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Hormone replacement therapy in cats involves the action of
replenishing the hormone levels of the body with a synthetic substitute. The
quantity of hormone in the body goes down over time. It may be completely
absent due to the effects of surgery or illness. A hormonal shortage can also
happen due to genetic predisposition. The hormones are potent chemicals which
initiate and influence significant changes in the body of a cat. When a cell
contacts a hormone, many vital reactions happen within that particular tissue.
The hormones of the cat regulate the animal's cognitive function, sexual
development, body temperature, and thirst among many others. It also influences
cell development and growth. The absence of one or multiple endocrine hormones
will affect the growth of your cat. It also determines voluntary muscle
contraction and reproductive abilities.
Examination and dosage preparation
Before you begin any treatment plan involving hormonal
replacement, the feline will have to undergo an evaluation game needing
hormones. This requires a standard sample of blood for laboratory analysis. The
hormone test will inform the veterinarian as to which hormone needs to be
topped up and the correct amount needed for the cat to conduct daily functions
required by its body. Do note that hormonal replacement therapy is a procedure
generally done by the owner as the process must be administered every day. A
fresh batch of hormones must be injected within the body. Majority of the
hormone replacements are injectables. There is a specific process for doing so.
It is a standard procedure.
You must first prepare the dose. To do this, wash your hands
thoroughly and read the bottle instructions. Some manufacturers insist you
shake the bottle before use. Remove the attached cap from the needle approved
by your veterinarian. Insert syringe into the bottle top and turn bottle. Keep
the syringe inserted to the top. Use the little finger or your other hand to
pull the plunger back to correct prescribed dosage. The needle must not be
removed until all the air bubbles go away. There exists a method to remove the
air bubbles: hold upright the syringe and gently tap sides until bubbles float
to the top. Use the plunger to push the bubbles out and then draw a greater
quantity of medication to get the right dosage.
Ask someone to hold the
cat while you get ready to inject the new hormone. Hold the syringe in your
stronger hand and pinch and pull a skin fold upward with your other hand. The
nap of the neck is the most preferred position. Insert needle into the fold and
push in the plunger. Pull the needle out and dispose of it. Once the hormones
get replenished, the cat will regain its bodily function.