19161Introduction - Chester
- Mar 31, 2005Hi all,
Just joined the list and thought I'd introduce myself and my cat, Chester. We live in East
Berkshire in the UK.
Pictures of Chester are on http://homepage.mac.com/ronantriskell/eastdean/
Chester will be 3 next week and was diagnosed in March 2003 with HCM. He was sluggish
and feverish one morning and rushed to the vet. Cardiac infection was initially diagnosed
because of fever and heart murmur but blood tests disproved that. The fever/infection
cleared (without ever finding the real cause) but a heart scan done then showed a
thickening of the heart. The cat was put immediatly on Fortekor and Atenelol (at faily high
dose of the latter). After 3 months, dosage of Atenelol was reduced (to 1/2 a pill once a
day). After a further 6 months, a new scan showed neither improvement nor worsening
(0.74mm thick). Prescription was kept the same.
Now a year after, the condition has been found to have worsen (to 0.82mm) and
medication has been changed to HyperCard (Diltiazem) with the Fortekor kept. Next scan
in 2.5 months...
I took this as a bad news and the lifestyle changes to accomodates the 3-times daily
intake are rather inconvenient. I thought I'd join your list to read how people cope with it
all and how flexible one can be (The vet seemed to think that flexibility was OK provided
common sense was used to avoid overdoses and followed the theory that some is better
than none - thinking about occasional cattery stays where 3 times daily will NOT be
So... Thanks for having me here and I look forward to reading you all...