Thank you so much for your thoughts and for sharing your story.
Very interesting. I tend to think like you, that he probably had it
but was stable for most of his life until later. I wonder if the
cardiologist took him off the meds because the disease had remissed
somehow? I mean the fact that there was no evidence of disease at
that time does not mean that it never existed. Maybe it improved with
As far as Joey, please be careful with the fluids for CRF. 50 cc once
a week does not sound like a lot. My Timby was on 100 cc every day,
and I have no doubt that that hastened his going into heart failure
(of course if we had known he had heart diease we would have done the
fluids very differently or not at all). But it is a delicate balance.
And yes, you gotta go with your gut. If I had, I would have walked
right out of that first vet's office. You know your baby better than
Linda and Li Li
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Belinda <macat@...> wrote:
> I sorry you lost your Timmy, please don't feel bad though, you
> only do the best with what you were told and with your vet thinking
> was OK with the heart looking normal you had nothing but that to go
> Timmy knows you did the best you could for him and how much you
> him. He is whole and healthy now and with you always and forever
> your heart.
> My Joey did the panting at 5 months of age and I took him to the
> they did say his heart was shaped funny and he went to a vet
> many tests. They diagnosed him very, very early HCM. He was put
> medication and a year later we moved back here and I had him
> a feline cardiologist and he said there was no evidence of heart
> and told us to take him off the meds.
> He is 11 years old now and was diagnosed about a year and a half
> with HCM and has been on 1/4 benazepril daily for the first year
> couple of months, then we upped his dose to 1/2 a pill daily
> still has high BP. Haven't checked his BP again, need to do that
> He was checked again for his HCM after being on the benazepril for
> months or so and there was very little change, the thickening was
> slightly more and the arotia was a tiny bit more dilated. The vet
> me that they are finding some cats progress much slower in the
> process and are considered to be progressive HCM.
> So did he have HCM when he was 5 months old? The cardiologist that
> checked him when we got back here said probably not, but since he
> developed it later I have to think he probably did.
> So from about 1 1/2 years of age when we took him off the meds he
> fine, it took 8 1/2 years for it to surface again, although my vet
> told me a year before that, that he had a heart murmur, I just
> that time grasp the seriousness of the implications of that and she
> didn't push it.
> Joey is my life so I'm very upset for not doing something sooner
> hopefully it won't have any dire lasting effects. He is also very
> CRF and gets 50ccs of fluids once a week.
> My vet always poop poohs my gut feelings too and because of it my
> (CRF) has been suffering with an infection for 6 weeks. He is
> recovering and once I run out of the clavamox the vet gave me I am
> to keep him on fish mox (very similar to clavamox) for an
> or 3 weeks. Each time he has been on it it looked like it was
> up but within a week it flared back up, this is the 4th time we are
> fighting the same infection!!!
> If they don't get their acts together I will be looking for a new
> PS. Joey is a siamese mix :)
> happiness is being owned by cats ...