I feel a bit strange posting this question in HTF, but there do seem to be quite a few cat owners amongst us. I have a 12 year old cat named Bruce who has developed a thyroid condition of which I am told is pretty common in older cats. The result of the overactive thyroid is an increased heart rate and loss of muscle mass. The further result is a very emaciated looking kitty. I had him on a drug called Tapezole which was a temporary fix (prolonged use can damage the kidneys). My vet was trying to convince me to have Bruce go through a procedure where he is injected with radioactive iodine, which should eliminate the thyroid condition. Have any of you encountered this problem with your cat(s)? What action did you take? I really can't afford the $1200-$1500 price tag for the treatment. Isn't there something else I can give him daily which might be cheaper in the short run? Any advice is sincerely appreciated. Thos.