I'm new here because I'm worried about my cat, Misty. She's 11 and a
half years old. She's never had anything really wrong with her
before this incident, and I've read that HCM may have no symptoms.
Here's the scenario:
On Thursday, I took Misty to the vet because she had been
compulsively biting her tail, for what I thought would be a harmless
checkup. The vet wanted to do a blood panel before giving her
As the assistant shaved her neck, Misty went into shock and started
to die. It seems the stress of the situation had caused this. After
two anti-shock injections(?) and some oxygen, she was stablized and I
immediately rushed her home. She's alive, and not so bad now,
although a bit wobbly on her back legs and quite fragile (I had
noticed her back legs were a bit weak *before* I took her to the vet
The vet said he had never seen anything that severe and sudden happen
before. He said it could actually be an underlying heart condition,
and was possibly triggered by the stress of the situation.
However, we cannot bring her back to the vet to test her for anything
because it will most likely trigger another attack. I don't know if
she went into a heart attack or just went into shock, but either way,
the vet told me not to risk bringing her back in.
I love Misty with all my heart, and I want to do anything possible to
ensure her health and well being.
Does anyone have any idea what it could be or what the vet could be
talking about? Is there *any* way to test for HCP other than
Ultrasound? I've read the symptoms, but apparently the only sure way
to tell is if you do the ultrasound. Any suggestions? I appreciate
any input anyone may have with regards to this.