First of all, I'm going to start with I don't know what I am looking
for or want... it's too late and it all happened so fast. I was away
from 2/20 - 2/23. I never leave them alone for more than 4 days, in
which they are usually fine. I own two cats, a Siamese who is 9
(Princess) and a Maine Coon who is 7(Mia)... both shelter rescues. I
have had them both since they were about 2 months old.
When I came back on Monday, I couldn't find Princess. She was hiding
on the side of the washing machine. Now, typical of Siamese, she was
a loud mouth, boisterous one... and would usually be at the door to
yell at me :)
After I found her, I noticed her right front paw was limp. She was
dragging it and walking on her joint. It was already 1 AM. so I went
on line and figured she got it caught up somewhere and had radial
nerve damage, since cardiomyopathy normally starts in the back legs.
I brought her to the vet in the morning, as she was not in pain that
night and he said she had to have gotten caught up somewhere. He
gave me 5 days of prednisone and said to see what happened. Not good
enough for me, so on Thursday, I brought her to a different vet. He
said the same thing... radial nerve damage. She may get the use of
the paw back, may not.
Well, my husband got home from a 2 week business trip yesterday. I
really think she waited for him. She was her normal self, besides
the leg, all day yesterday. When I got home from work I made
Around 9:00 we heard something in the laundry room, where their
litter boxes are and food, etc. I went in and Princess was laying in
the Rubbermaid auto box. She was crying and literally had to throw
her body out of it. She came into the hallway for a little while.
Around 11:15, we heard another noise (thank God we were still up, as
we have the TV on in the bedroom with the door closed and may not
have heard her... we normally go to bed around 11)in the laundry
room. John went over and she was laying in the other litter box
crying. I picked her up out of it and put her on the floor and she
couldn't stand up. I brought her out into the living room so we
could watch her and see if there was any change. She kept crying and
flipping around on the floor, trying to get up on her back legs. I
immediately went to the phone book to call the 24 hour animal
We put her in the car and I was in the back seat holding her as my
husband made every light of that 15 minute drive. We ran in and I
told the nurse everything... also that I didn't think it was HCM
because it was in her front right paw, but now that she had no use of
her back paws, I thought different.
The doctor came in and said I had correctly diagnosed her. Her back
legs were cold and starting to turn blue... they took a needle and
pricked her on both and got no blood. They said it was too late,
that even if they started her on meds, there was no guarantee that
she would get her legs back, nor ever be the same. They said she was
in so much pain and the best thing to do would be to euthanize.
I am thankful this all happened so quick. I have been on the
internet all morning and I keep beating myself up, as if there was
something else I could have done. This all came on SO fast and was
never detected.. not even by the two vets this week who both listened
to her heart.
SO, I guess I just needed to get that out. To all of you that this
has happened to, I so empathize. I keep telling myself I did the best
I could for her, but it doesn't make it hurt any less.....