31655Re: Two 6 year old brother cats - HCM - supplements, food, success stories pleas
- Dec 7, 2007I'm sorry to hear that your two cats were diagnosed with HCM. I think
the scales you are giving refer to their heart murmurs as with HCM
itself, I've only seen it graded mild, moderate and severe.
Most of us went through the same thing when our cats were diagnosed
but it helped me a lot when my vet told me not to pay all that much
attention to those prognosis studies online. He said most of what you
read about HCM is outdated and with newer treatments, cats are
surviving longer. Some of the newer sources I've found note that an
asymptomatic cat with HCM can often live another five years or more.
While it's true some cats get worse quickly, other cats never develop
more than mild HCM with no symptoms.
I hope this info helps--it helped me to feel a lot more positive about
our cat's prognosis.
-- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Kate Pawlowski" <tokates@...> wrote:
>One of the cats is 4 out
> Two of my 6 year old, male cats have just been diagnosed with HCM.
> of 6, and the other is 3 out of 6 according to my vet on a scale ofprogression of the disease.
> They are brothers from the same liter which I hand raised from 7days old. I am of course
> very sad, mostly because it looks like all the prognosis reports are2-4 year survival rate or
> an average of 700+ days. I would like to hear from someone with catsthat have similar
> situations to my Bark and Panther. Also if anyone has a suggestionfor proper food (they also
> have struvite crystals from time to time), vitamin supplements anddosage, and proven
> success in keeping your cats alive, well and happy with this heartdisease - please message
> me with information. I have a girl cat from the same liter and shedoes not have this heart
> problem and hopefully will not develop it.
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