Welcome and my sympathy to you & Charlie. My 11 year old was just diagnosed with HCM in November so I'm well aware of what you're going through. There are a lot of people in this group with very similar experiences and a few with both heart and kidney problems.
My girls in also on Furosemide which is a generic version of Lasix. That can make them a bit tired. I'm not familiar with Benazepril but assume it's an ACE-inhibitor like Enalapril. You can read about the side-effects of the drugs here - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
This is one of the many useful links in the links section of the Yahoo group.
There are many people who know far more than I do here, but I wanted to let you know that this is a great group and you'll get plenty of support and information here.
Sue & Pepper
We found out yesterday that our wonderful cat (Charlie) that we've had
for 10 yrs has HCM and possibly other health problems. Our vet has
prescribed Furosemide to get rid of the pulmonary edema, Benazepril to
help his heart, and I've been directed to give him a baby aspirin every
3 days. He has some kidney problems too - one kidney is abnormally
small and the other kidney is abnormally large. We are supposed to
take Charlie back to the vet on Friday (4/1) to get chest xrays so the
vet can evaluate whether the treatment is working.
I guess I'm posting just to get support from others who are going thru
the same experiences. Charlie was acting like he was feeling pretty
good when I brought him home from the vet yesterday, but today he
doesn't have much energy, is drinking alot of water & urinating, and
isn't purring like he usually does when I hold him. It's a scary time
right now, and hope they are able to stabilize him.
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