- I recently sent details of my cat Chloe who has developed acute
heart problems and is now on Fortekor and Fusol. I have 2 cats, both
sought help from me as stray kittens, some 11 years ago. Chloe and
Sophie have had identical lifestyle patterns and are in effect house
cats, female and spayed. They do not mix with neigbourhood cats
other than to chase them away ie. into the next garden.
Both cats had the 6 monthly essential vaccinations (prescribed and
recommended by the local vet)
Chloe did not take kindly to her vaccination and showed increasing
symptoms of being 'battered' after the event, being completely 'off
colour'.I noticed that after each vets visit she became worse, so I
decided( against the vets protestations) to cease any further
vaccinations. This was some 4 years ago.
Chloe has now developed acute heart failure(vets diagnosis) and I
feel that she could have had probable heart weakness which was
causing the post vaccination condition explained above. I know that
both cats hearts were not checked prior to injections being carried
out. As both cats are otherwise healthy, could it be that the
vaccinations have contributed to Chloe's present condition?
I do think that in view of the current debate over vaccination our
experience with Chloe could re-inforce the anti-vaccination
Thanks for listening
- --- gerald7983 <geb.huxley@...> wrote:
> I recently sent details of my cat Chloe who hasvaccinations
> developed acute
> heart problems and is now on Fortekor and Fusol. I
> have 2 cats, both
> sought help from me as stray kittens, some 11 years
> ago. > Both cats had the 6 monthly essential
> (prescribed and6 monthly? Is this a UK thing?
> recommended by the local vet)
> Chloe did not take kindly to her vaccination and
> showed increasing
> symptoms of being 'battered' after the event, being
> completely 'off
> Chloe has now developed acute heart failure(vetsI can't remember if hyperT has been ruled out as Chloe
> feel that she could have had probable heart weaknessThe most detailed explanation for the current thinking
> which was
> causing the post vaccination condition explained
> above. I know that
> both cats hearts were not checked prior to
> injections being carried
> out. As both cats are otherwise healthy, could it be
> that the
> vaccinations have contributed to Chloe's present
on the cause of primary idiopathis (not caused by
hyperT) feline HCM that I have found is below:
"The cause of primary or idiopathic hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats is unknown, although a
genetic basis or predisposition is likely in some
cases. The disease appears to be highly prevalent in
certain bloodlines of several breeds. Most cases of
HCM in people are familial, and several specific
abnormalities of genes for myocardial proteins have
been identified in different kindreds. In addition to
mutations of genes that encode for myocardial
contractile or regulatory proteins, postulated causes
of the disease include an increased myocardial
sensitivity to or excessive production of
catecholamines; an abnormal hypertrophic response to
myocardial ischemic, fibrosis, or trophic factors; a
primary collagen abnormality; or abnormalities of the
myocardial calcium handling process. Some cats with
HCM have high serum growth hormone concentrations."
Dr. Wendy Ware wrote the above. Here is a link to her
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> As both cats are otherwise healthy, could it be that theAs Susan indicated in her response, nobody can answer the question
> vaccinations have contributed to Chloe's present condition?
because the cause of HCM is currently unknown (not counting cats
with hyperT), though there does seem to be mounting evidence that
there could be a genetic component in some cases.
So I'm afraid the jury is out until studies are done. Anything you
might have heard about vaccinations causing HCM is in the realm of
guesswork at this time with no scientific evidence to back it up.
As far as vaccinating kitties with HCM/RCM, Bill suggested that I
ask this question on Vet Cafe. I've received two answers - one
which basically said it's a tricky question and to vaccinate
according to what the cats needs, and that in some places rabies
vaccinations are mandatory. Another one said that he wouldn't
vaccinate cats in CHF, especially if their vaccinations had been up
to date previously, but that he would vaccinate asymptomatic cats or
cats with mild HCM as per the current vaccination guidelines.
Hopefully more vets will chime in. I'm seeing my own vet tomorrow
and will ask her for her opinion (and if I remember, will ask about
catnip - that's come up a few times).