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41081Re: [FH] Re: Punky - only HCM?

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  • Ana Gutierrez
    Dec 10, 2010
      Thank you very much for your words, Barbie.

      I am completely new at cardiomyopathies, so any advices, important
      anecdotes, life-saving stories, etc... are more than welcomed :)

      Best wishes,
      Ana


      On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM, Barbie <barbie_guitard@...> wrote:

      >
      >
      > Awe, saw the pictures, bless his heart he looked
      > terrified. He is so blessed to have you. Just
      > brought me to tears. No matter the problems
      > some pets face, they are lucky in so many ways
      > to be off the street and in a loving home like yours.
      >
      > Bless you and I do pray that your little furry friend
      > has a long happy life and that he progresses well
      > with this disease.
      >
      > Barbie
      >
      > "Whoever wants to know something about me,
      > must observe my paintings carefully and try to
      > see in them what I am".
      >
      > Gustav Klimt
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > ________________________________
      > From: Ana Gutierrez <anagtz@... <anagtz%40gmail.com>>
      > To: elfinmyst@... <elfinmyst%40aol.com>
      > Cc: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Fri, December 10, 2010 12:24:31 PM
      >
      > Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Punky - only HCM?
      >
      > Dear Lyn,
      >
      > Thanks so much for your kind answer. Punky received your cuddles right away
      > and purred :)
      > I don't know about cat breeds. You can see pictures of him in this link:
      > http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=583763&id=620990647&l=a7fe8aad35
      > (He
      > is the orange tabby)
      > I would apprecciate any information on the possible breed, and what extra
      > care should I take.
      >
      > We think he is 4 months old now. He is so much better... when I found him
      > he
      > was merely bones and skin (and infections)...
      >
      > I like in a small town in M�xico and we only have one good vet. I am
      > planning to take Punky to M�xico City next week to see a feline
      > cardiologist. Should he be revalorated (I mean, a new ultrasound)?
      > The vet here said no meds for him until his first crisis. Does this make
      > sense?
      > He said only to supplement diet with Carnitine, Taurine and CoQ10
      >
      > As you can see in the pictures his dwarfism is not proportioned... he has a
      > normal body size but small front legs. I read this is achondroplasia,
      > whilst
      > pituary dwarfism is a more proportioned dwarfism. Anyway I will ask for the
      > pituary test. Thanks for the advice.
      >
      > I don't think he had a mother for a long time, since he didn't know how to
      > speak cat. My other cats tought him by now and he meowed for the first time
      > a couple of weeks ago, but he probably lost his mother really early.
      > Anyway,
      > the vet also thinks these are congenital problems.
      >
      > I know he has an undescendent testicle, but can he be neutered? I am
      > frightened of the anesthesia. Cats with HCM tolerate anesthesia? Is there a
      > special anesthesia to protect the heart?
      >
      > Thanks!
      > Ana & Punky
      >
      > On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 3:45 AM, <elfinmyst@... <elfinmyst%40aol.com>>
      > wrote:
      >
      > >
      > >
      > > HI ana
      > >
      > > WHat breed is he?
      > >
      > > One month old is far too young to be without his mum. He is so lucky you
      > > found him and are doing your best to love him. He has chosen you! Is he
      > > having kitten milk mixed up to drink with his normal food as normally he
      > > wouldn't be fully weaned yet. You can get that in a tin like baby milk
      > and
      > > it
      > > would be perfect for him.
      > >
      > > Is it possible he is older than one month? HCM at that age is highly
      > > unusual. I have two cats with similar situations to yours. Trixi was
      > > diagnosed
      > > with advanced HCM at 3 months old and with medication is doing well. She
      > > was
      > > told she had 3 months to live, but refused to listen and is now 3 years.
      > > Tansy never grew, never lost her baby teeth and had mental problems. She
      > > was
      > > diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism and her heart blood vessels were also
      > 'in
      > >
      > > the wrong place' leading to heart complications. Is it possible Punky has
      > > pituitary dwarfism? Tansy is still only the size of a 5 month kitten at 3
      > > years old. Pituitary dwarfism also seems to make them mentally 'not quite
      > > right' and Tansy has eye problems. She also has narcolepsy.
      > >
      > > Pectus excavatum is when the sternum is not developed normally. It is
      > quite
      > >
      > > obvious and the vet would have noticed that. If Punky has had so many
      > > infections and lost his mother, he would be putting all his energy into
      > > fighting that and not growing. He sounds like he has a congenital problem
      > > and I`m
      > > glad he has a loving home with you. The heart disease can be stabilised.
      > > When he is neutered he will need the undescended testicle removed as it
      > can
      > >
      > > lead to complications later on. My Josh had an undescended testicle, it's
      > > not uncommon.
      > >
      > > I suggest a blood test to test his pituitary hormone level. At a young
      > age
      > > he can have supplements to help fix this. Tansy was finally diagnosed at
      > > one year after a lot of tests and was fully grown then so couldn't be
      > > helped
      > > with pituitary hormones.
      > >
      > > The other thing that comes to mind is a liver shunt. That causes heart
      > > problems and retarded growth but I`m sure your vet has ruled that out by
      > > now.
      > >
      > > Nurse him, love him and give him a cuddle from me:)
      > >
      > > Love Lyn
      > >
      > > _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)
      > >
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      > >
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