Re: congestive heart failure w/hyperthyroidism
I'm sorry to hear about Urchin.
Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions about helping Urchin eat -
I've not faced that problem yet. However, from reading other posts
here and on usenet, I think there's a good chance that he'll eat on
his own once he's through this crisis and hopefully veterans of the
HCM/CHF battle will have some helpful suggestions for you to get him
through this time.
I was just wondering how Urchin is being treated for his
hyperthyroidism and how often his T4 level is being monitored by the
vet. If he has been on medication for the year at a dosage that
works for him, then I would be surprised that he went into CHF due
to the hyperthyroidism. It would suggest that his hyperthyroid
condition isn't being managed correctly, in which case that needs to
be addressed in addition to addressing his heart condition.
--- In email@example.com, "jenmcgovern2001"
> Hi--I'm new. My name is Jen and I have a 16 yr old shorthair kittyvery
> named Urchin. He's been diagnosed for almost a year with
> hyperthyroidism and about a week ago he stopped eating and became
> lethargic. After several trips to emergency vets and my own vet wegiving
> discovered that he has congestive heart failure due to the
> hyperthyroid. We are treating with Lasix and atenolol and I'm
> him saline subcutaneously at home. He was dehydrated as well andthe
> IV drip that they did at the emergency vet's overloaded his lungs.support,
> We're still trying to ease his breathing.
> Basically I wondered if anyone could give me suggestions or
> particularly concerning his eating and lethargy. He will eat A/dif
> syringe fed but won't eat on his own, and I'm not sure that he'she's
> drinking at all except when I give it to him via syringe. Also,
> terribly lethargic and won't do much except change where he's lyingof
> down--goes to the other bedroom, living rm, litter box, back to my
> bedrm. Does anyone know if he could regain energy after this kind
> crisis? Do cats that stop eating restart spontaneously, or will Ihelp
> have to syringe feed him permanently? I guess I would just like to
> hear from anyone who's coped with CHF.
> Thanks for the list--I was so relieved to find it and read other
> posts. Treating my kitty by myself is so scary and I want to be
> optimistic, but it's difficult when he's so sick. Thanks for any
> or advice.
- Hi Jen & Urchin,
My cat, Boo Kitty just had CHF the beginning of August. We were
very fortunate that it only took 1 visit to the vet to diagnose, and
although she too was in the hospital on IV for dehydration, they
started her on meds to start clearing out the lungs. Gosh, it must
have been the entire 1st week I was a wreck (I still am from time to
time). Our Vet's recurring chant with us was "get her to eat". I
don't care what you give her...just get her to eat! I'm not going
to lie, it was tough, she would eat about 1/2 teaspoon full on her
own, then walk away and sleep. She wanted little to nothing to do
with me. I went out and bought probably 12 different flavors of
food, and when I found one that she liked I went out and got lots
more of that one. She started becoming more like herself, the
better she was eating, the better she began to feel. She still
doesn't eat much at one time, I think maybe her little stomach
shrunk (I wish mine would), but she now has no hesitation about
finding me and telling me she's hungry...especially, it seems
lately, at 4 am.
I have to echo Sarah's remarks, has she been to a cardiologist? If
she hasn't and you need to find one, there is a list of them in the
Links section. The thing that convinced me about taking Boo to the
cardio is the realization that HCM & CHF are what they deal with
everyday...they are in the forefront of cutting edge technology and
new meds just for our babies with heart problems. They see it
everyday, and know precisly what to look for and what to tell us as
parents to look for.
Good luck Jen & Urchin...keep in touch
Sandy & Boo Kitty