what to do for asymptomatic cat
- hello. my beloved cat, Patrick (a 12 year old orange tabby), was
recently diagnosed with hcm after a checkup revealed an
aquired heart murmur. he had been irradiated last March to
correct a hyperthyroid condition, and from what I've read there
seems to be some sort of link between thyroid problems and
hcm. the cardiologist said that it's fairly early in the disease, and
he isn't yet exhibiting symptoms, so that there was nothing we
should do right now. do you all agree? according to this guy,
medical treatments can cause other problems and haven't been
proven to help the animal. although I asked him about it, he also
didn't suggest any dietary changes. for several years now
Patrick's been eating a dry food called OM (for overweight
management) that was recommended by our vet.
is it grasping at straws to believe there must SOMETHING I can
do for Patrick that will allow me as much time with him as
possible?? I guess I should talk to my vet, but I haven't yet gotten
to the point where I can talk about Patrick without bursting into
I live in the baltimore-washington area, so if anyone knows of a
fabulous specialist in that region (or even a couple hundred
miles of there), I'd hugely appreciate the information.
thank you. -Maggie
Welcome to the group and I'm sorry to hear about Patrick.
Deagan is also an orange and white kitty and I have a special place
in my heart for them!
I'm sure you will get lots of responses, but I would take your
guy to see a cardiologist. There are plenty of treatments and
medications for HCM, and while they may not have been scientifically
proven to reduce the progression of HCM, they certainly don't speed
it up, and they can relieve many of the symptoms of the disease
(reducing murmurs, reversing some hypertrophy etc.) There are also
many andecdotal improvements demonstrated by kitties when they start
their meds. There are many cats on this list who are asymptomatic
who are on medications, Deagan is one of them, and I feel that
treatment is the only way to go. Deagan has never shown any signs
of his heart problem, but he is certainly much more full of beans
now that his takes medications than before them - he now runs up and
down the stairs for fun, usually at about 4 am <g>
Check out the database for the lists' kitties and their meds. (And
all our recent newcomers, please add your kitties to the list!)
In respect to the thyroid issue, hyperT can certainly cause
HCM, but once the thyroid issue is resolved, the HCM will reverse
itself. I'm not sure what sort of time frame this involves, but a
cardiologist would know.
Good luck and keep us updated with Patrick!
jen, deagan and kira the dog