Most hyperthyroid cats are clinically stable when referred for radioiodine therapy. And the radioiodine therapy itself is amazingly non-stressful. As a result, most hyperthyroid cats undergoing radioiodine therapy do not require continuous 24×7 monitoring. The variety of conditions that sometimes occur concurrently in hyperthyroid cats, especially thyroid induced cardiovascular disease, do result in individual cases that warrant a more aggressive monitoring schedule than is usually available for cats undergoing radioiodine therapy. However, the very nature of the isolation required of patients receiving radioiodine therapy makes direct persistent supervision of the patient impossible. Veterinarians and technicians in constant contact with radioactive patients day after day, week after week, year after year, would themselves receive potentially excessive levels of radiation exposure, limiting their ability to perform these duties over time.

Over the years since we began treating hyperthyroid cats with radioiodine, the most common question we encounter is: how and where are the cats housed? In 1999, AVMI opened its doors to a new facility boasting a separate feline radiotherapy ward with large picture windows providing its occupants with a sense of separation from the activities in the rest of the facility while avoiding the claustrophobic conditions usually provided for cats undergoing this therapy. To ensure that the feline patients hospitalized for radioiodine therapy at AVMI enjoy a truly optimal experience, Synder Cat Cottages™ were installed. These spacious individual living quarters boast

  • Large, elevated shelves for cats to stretch out on
  • Cozy bedrooms for napping
  • Hide-a-ways for cats seeking the security of apparent isolation
  • A private adjoining bathroom that contains the patient's litter box and is equipped with its own exhaust fan ensuring an odor free environment
In addition to the Synder Cat Cottages we use for the majority of our hyperthyroid cats, we have a small number of much larger enclosures that give cats with specific physical needs including arthritis and lower back stenosis, more space to stretch out. These larger enclosures are also ideal for cats with fear-related anxiety issues as they provide more space to retreat and hide, reducing their situational anxiety. These larger enclosures are limited in number and we determine if/when to use them based on our assessment of the individual cat's physical and psychological needs. We can not guarantee the availability of these enclosures for every cat we treat. Unfortunately these larger enclosures do not have web cams installed.
AVMI iCat Web Cams are a free service that is provided at no charge to the client. Occasionally camera failures occur which may interfere with their availability for individual cats during their hospitalization. No guarantee of Web Cam availability should be assumed.