For the last bunch of months — maybe a year — Harley has been hungry. And I mean HUNGRY. No matter what Wolf and I feed him he still wants more. And despite all the extra food he gets (yogurt, sour creme, chicken, cheese, pork, fish…) he doesn’t gain any weight. He’s not losing any either which is good, but the constant hunger has raised some flags for us.
In July I treated him for worms because I thought that may be the problem. It wasn’t. His hunger continued unabated. He still wakes us at 3a to be fed. He still trips us every time we go into the kitchen. He meows for food constantly.
Today I took him to the vet. Apparently he has hyperthyroidsim. This explains the constant hunger and the inability to gain weight.
Treatment is available through medication twice a day or through surgical removal of the thyroid. Harley is somewhere between 11 and 13. I don’t think either will improve his QUALITY of life. Trying to shove a pill down his throat won’t be pleasant for any of us and surgery just not an option.
So what are your suggestions? Have you had a cat with hyperthyroidism before? How did you treat it?