Thank you for your response. I guess at this point
I am thinking the three vets who saw her didn't mention the
water amount because she probably does need it
every day. So chances are that is why they didn't
mention it. I will continue to give it to her
everyday until told otherwise. Unfortunetely Nunu is not in the situation
that most HCM cats are. She is more towards the
end. She isn't 6 months old and won't live another
7 years successfully, or being diagnosed at 2 to have
a full life ahead of her. Her disease has progressed
at a fast rate and the way she has been lately even
after being on meds for about 10 days. To say she
is doing much better isn't the case. She still has
to stop about 10 ft after walking because she is
breathing so heavy. She is a heavier cat and an older
cat. The vet actually said her prognosis is not good
even though many HCM cats can live for years with
this terminal illness. Her heart has quit a bit of thickening
inside and because she is a bigger cat not enough
blood can fit in that compromised heart chamber to
She drinks a lot but she always has for the past 3/4 years
after her bladder stones were taken out. Not before.
She hardly drank before her surgery years ago. But now
she does which is good for her because of her bladder
problems. And of course because she is on diuretics. I
read that they should be replenishing their fluids when
they are on diuretics but I started to get worried seeing
all the posts referencing smaller water intake. I would
imagine that may be in cases of CRF.
Honestly I am not sure how much more I am going to allow
her to go through this. She still purrs and loves to get
brushed, but her quality of life has gone from 100 to about
30. I just am struggling with the decision and I get so angry
having to be put in this situation. I hate it. I know
that everything dies and this world is ever changing but
sometimes it is very difficult to change with it.
Well better go check on her.
"Whoever wants to know something about me,
must observe my paintings carefully and try to
see in them what I am".
From: nicholeandmilo <coleryan86@...
Sent: Sun, September 5, 2010 9:32:49 AM
Subject: [FH] Re: Water amount when using Lasix
Lasix is a diuretic so it gets rid of fluids, therefore can lead to dehydration
and be hard on the kidneys. My kitty Moto has been on it since January and just
had a re-echo a couple weeks ago and since that, as well as his breathing is
stable we are going to reduce the dosage but not take him off of it all
together. My cardiologist said he is too high risk to completely discontinue it
since he went into heart failure once already, so he will remain on it lifelong
but we are going to try doing the lowest effective dose. Motos kidney values are
and have been fine for the past 7 1/2 months he's been on lasix. CHF is just as
bad as CRF so don't be afraid to give the lasix, if Nunu needs it, he needs to
have it, regardless of what it may do to the kidneys.
Each cat is different as far as whether or not they'll need lasix lifelong,
heart disease isn't black and white so my cat will be on it lifelong but that
doesn't mean yours necessarily will be, so I can't answer yes or no as to your
question. You have to treat based on your cats individual situation and symptoms
you're seeing, or not seeing for that matter. Heart disease has a mind of its
own and the future can't be predicted, just take a day at a time and enjoy each
day. Moto and his situation has actually taught me to stop being such a planner
and its been great for me. I still plan for some things and stay organized, but
I've realized thinking into the future and planning for what could come, is not
the best thing bc if things don't go as planned there are big disappointments. I
understand you may be a planner and want to know exactly what to do and expect
for the future by try and step back and let some of that go.
Also I don't give water supplementally, Moto just drinks more water as a results
of the lasix. Increased water intake is the goal with lasix since it depletes
their fluid supply. But I wouldn't give it by syringe, they can aspirate bc of
syringing it for one and for two, its stressful for them. If your cat eats
canned food I'd add some more water to it, and I found that getting a water
fountain did the trick for my boy. He LOVES the one I got. Be creative, see what
your cat likes and provide it, such as water out of a mug, dripping water
faucet, leaving water in multiple places, etc. I would not stress a kitty out by
Take a deep breath and live one day at a time. Heart kitties lives are
unpredictable and I use to always worry and wonder what if this and that, and
really you can't control the future so what's gonna happen is what's going to,
enjoy everyday and try to relax, if your kitty can sense if you're stressed or
upset over the situation that adds to stress for Nunu.
Keep doing your best and things will work out.
--- In email@example.com, Barbie <barbie_guitard@...> wrote:
> I have noticed on several posts during the past week or two
> that many talk about Lasix and giving their cats only a certain
> amount of water.
> When Nunu was put on Lasix water intake was never mentioned.
> Were all of you that have your pets on Lasix told to give less
> water or more? I am starting to worry that they forgot to mention
> this. I can't remember if I asked this already as I have so
> much on my mind lately but do HCM cats stay on Lasix for the
> rest of their lives? I am worried about her kidneys since this
> med is so hard on them.
> I know my cousins dog is on a Lasix and heart meds everyday
> and has been for months.
> "Whoever wants to know something about me,
> must observe my paintings carefully and try to
> see in them what I am".
> Gustav Klimt
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