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This is from Goodrx - which is to say, sodium chloride is what you're looking for without any other ingredients.
What is Noniodized salt?

Non-iodized salt is often purely sodium chloride (think sea salt). This salt comes straight from the sea or underground salt deposits. Depending on the manufacturer, some non-iodized salts may be processed to create a finer texture, and may be mixed with other ingredients.
Thanks again - saw a lot of diff. kinds of N-I salt - no idea what's in any of them, but pure sea salt should be good (got some for Xmas one year - sis-in-law's very 'natural') so may look for it again now. Think I need to relax and get a decent routine going... funny thing is I've responded to his all-day whines a lot, but he def. still has his 'old routine' clock in his head so even if I've just fed him 20 mins ago, when it's time, it's time! Sheesh!
 

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Ecco definitely showed every sign of hyperthyroidism but a low T4
I'm sorry I just saw your thread about Ecco being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. If you don't mind my asking, what was her T-4 level? The reason I asked is because our cat was diagnosed with H-T last year. We immediately started treating him with Methimazole transdermal gel and although it helped our vet who is a feline specialist said he was an excellent candidate for the I-131 treatment since none of his other organs were affected "yet." H-T frequently masks other symptoms which can cause damage to the organs. For that reason we saved up and decided to pursue the I-131 Radioactive Iodine treatment. I completely understand your not being able to afford the treatment at this time. I told my husband we may have to start eating cat food after paying for it. :biggrin: Best of luck with Ecco's progress.

There is nothing short of radio-iodine treatment that will stop/reverse hyperthyroidism. It is a tumor growth within the thyroid gland that can be slowed down through proper treatment - foods or meds. But it can't be stopped entirely.
I completely agree! :agree:
 
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Thing is, the vet couldn't palpate a tumor or anything else
Two years into this with Feeby, and the vets cannot palpate a tumor either. Feeby's T-4 isn't great at 3.7. So, she will likely be having her meds increased. But, as of now, she is only on 1.875 mg twice a day. She started out at 1.25 mg twice a day at the onset.
 
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Hi, and thanks! Thing is, I asked vet to try the meth (woo-woo :), but she didn't want to because when tested in Jan. his T4 was just lowish normal. I reminded her he'd been on the herbal Thyroid Support Gold (from Petwellbeing) for a couple of wks, and that it likely gave the false positive (if you can call it that) result, but hadn't wanted to go off it (or at least not more recently) because it was helping to an extent then, but things have progressed, but when I took him in about a mo/6 wks ago (still on the TSG) she didn't do another T4, so he's been mostly on that all this time - now a higher dose than before (no side FX except for the odd sneeze). She also didn't like that I mentioned having tried Hill's Y/D and that it seemed to make a diff. (barely one can - have another on the shelf) because she thinks he could flip hyPO, but for his sake, while I know you're supposed to use it 'only' when giving it, I'm going to maybe put it in the mix of reg. food (no fish) and see what happens. I just feel so guilty as I think I brought the whole thing on - giving little bits of egg yolk, too much butter to lick, etc. before I had any idea it mattered. Anyhow, done now, just want to find a happy medium or whatever. Nite for now... and again, thx everyone for input!
 
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Little update - I stopped the TSG (herbal stuff) last wk as it seem to be what was making him throw up, etc. x 2 days and he didn't want to eat food that had some in it (normally couldn't have cared less), and now that horrible heat week is over, he's more like himself except for nonstop wanting to eat - comes over, sticks out his tongue and expects me to feed him 10 x a day outside of reg. feeding times (which he hasn't forgotten). But while I'm giving him food sort of on demand, I do make him wait for short times if he's very recently had some, as I'm trying to find a balance between his voraciousness caused by hyper-T and piggishness caused by my feeding on demand. I believe he has a problem, but don't want to just feed every single time he decides to eat. He hasn't seem to gain a lot so far, but hasn't lost any either. Curious what you all think... thx!
 

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If you think the TSG produced a lower T-4 level reading, then it might be time to find out how long you have to wait to ensure the TSG is out of his system and then have another T-4 done to find out what his level is now, along with a full-scale blood work up (CBC, Chemistry), and a urinalysis.

Excessive hunger and overeating without weight gain are signs of hyper-T, which it seems you know already. So, not sure what you are asking.

If his T-4 level is within an acceptable range, and nothing else shows up in his blood test/urinalysis results (like glucose issues that could point to diabetes), then you would have to ask the vet what other types of conditions could cause voracious eating without weight gain. With all that under consideration, if he starts gaining weight, then it will be time to start weaning him off so much food.
 
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Thank you - good point about waiting til the Gold is out of his system and then retesting. Will maybe give it 10 days (already been 4-5).
 
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Just found article that says sea salt does have iodine in it - so I won't be trying it out, but may look for noniodized salt.
 
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Hi - just came back from the vet who did a new T4 (no herbal x 2 wks prior) and it was 47! What the heck is going on? He's eating like a horse (explaining little wt gain) all day long and acting needy if I delay it. Could he just have played me for a fool? But he did have HT symptoms... is it possible that so much food (lots!) has artificially put him back in the 'normal' range for a moment - anyone else had this happen? And what do I tell myself re the symptoms he had like double thick claws, wt loss, etc etc etc? Need a sane voice here, because I am NOT a munchausen mother! And of course I 'feliway'd' the carrier before taking him in, but he barfed all over when we left. Aaggh!
 

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Eating a bunch of food is not going to put a cat with hyperthyroidism back into normal range - temporarily or otherwise. If the TSG was actually doing any good, maybe there is still some remnants of it in his system, lowering the T-4. But tbh, I don't think your cat is hyper-T.

Did the vet recheck his BP, which you said was a bit high before? Was his glucose level checked? Did your vet have any comments on the T-4 level, and/or whether something else might be going on?
 
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Thanks... His T4 (few mos. ago) was 42, today 47. Didn't see vet today (vacation) so BP etc. not done at all, but she's calling tonite and I'll talk to her then... just reading my head off on Duck Duck... will report back with any meaningful info.
 
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