and crying out
Hyperthyroidism is a very common problem in older cats. Luckily there are natural, holistic methods that may help your cat get better.
Maybe you have already tried the conventional treatments and feel that they are not working? I have over 30 years of experience in holistic health. I have always treated my pets naturally if I possibly can, especially if the conventional treatment has debilitating side effects.
Natural Treatments for Feline Hyperthyroidism
I will discuss these alternative treatments individually below:
- Primarily raw food diet
- Herbal thyroid support
- Vitamins and supplements
- Eliminate items with PBC's and canned pet food from home
1. The Benefits of a Raw Diet
Eliminate canned and dry pet food, if possible. The benefits of eating raw food are the same for cats as they are for people: Raw food boosts the immune system by giving our bodies the needed enzymes for digestion and health. Living foods give life to the body's cells.
Older cats often get hyperthyroidism because they eventually cannot deal with all the chemicals in their aging bodies anymore and everything just goes haywire. You can try to prevent this process, however, by switching your cat to a diet of primarily raw meat. Some pet owners feed their cats pieces of free-range chicken or make a mixture of raw meats. Have you ever seen your cat chew on grass? In the wild, they would live on grasses, rodents, insects, and other meats. As an alternative, high-quality freeze-dried raw pet food is available in some pet supply stores.
2. Herbal Thyroid Support
The first thing I would do if my kitty had this condition is get her on a raw food diet, give her herbal thyroid support, and make sure she was on some good supplements and probiotics. One particular product called Thyroid Support Gold, is made with organic ingredients. It seems to work very well to help cats with this condition. This is a natural approach to help your cat with thyroid issues. Each bottle is 2 ounces (59 mL) and provides a 4-month supply for most cats (at 6-12 lbs).
3. Vitamins and Supplements
There are several good supplements that will help boost your cat's immune system. A high-quality supplement will benefit your cat in these ways:
- Healthier coat or a coat that may grow back after hyperthyroidsim
- Improved general health and temperament
- Increased energy level
- Stronger immune system
I often recommend several types of supplements in addition to probiotics and enzymes.
4. Environment, Chemicals, and Thyroid Problems
I have studied some of the reasons that cats experience thyroid problems in such huge numbers. Conventional experts say that these problems are caused by the excessive production of cells in the thyroid gland. But why is the thyroid gland producing too many cells?
There is some evidence that the chemicals in our homes, foods, plastics, and in cans may contribute to this condition. Bisphenol A, known as BPA, is used as a solvent. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are used as a flame retardant. Flame retardant chemicals are often found in fish and cat food made from seafood. BPAs are found in the lining of cat food cans. These chemicals have been shown to influence abnormal cell growth in the thyroid gland.
Pet owners who are very concerned about their cats' health, as well as their own, should consider trying to eliminate these chemicals from their lives as much as possible. Some steps to help achieve this include:
- Eliminating food in cans that have BPAs in their linings.
- Removing carpets with PBC chemicals.
- Avoiding insect sprays and chemical fertilizers.
Conventional Treatments for Feline Hyperthyroidism
After finding out that their cat has hyperthyroidism, many cat owners try conventional treatments first. There are three different methods to treat this disease or condition medically. I am not recommending these treatments here, but it is good to know the conventional treatment options, so here they are:
- Methimazole needs to be taken orally for life. If it is impossible to give your cat pills, there is a gel alternative that is rubbed in the ear instead. A percentage of cats that take methimazole experience side effects including loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and occasionally blood cell abnormalities. There are rarer side effects too, including severe facial itching with self-induced trauma, blood clotting disorders, or liver problems. Most side effects are mild, however, and eventually resolve.
- Surgery to remove the thyroid gland. Surgery may cure hyperthyroidism, as long as all of the affected gland can be removed. The anesthesia administered during surgery can be challenging for older cats, however, as the hyperthyroidism may have affected their hearts and other organs. Surgery is also costly.
- Radioactive iodine, administered once by injection. This medication irradiates the hyperactive tissue. This alternative requires no sedation or surgery but requires several days of hospitalization. Radioactive iodine treatment is the most expensive of the treatments for cat hypothyroidism.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2012 Rhonda Jewel