Information for owners

The referral process
Bishopton Vet cat

After your vet has referred you to us, we work in partnership with you and your local practice to ensure your cat will receive the highest standard of care.

Your vet will ensure the treatment will be suitable for your cat by undertaking a period of stabilisation on medication or diet, followed by urine and blood tests. Further tests may be necessary if additional illnesses are identified.

One of our vets will telephone to discuss the whole process, ensuring you are confident that the treatment is right for your cat before the appointment is booked.

Any hyperthyroid medication your cat is taking must be stopped 10 days before iodine administration.

Hills y/d diet must be stopped 14 days before treatment. We advise that your cat is fully vaccinated prior to admission. Please also administer flea and worm treatments the week before treatment.

On the day


Please starve your cat from 11.30pm the night before your appointment. Take away any drinking water from 8.00am on the morning of the appointment.

Should you wish, Zylkene, a natural anti-stress supplement, can be used throughout the process and Feliway can be used to help relax your cat during the journey. Further tips for travelling with your cat can be found on International Cat Care’s website.

You will have an admission appointment with one of our vets, who will examine your cat and answer any questions you may have. A light sedation will be administered and the radio iodine injection given. The sedation will then be reversed within a few minutes.

Making your cat feel at home will help them settle, so we would encourage you to bring one of their favourite blankets or toys for their stay, although unfortunately this cannot be returned.  They should also have special dietary food or medication brought for their stay. We provide several standard cat foods.

If you require transport to or from Bishopton Radio Iodine Cat Centre we can put you in touch with a pet ambulance who can collect your cat from your house.

In-patient care

After treatment your cat will usually stay with us for seven days as an in-patient to fully recover and allow radiation levels to decrease. They will receive round the clock care from our dedicated and experienced team. the accommodation has recently been expanded and enriched for each patient.

We will update you regularly while your cat is with us, so you can see how they are progressing in our care.


How to care for your cat after radio iodine treatment 


After treatment, it takes up to six weeks for radiation levels to return to normal. The risk to you and your family is minimal, provided you follow the following advice strictly for at least the first two (ideally four) weeks at home. The main principle is to minimise close contact with your cat.

  • On the journey home your cat should be kept as far away from you as possible, for instance placing the basket in the boot. Please do not bring children with you. If you may be pregnant please arrange for someone else to collect your cat.
  • Avoid periods of more than a few minutes in close proximity to your cat. This includes having your cat sit on your lap. It is safe to pick them up for short periods, but avoid face-to-face contact and do not allow your cat to lick you. Wash your hands after handling them. Your cat should not sleep in the same room as any family member.
  • Ensure your cat cannot jump onto kitchen surfaces or anywhere where food may be prepared or consumed. Clean the surface thoroughly before use if contact does occur.
  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • A litter tray should be provided, using flushable litter that we will supply. You must wear gloves when cleaning it out. If your home is connected to a public sewer, the dirty litter should be scooped into the toilet and flushed away. If your house has a septic tank, dirty litter should be scooped into a rubbish bag that should be kept in a secure container away from the house for six weeks, before disposing via council rubbish collection.
  • If your cat urinates or defecates outside the litter tray, the mess should be cleaned with a paper roll and disinfectant and flushed down the toilet. You must wear gloves whilst cleaning up.
  • Moulting hairs are not radioactive unless they have become contaminated with urine or faeces. Your cat will not leave any radiation where they have been lying, assuming no bodily fluids are left.
  • The above information applies only to humans. Your cat can associate with any other animals as normal.
  • If you feel it would be difficult to follow this advice we can arrange for your cat to stay in with us for a longer period.

For further information please contact Lucy Preece at