Hi Michael,

I am way behind on emails, but definitely wanted to touch base with you on the 
hyperT with Whitey (btw, I thought that was very funny you guys didn't know she 
was a male!!!)  When you start Whitey out on the meds (either Tapazole or 
Methimazole -generic Tap), only start at 2.5 mg 2x per day.  I belong to the 
hyperT site and we constantly see vets starting cats out at 5 mg 2x per day and 
that is no longer the protocol for dosing and often results in overdosing.  It 
shocks the system.  The meds may need to be upped very gradually but 
introductory meds should be low.  Scratching around the head is a classic 
overdosing sign.  Also, the radioactive iodine treatment is the best way to go 
for hyperT.  It's a cure, whereas the meds are only a bandaid on a disease that 
continues to progress.  The meds don't stop the progression.  Whitey is still 
young and will most likely be a good candidate.  Also, the heart murmur is most 
likely due to the hyperT.  You will
 probably see it correct itself after the thyroid is regulated.  The meds need 
to be given 2x per day because they are generally out of the system in 12 
hours.  Now I'm going to go read all the rest of the Whitey posts and see if 
everything I've written has already been covered!!!  LOL.  

And I don't think you should feel bad at all about caring for this cat and 
taking him in.  Do what you have to Michael.  Obviously, no one else is.

Please keep us posted!

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