Having a hyperthyroid cat means that blood tests will likely become a routine part of your and your cat’s life (unless surgery or radioactive iodine therapy is chosen as a treatment option). These will be more frequent early on in the disease process until your cat is deemed to be stable. After this, tests are usually required every 6 months at least. The blood and urine tests will also keep an eye out for any signs of kidney disease.
It is a good idea, when your cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroid disease, to ask your vet for an approximate estimate for the regular tests so you can plan ahead. However, these types of estimates can only be a ballpark as things can change in the future depending on your cat’s health.
These check ups and tests are vital in monitoring the progression of thyroid disease as they give the vet an indication of how well the treatment is managing the disease. This enables your vet to adapt the treatment plan so that your cat has the best chance of successful treatment and a good quality of life.
When your vet sees your cat, they will also be looking at their weight to ensure it is increasing on the treatment plan. You can also do this at home easily and it’s something I would encourage. After spending a lot of money on diagnosis and medication, there is something rewarding about seeing real progress at home. The good news is that you can easily weigh you cat with a set of bathroom scales at home – click here to see this video.