Hi everyone! Today is the hubby’s birthday! Here he is with Millie. He is really quite the cat lover and they all love him. I was going to treat him to dinner, but he now has my cold so we will wait a week or so.
It is also medical day. It always amazes me how much I don’t know after living with cats for over 20 years and currently having 15 cats. I went to the low cost clinic with Polar Bear for the 3rd time in as many weeks. He is much improved with his sneezing and congestion so the vet figured the antibiotic he is on is working. He will be on it for 10 more days.
This is what I learned: Blood work should not be done to test kidney, liver and thyroid values until 4-6 weeks after a cat recovers from a respiratory infection. The values can look normal when they really aren’t because of the infection. I appreciate that I was told this instead of wasting my money on blood work that is inaccurate.
I also learned that hyperthyroidism can mask kidney disease. I am hoping that Polar Bear lost weight because he cut back on eating while he had a respiratory infection. I have had him for 6 years and he was at least 2 when I found him so I agree that his thyorid and kidneys need to be checked. He has a heart murmur grade 2 which could also be from thyoid issues or something else. The vet also thought his kidneys felt irregular, but it could just be how he is made. The important thing is that he is improving on his antibiotic and hopefully everything else will be fine too, but I won’t know until March. I was told to wait 4-6 weeks from when he is fully recovered.
Have a nice day everyone! Remember to comment if you haven’t yet for a chance to win Phoebe’s tea bag giveaway. She will announce the winner on Thursday.