Home Remedies For Cats With Hyperthyroidism

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Treatments for hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism is a fairly common disease of older cats. The disorder is characterised by the overproduction of thyroid hormone and a subsequent increase in the metabolic rate. Conventional treatment include a dose of radioactive iodine. Another approach is to surgically remove the thyroid. A daily dose of synthetic thyroid hormones may also be prescribed. These treatments are effective but can be invasive and have some adverse side effects such as liver damage, anaemia, hair loss and lethargy.

Herbs improve the functioning of the thyroid and addresses the major symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Herbal home remedies for cats can be used safely with conventional medications. Thus home remedies for cats with hyperthyroidism offer a gentler alternative to conventional medications without being addictive.

Herbal remedies

Herbs that have been shown to be beneficial in treating hyperthyroidism in cats include native ones such as stinging and dwarf nettle, bugleweed and kelp as well as foreign ones like the Chinese herbs huang qi or Siberian ginseng. They are most often administered as tinctures, capsules or added to food.

Homeopathic remedies

There are a number of ready-made home remedies for cats with hyperthyroidism. For example, PetAlive offers Thyroid Soothe. This is a homeopathic remedy that will help support thyroid gland functioning. It is comes in granule form and can be easily mixed in a little bit of your cat’s food.


Changes in your cat’s diet will aid the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Increase the amount of healthy food, or even better, base the entire diet exclusively on healthy foods. Feed a lot of raw beef and poultry. Avoid salmon, seafood and white fish. Soy is suspected of contributing to the development of hyperthyroidism. It contains high levels of isoflavones, the main substance suspected of causing hyperthyroidism. As it is present in many canned cat foods, it should also be avoided.

Mineral deficiencies, iodine in particular, are common in cats with hyperthyroidism. Hence, you need to make sure that your cat’s food contains plenty of iodine and proper amounts of selenium which makes thyroid hormones less toxic. To tackle abnormal thyroid cell growth also add docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acids to the food.

These home remedies for cats with hyperthyroidism will help you to keep the condition under control.



7 Responses to “Home Remedies For Cats With Hyperthyroidism”

  1. john Says:

    That thyro-pet link get you to a product that seems to BOOST thyroid function, which is the opposite of what you want when treating hyperthyroidism. On that site, though, there is a product called “Thyroid-soothe” which sounds like it is meant to treat hyperthyroidism, though that is never explicitly said in the description.

  2. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    You are right. Thanks for pointing out the mistake. This has been corrected now.

  3. Pamela F. Says:

    I thought Iodine was one of the main causes of Hyperthyroid in cats. Shouldn’t you avoid kelp in their diets as well? I am sorry, I have a 12 y/o little lady and she is suffering from this disorder, I would like to try something natural and I am confused.

    Thank you

  4. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Iodine is one of the essential building blocks for thyroid hormone synthesis but not the cause for hyperthyroidism in cats. The cause of hyperthyroidism is an overproduction of thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). There are commercial diets available such as Hill’s y/d that are low in iodine and which claim that an iodine deficient diet is beneficial for treating hyperthyroidism. The basis for using a severely restricted iodine diet is that iodine is an essential component of both T4 and T3. With severe dietary iodine deficiency, the thyroid cannot produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone. However, the data available from trials todate does not indicate that feeding this diet will result in normalization of T4 levels in most hyperthyroid cats. Pet food diets are not FDA-regulated and the company has not done the Phase II or III drug trials normally required to determine a drug’s efficacy or safety. So the bottom line for me is that avoiding iodine your cat’s diet is not the answer. I would still make sure that my cat gets normal levels of iodine, and if a defiency is diagnosed, use supplements to correct this.

  5. Pamela F. Says:

    Thank you for the information! So many articles online that tell you to remove iodine from the diet, I was completely confused. Perhaps the I131 treatment is the best option, but it doesn’t come with a small price tag. Much appreciated!

  6. Amelia Stebner Says:

    Hi! I just read your post on home remedies for hyperthyroidism in cats. It was mentioned in the article that the natural remedy such as “Thyroid Soothe” is a good natural product. I was not clear whether or not it should be mixed with traditional medicines such as “Tapazole”?

    My cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and was given a script for Tapazole. I have not filled it yet because I started her on a natural remedy “Resthyro”.

    So, my question is if I don’t see improvement with just the natural remedy, can I mix with the prescription drug and will it make a difference?

    Thanks so much! I am hoping to see improvement in Callie (my cat). Want to make sure she is getting the best treatment possible as soon as possible.

  7. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Yes, herbal remedies can be used with conventional medication but I am not sure that more is better. See what each medication does and whether you see an improvement before you opt for mixing them. Bear in mind hyperthyroidism is not curable as such (unless you opt for surgery) but you can manage the condition with medication. Your cat will be on medication for the rest of its life. I wish you and Callie well.

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