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46626Re: I lost my cat this morning

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  • Westgold
    Dec 10, 2012
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      yes, please take her to a cardiologist asap, and then you will know. If she
      has HCM, he will give you the proper meds. With the right meds, most can
      live a normal lifespan. My Tigger was dx at age 6 months, and he celebrated
      his happy 8th birthday in Oct. If she doesn't have it, then you won't have
      to worry! You have to also tell their breeder --- I sure hope they have
      retired the parents. But they need to get all their breeding cats echoed,
      otherwise they just keep making more kittens with heartbreaking HCM. I'm
      so glad you found our list, we will help you -- give us the sister's results
      when you get them.

      take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <techigirl78@...>
      To: "Westgold" <westgold@...>
      Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 1:51 PM
      Subject: Re: I lost my cat this morning


      That is what I'm telling my stepdaughter and what I believe. Even if we
      found out exactly what it was and got him on treatments, he probably had a
      lot of damage. He had been slowly going down a little over the last year.
      I thought maybe age since he stilled ate, played, ran around, but not at the
      level of a normal bengal (still above my tuxedo though). Then, the last
      month he was acting sick and losing weight. When he passed, he had gained
      1/2 lb in less then week. So, I wasn't imagining it, he was eating a lot
      more. But, I think the damage was there. The important thing now is to
      make sure his sister gets it detected early if she has the same thing and
      for me to learn more going forward.

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Westgold" <westgold@...> wrote:
      >
      > hi ---- your kitty most probably didn't have a clot, so the blood thinners
      > wouldn't have made any difference. Total heart failure would have
      > happened
      > anyway. The only thing that can help prevent that is to be diagnosed
      > really
      > early, and put on all the proper meds. But even that doesn't always
      > help --
      > some kitties' heart disease progresses SO fast that there is absolutely
      > nothing that can be done. The fluid builds up so fast sometimes. That's
      > sadly what happened with both of our kitties.
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: <techigirl78@...>
      > To: "Westgold" <westgold@...>
      > Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:49 PM
      > Subject: Re: [FH] I lost my cat this morning
      >
      >
      > Thank you for sharing your story. I can take comfort in knowing I was
      > able
      > to be with him in his last moments. Even though I was driving, I had one
      > hand on him and he knew I was there.
      >
      > I'm still frustrated with my vet, I think part of it is normal anger/guilt
      > over death. I left message with the animal hospital who has all the
      > specialists in town (where I was sent when my tabby had cancer too).
      > However, I think I will need to go through my normal vet to get a
      > referral.
      > Part of me wishes in addition to 2nd antibiotic, I was also given blood
      > thinner since he heart murur. I keep thinking maybe that would have kept
      > him with me longer (though not sure how much). The other part thinks
      > maybe
      > no vet would do that until ultrasound or echocardiogram done by
      > cardiologist. My vet said he would send me if second course didn't work
      > to
      > a specialist. Plus, my cat while losing weight was still responsive and
      > eating a little. Just confused. I know everyone here likely understands.
      >
      > --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Westgold" <westgold@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi -- I am so sorry to hear about your little kitty. What you describe
      > > is
      > > sudden heart failure caused by HCM. This is what happened to one of my
      > > kitties back in 1995. She was lethargic and wouldn't eat for a couple
      > > days before. But she did not have a murmur, and I have to admin that in
      > > 1995 I had never even heard of HCM. We were going to take her into the
      > > vet the next morning because she just looked so weak and had a bit of
      > > open-mouth breathing. But at 4 AM I was awoken by a loud scream, and by
      > > the time I got into the living room she was dead in a puddle of fluid on
      > > the floor. I tried holding her upside down to drain fluid, and I also
      > > tried breathing for her, but it was too late, she was already gone. We
      > > did do a necropsy at the University Of Guelph, an they said sudden heart
      > > failure caused by HCM. They said that when people wake up in the
      > > morning
      > > and find their kitties dead on the floor, this is usually what it is.
      > > Fortunately it's quick. I read on another list of a kitty who happily
      > > ran
      > > up the cat tree while they were playing, and then fell off dead.
      > >
      > > If your other cat is related, you need to get an echocardiogram with a
      > > cardiologist immediately. This is the only way to know if there is
      > > heart
      > > disease. Xrays may show fluid, but it's hard to tell, and they cannot
      > > diagnose heart disease. And if she also has HCM, you can start on the
      > > proper meds right away to increase her chances of a full life.
      > >
      > > When you feel up to it, please put up a memorial to your dear kitty on
      > > our
      > > memorial site http://www.AngelKitties.com -- we'd love to see his photo
      > > and hear how you met, etc. All kitties are welcome, no matter how long
      > > they've been in heaven.
      > >
      > > take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
      > >
      >
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