Hi there, I'm sorry for what you and your kitty are going thru...can
you tell us your names?
It sounds like a specialist/cardiologist would be a good idea,
especially if your vet has given up, or doesn't know what else to do.
I would think your vet could give you a referral, but there is also a
link in our group files where you can do a search for a cardiologist in
your area. You would probably need a referral to the cardiologist from
a regular vet, though.
My cat also has kidney issues and fluid around the lungs. My vet says
it is congestive heart failure. I'm not sure what you mean when you
said that you are afraid your cat's pleural effusion is congestive
heart failure....but others in this group will be able to tell us if
there can be other causes of pleural effusion in a CRF kitty--maybe the
subq's pooling or not being absorbed?
You asked for suggestions, maybe you can tell us what
treatment/meds/supplements your cat is already getting? I think the
main, first suggestion is to find a vet you have confidence in....we
can help you here to understand what the vets are saying and sometimes
people here will have great ideas, too, to ask your vet about....but
you really need a vet who knows your cat personally to help you make
critical decisions in the very tricky spot you find yourself in!
Good luck....please keep us posted and send us more information on your
Meredith with Monkey
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> My cat has a heart murmer and with his CRF, pleural effusion. My vet
> has given up, but I would like to try to treat his heart problems and
> I'm having a very difficult time finding a specialist or at least
> another vet in the south SF bay area, CA.
> I had him tapped for the fluids once, and it is very hard on him/CRF
> cats, but I know he has a heart problema dn high blood pressure and
> I'm afraid he might be going into congestive heart failure.
> Can anyone recommend someone, or have any suggestions? Please