Often a cough associated with HCM is caused by fluid buildup. Lucy may also
need a diuretic like lasix to control that. Has she seen a cardiologist?
My girl had just turned 11 when she was diagnosed about 14 months ago.
She's doing fine with all her meds now despite a few scary times along the
way. Cats are amazing with their ability to rebound so keep on giving her
love and care!
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From: "devotedpurrent" <devotedpurrent@...>
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2006 2:10 PM
Subject: [FH] Lucy has periodic coughing jags - any help?
> Lucy has been diagnosed with HCM and is on Cardizen and Benazepril
> (also aspirin). Are either of these supposed to help the cough (which
> I believe is connected to her condition)? Does anyone have any
> suggestions to help ease the cough?
> I want to thank everyone who has given me advice with Lucy's meds.
> Right now I'm crushing them and mixing them with a tiny bit of baby
> food, which I then gently squirt into her mouth (a bit at a time).
> This has worked out the best so far -- she gets annoyed with the
> process but at least is not scared (like when I tried to pill her).
> She's eating better now and seems to enjoy life ... but, at 12, we're
> afraid that we won't have her for very long. She's such a tiny,
> fragile girl and has already come back from the brink a couple of times
> since her diagnosis at the beginning of December.