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my cat is 20yrs old she cries really loud when she has just

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my cat is 20yrs old she cries really loud when she has just eaten or used the litter tray. its not a normal cat cry, shes deaf and going blind but she looks quite healthy, do you think she is in pain.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Rebecca :

Hello,

Rebecca :

I am sorry to hear you are worried about your cat.

Rebecca :

My name is***** am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.

Rebecca :

It is not unusual for a deaf cat to cry loudly; it seems that deaf cats do get louder.

Rebecca :

Another reason for an older cat to be more vocal, is a condition we see in older cats called hyperthyroidism. It is always a good idea to have a thyroid level checked in an older cat. Hyperthyroidism can also cause blindness, from high blood pressure.

Rebecca :

Hyperthryroidism can be treated with medication.

Rebecca :

I hope you can see what I am writing!

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Customer:

yes I can thank you

Rebecca :

Great!

Rebecca :

Has she lost any weight?

Rebecca :

Drinking more water than when she was younger?

Rebecca :

Does she have a good appetite?

Customer:

no she was thin but the past yr she has put weight on

Customer:

she has got a good appetite now

Rebecca :

That is great for a cat this old to gain weight! Often they get thinner and thinner.

Rebecca :

Hyperthyroidism causes a cat to eat more.

Customer:

can I get medication from a shop or do I take her to the vets

Rebecca :

You have to have a blood test to see if she has a high thyroid level.

Rebecca :

If she does, then there are three ways to treat hyperthyroidism.

Rebecca :

One is a prescription medication, methimazole.

Rebecca :

Another is an iodine free diet, called Y/D.

Rebecca :

The third treatment option is to use radioactive iodine to shrink the thyroid gland.

Customer:

the best thing would to take her for a check up to see what they say

Rebecca :

There is an herb, called bugleweed, that is helpful with hyperthyroidism, but alone does not make a hyperthyroid cat go back to normal thyroid levels.

Rebecca :

Yes, having her examined, her eyes and ears checked, and some blood tests done is where I would start if she were my cat.

Rebecca :

Hyperthyroidism could be her problem, but she needs an exam to check for other things, and blood test to know for sure.

Customer:

she only has one tooth left is this normal for a cat her age I have to mush her food up like I said she is eating well now

Rebecca :

I had a cat only 13 who had no teeth!

Rebecca :

Some cats have better teeth than others.

Rebecca :

My no teeth cat still ate dry food!

Customer:

thank you for your advise I will get her checked out

Rebecca :

You are welcome!

Rebecca :

Is there anything else I can answer, or help with?

Rebecca :

I will be checking back to see how she is doing.

Customer:

I don't think so, ok il let you know

Rebecca :

I hope she is doing better soon.

Rebecca :

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Customer:

you answered my questions thank you

Rebecca :

You are welcome!

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the great rating.

Rebecca