My cat has an over-active, swollen thyroid, causing him to constantly be hungry, and frequent vomiting. So, out of four options - radiation treatment, surgery, daily tablets, or a changed diet - we chose to give him a changed diet, with no iodine which the thyroid needs to function apparently. However, the batch of non-iodine foods were usually not eaten by our cat, so instead a family member decided to give him 100% natural (packaged) meat food instead (which predictably were met with favour from our cat).
I, however, am concerned having read that meat may contain iodine (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7216884, http://www.healthboards.com/boards/thyroid-disorders/423636-iodine-meats.html), that it is not a suitable replacement and in fact may be contributing to the functioning of the thyroid.
So, can I safely be using natural meat food instead of prescribed non-iodine food?