27481Re: Update on my two boys with HCM and HCM+CRF
- Mar 16, 2007Thanks Nala! Oscar is actually do much, much better. He's eating
and acting almost completely normal - okay, normal for him! He was
really low on Sunday and Monday didn't seem much better but I
changed his food and kept giving him the periactin (he gets Pepcid
in the am and periactin at bedtime) and every day this week he's
gotten brighter and more like himself. I'm assuming that it's maybe
because his BUN is coming down with the new food, lower proten and
phos than what I was feeding him (Friskies). He's eating Science
Diet Adult Savoury Cuts in Gravy both the chicken and beef flavours
and he's definitely enjoying it. He's been eating almost two 6 oz
cans a day since Tuesday. Only other med he's on is his Fortekor.
He really is a fighter. I think now that spring is almost here and
it's getting warmer he's going to perk up a lot more too. I'm
thinking he may have been a tad depressed over the past month, I
guess feeling yucky and it being so cold and gloomy looking
outside. He just seemed very down. But I'm hopeful now he's going
to be with us a bit longer.
As for his heart meds, that's something I want to talk to the vet
about. It might be that we just let him be, stay on the Fortekor
and that's it since he is quite fragile. Continue to monitor him
for stress and potential fluid buildup. I guess we'll see how
things go over the next little while. I'm going to check his
breathing this weekend when I can hopefully catch him sleeping.
Sometimes it looks like he's breathing too fast then I realize he's
purring so of course that makes all the difference - it's just so
nice to hear him purr!
nala_zq <nala_zq@...> wrote:
I don't remember whether I responded to your note previously
or not - I know that I had intended to!
That is great news for Pumpkin! It is my opinion that if his heart is
enlarged, particular the left atrium, that it might not be a bad
put him on a clot prevention med, but that is just my opinion.
Of course, as you say, things are trickier with Oscar. I'm glad the
periactin is working well for him. My heart/renal kitty didn't do
so well with it. I didn't think the Pepcid mattered to my cat
much either, until I quit giving it to her for a couple of days and
her eating tapered off.
I wouldn't be afraid of the lasix. I know it is hard with heart
and renal kitties to manage both diseases, but if you think he
is breathing fast I would try to keep it in check. My cat no
longer gets any kind of standard lasix dosing. It is pretty much -
count respirations - hmm 28 - well normally they should be
about 22 when she is sleeping like this, I am going to give her
10 mg instead of 7.5 and see if they come down at all. Oh goodness,
now they are up to 36. Now she gets 10 mg. (it really drives me
I think it is important to try to figure out what kind of respiratory
rate is "normal" for Oscar when his fluid is under control. You
can't always rely on the respiration rates of your other kitties,
but you can also determine what is "normal" for them.
Try to get your counting done when Oscar is sleeping, not when
he is dreaming, not when he is awake. I also count the resps. when
my cat is awake, but completely relaxed - falling asleep - as she
wakes up when a piece of dust settles on the floor and her breathing
is always rapid when she is startled awake.
Best to you and the crew!
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