Sam the cat had his one-month-post-radioactive-iodine-treatment checkup yesterday. No doubt you will be relieved, as we were, to learn that he is doing quite well. (Click to enlarge.)
When we first brought Sam to the vet the day after he consented to allow us to adopt him off the street in September, he weighed 6.2 lbs. We quickly were able to pack half a pound onto him just by feeding and watering him, but his thyroid level was 23, which is terrifyingly high. He had a pronounced heart murmur, first ear mites and then just continued horrible ear wax build-up from the hyperthyroidism driving him nuts, he was feverish, he was constantly ravenous yet vomited every single day, and he was antsy and anxious and unable to rest comfortably in any position for very long. He loved to play, and he would leap and jump until he fell into a heap panting, but then he would still be antsy and anxious and unable to rest.
Yesterday, Sam weighed 8.2 lbs. His thyroid level is down to one-or-two-point-something-or-other (can't remember precisely), which is normal. His heart murmur has quieted to the point where there were times when the vet couldn't even hear it in his stethoscope. His kidney levels, which were normal going into the hyperthyroidism treatment, are now elevated to slightly abnormal, but he has been on atenolol for over a month now and just had his last dose yesterday, so we are hoping that this will normalize, too, with time and the absence of medication.
As you can see, though he still exhibits symptoms of separation anxiety and though the Angell vet found evidence of arthritis in his hips, possibly as the result of some physical trauma, he is a great deal calmer and more comfortable. (Click to enlarge.)
His next check-up is on February 19. Barring complications in the meantime, I will report on his progress then.