You're right that it doesn't sound like a dramatic change but I agree that
you should get her to the vet today. Your gut feeling tells you something
is wrong and so it most likely is.
Can you find an emergency clinic any closer?
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Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 7:54 AM
Subject: [FH] Opinions/Advise Requested
> My 18 year old HCM kitty, Smokey has been mostly asymptomatic since her
> diagnosis in July. She is on Diltiazem, (7.5mg twice a day), baby
> tablet every 3rd day) and supplements (thanks Leah). Over the weekend I
> noticed a change in her. Nothing really severe, although I did call the
> emergency clinic, which is over an hour away, and did speak with a vet.
> very nice and said that unless I noticed any life threatening changes,
> he would recommend that I just watch her and take her to my vet on Monday
> save me the trip and the cost. I will call my vet when they open this
> to schedule an appointment, and I thought that if I let y'all know what
> going on, I could get some advise/opinions on what might be happening and
> have an idea on what to ask/talk with my vet about.
> Smokey still appears to be eating normally and the same amount that she
> normally eats, it is mostly can, however I do leave a bowl of dry down
> case she does eat all the can and wants something else before I get home
> work. Litter box habits haven't changed and everything appears normal
> The changes I see are in her personality and walking. She has become
> "clingy" the last couple of days, always wanted to be with me, and even
> laying on me. She normally wants to be around me, but now when I come
> room that she is in, she is right there wanting me to pick her up and
> If I am sitting she is in my lap, if I am lying in bed, no matter which
> she is laying on me. The other is her walking. When she was diagnosed
> HCM it was due to a saddle thrombosis. Then when she walked she more or
> dragged her left leg, now she is not actually dragging it, however it
> weaker than her right and it seems that when she walks, the leg collapses
> her. Also when she is standing or walking she is leaning towards the
> This morning when I took her into the kitchen with me and let her walk
> wanted to be right next to a wall or something to lean on and if she
> then she seemed to wobble and would then sit for a minute or so and then
> continue on. I noticed no change in breathing. Yesterday her heart rate
> the normal range, 136. I didn't take it this morning.
> So anything anyone can think of regarding this I would sure appreciate
> My vet is very willing to listen to me and form a plan of treatment that
> best for Smokey.
> Karen, Smokey, Sebastian, Sabrina and Angel's Trixie and Wildfire.