Dr. Mann’s 6-year-old daughter’s
rendering that lead to the naming
of The Cat Company and which
provided the inspiration for the
color scheme of our web site.

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Your cat should stay indoors but need not be isolated from you, your family, or other pets. The potential radiation exposure to your family is extremely low because the radiation regulations for cats are much stricter than for humans being treated with I-131.

There will be some special things you will need to do when your cat comes home for your safety.  This is broken down into a 2-week period and a 4-week period and will be written out for you upon release.  In general, though, your cat cannot sleep with you or be held/cuddled for longer than 15 minutes at a time for 2 weeks.  The litter must be collected and saved for the first 4 weeks your cat is home.

Starting with week 5, your cat and the litter are no longer radioactive and all can return to normal —although the first 4 weeks collection can still not be disposed of for another few weeks.  We will help with ideas for this. 

Although these restrictions may sound awkward, they are quite doable and actually much less trouble than giving your cat a pill twice daily for the rest of its life. Trust us, its worth it to restore your best friend’s health. We will give you detailed instructions at the time of discharge. The precautions are common sense, but are also mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.