You are right, I was sitting there stressing about cat positions.
Bobo lies around in so many strange positions and he always had, but
now I worry if I see him in a position that might be
thought "meatloaf". Thanks for putting it in perspective!
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, "Sally J.Smith
<sallymerlin@y...>" <sallymerlin@y...> wrote:
> Greetings all caregivers,
> While this information about a cats lying position is useful,
> may also be terribly and unnecessarily frightening. One must take
> account more than just the kitties position when resting in trying
> assess how dire a kits condition may be.
> All his 18 1/2 years Muffin often rested/dozed in the "meatlof"
> position...way before he had any heart conditions at all. My
> do it now, and they are HCM free.
> Then, when Muffin was Dxd with HCM, he would still sometimes
> sit/doze in that position...and would often go from that position
> lying on his side! But he was just getting more comfortable!
> Finally, when he was in congestive heart failure stage, he
> slept all stretched out on his side, mainly because his belly was
> often full of fluid.
> I say this because IF Muffin was still with me and if I was a
> person reading this list's postings I would be rather freaked out
> now with all these dire warnings about the "meatlof" position!
> We caregivers need to view the whole cat; does the kitty have a
> history of sleeping/dozing/meditating in this position? If so, it
> just be natural for them. Does the kitty show any other signs of
> respiratory distress? How far along is the kits CHF? How is the
> heartrate, eating, drinking...etc. etc. etc...
> All these factors taken into account en total will need to be
> evaluated by the one who knows the kitty best, the primary
> and then if you are still concerned, call your vet...but please
> assume that if your kit is dozing in the "meatloaf" position and
> happens to roll over on it's side, that it is about to expire!
> By all means, do pay attention, but keep in mind that many
> just sleep this way naturally.
> Best wishes to all
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Susan <somnamblst@y...> wrote:
> > --- "lois_051958 <ljones432@e...>"
> > <ljones432@e...> wrote:
> > > Thanks for the info Susan.
> > >
> > > Yes, Gizmo does lay on his side, sometime he curls
> > > up and sometimes
> > > stretched out. He usually sits as I described when
> > > he's up on the
> > > kitchen counter watching what I am doing.
> > >
> > > What are abducted elbows? DOes that me tucked
> > > under?
> > >
> > > Lois
> > Lois,
> > I think the time to start worrying is when the cat
> > only sits in the sternal recumbancy position. And if
> > you read the Emergency Respiratory Distress article
> > when a cat goes from sternal to lateral recumbancy
> > respiratory arrest could be imminent.
> > Susan
> > =====
> > Rudy: Male DSH brown tabby, feral mom, diagnosed 09-2002 at 19
> months of age with idiopathic HCM: grade 2 murmur, hyperkinetic
> borderline normal thickening, considered asymptomatic, 12.5 mg
> Atenolol 1x day, 1/2 baby aspirin 2x week administered via pilling
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