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  • jamiya0727
    Hi all. I posted a while back when my cat (13 years old) was first diagnosed with a murmur. He had an echo done in December with this result from the
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 27, 2004
      Hi all. I posted a while back when my cat (13 years old) was first
      diagnosed with a murmur. He had an echo done in December with this
      result from the cardiologist:

      She said the heart murmur is a stage 4 murmur. He has "left
      ventricular hypertrophy (idiopathic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)"
      and also mentioned mitral valve regurgitation. She said the left
      atrium is not enlarged. The septum is thickened. There were also
      some arrhythmias, but not too frequently.

      She prescribed atenolol 25 mg 1/4 tablet twice daily, and enalapril
      2.5 mg 1/2 tablet once daily.


      We went to the regular vet a week later for a blood test to check
      his kidneys. The values were fine. The murmur was quieter. The
      cardiologist was consulted and told us to raise the atenolol to 1/2
      tablet twice daily and continue the enalapril as prescribed. He has
      been on these doses since then.

      While he was asymptomatic all along, he does seem a bit more playful
      to me than he was before. He seems to be doing fine.

      But he looks skinny to me. I weighed him (standing on the scale
      with and without him and taking the difference) but he weighs the
      same as he did at the vet before all of this started. Unless my
      scale is not very accurate.

      I called and asked the cardiologist and she said appetite loss could
      be a symptom of kidney problems, but that should have shown up in
      the blood test.

      I watch him closely and he eats his food, although usually there is
      some left when I go to feed him again.

      Last night he was lying on my chest while I watched a movie, and I
      could hear his breathing. He sounded sort of congested, but
      not "wet". I normally can't hear the cats breathe. Also, sometimes
      when he tries to hiss (at the dog), he will start coughing like he
      is trying to clear a hairball. He hasn't been troubled with
      hairballs for a long time and he never actually hacks one up when he
      is "coughing." I know coughing is a sign of heart disease in people
      and dogs, but I thought cats didn't typically do that?

      I have tried to get Patches on a raw diet, with no success. He is
      still eating his dry CNM UR Formula. Perhaps I should at least try
      to get him on a better kibble. I tried to get him on canned
      Wellness as a transitionary step between kibble and raw, but he
      wouldn't touch it (my other cat eats it, but she won't eat raw
      either).

      Thanks for any help you can give me. Patches was my very first baby.


      Jamiya
    • brinkett
      ... sometimes ... he ... people ... You may want to take him to your regular vet to have a chest X-ray done, just to make sure his lungs are clear. Coughing
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 27, 2004
        > Last night he was lying on my chest while I watched a movie, and I
        > could hear his breathing. He sounded sort of congested, but
        > not "wet". I normally can't hear the cats breathe. Also,
        sometimes
        > when he tries to hiss (at the dog), he will start coughing like he
        > is trying to clear a hairball. He hasn't been troubled with
        > hairballs for a long time and he never actually hacks one up when
        he
        > is "coughing." I know coughing is a sign of heart disease in
        people
        > and dogs, but I thought cats didn't typically do that?

        You may want to take him to your regular vet to have a chest X-ray
        done, just to make sure his lungs are clear. Coughing and noisy
        breathing could indicate that he has developed some fluid.

        Sarah.
      • jamiya0727
        Follow-up to my original post: I called the vet on Friday and told her my concerns. She didn t seem concerned. She said if the wheezey breathing comes and
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 2, 2004
          Follow-up to my original post:

          I called the vet on Friday and told her my concerns. She didn't
          seem concerned. She said if the wheezey breathing comes and goes
          (and doesn't last too long) and he doesn't seem to be laboring, then
          he is fine for now. She didn't think a chest x-ray or Lasix are
          necessary unless he starts wheezing more often. She was going to
          get in touch with the heart specialist and run it by her and call me
          the next day, though, and she never called. The heart vet is hard
          to get in touch with sometimes, so she probably is still trying to
          reach her.

          I also mentioned to her how he seems jumpy and asked if his meds
          could be doing that, and she said it's possible. She was going to
          ask the heart vet about that as well.


          Jamiya


          > But he looks skinny to me. I weighed him (standing on the scale
          > with and without him and taking the difference) but he weighs the
          > same as he did at the vet before all of this started. Unless my
          > scale is not very accurate.

          > Last night he was lying on my chest while I watched a movie, and I
          > could hear his breathing. He sounded sort of congested, but
          > not "wet". I normally can't hear the cats breathe. Also,
          sometimes
          > when he tries to hiss (at the dog), he will start coughing like he
          > is trying to clear a hairball. He hasn't been troubled with
          > hairballs for a long time and he never actually hacks one up when
          he
          > is "coughing." I know coughing is a sign of heart disease in
          people
          > and dogs, but I thought cats didn't typically do that?
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