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MY 14-year-old cat Rosie is on Felimazole for her hyperthyroid. Recently she has lost her hearing so I keep her in at night in case foxes attack her. Am I being over cautious?

BARTON replies: Hyperthyroidism disorder is very common in older cats and is usually well controlled with drugs.

However I don't think it is anything to do with her deafness and I don't think you are being over cautious at all.

If predators and road traffic are a worry then you should keep Rosie in where she is safe. Like us humans, old age can bring on deafness but so can many other conditions.

When you take her back for her thyroid check, ask your vet to check her ears just in case there is a physical reason for her hearing loss which can be treated.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2009
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