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  • joanne3151
    Hi It s my first time on here this morning just came across the site whilst looking for more information. I have a 2 cats who have just turned 1 years old &
    Message 1 of 46 , Aug 4, 2004
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      Hi

      It's my first time on here this morning just came across the site
      whilst looking for more information.

      I have a 2 cats who have just turned 1 years old & are brothers.
      They are Colourpointed Britsh Shorthairs. Barney was diagnosed with
      a heart mumur at 5 months of age, I was given the option by my
      regular vet to wait & see if he out grew it or go & see a
      cardiorespiratory specialist, which I opt'd for. He did an ECG
      etc... & was quite positive on the future.

      However Barney was a little off colour one day so I took him to see
      my vet, who gave him an anti-inflammatory jab, the following morning
      I got up to find he couldn't breathe so I took him straight down to
      the vets who put him straight into a oxygen tent & sent me away.
      They contact the cardio specialist who wanted to see him but as
      Barney wasn't stable enough the vet wouldn't risk it. In the end I
      decided to risk it & took him over, luckily he isn't too far away.
      He said he thought the anti-inflamatory jab had caused it & the next
      24 hours would be crucial.

      48 hours later I brought him home & he was on medication, this was
      back in May.

      Last week I took him back to see how he was doing & they did another
      heart scan.. The cardio specialst is really pleased with his
      progress & has stopped all medication. He has been diagnosed with
      mild HCM.

      I am really concerned he isn't on any medication but the specialist
      said as it is only mild any medication at this stage will not help.
      The other good news is his mumur has disappeared although he said he
      might develop a different one in time.

      I just wanted to share my story with some of you & I'm thankful I
      found you
    • Ellen
      Hi all, I just found out about this group. I have a 2 year old Maine Coon diagnosed with HCM. SO far she doesn t need medication but I have to get her checked
      Message 46 of 46 , Apr 15, 2011
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        Hi all,

        I just found out about this group. I have a 2 year old Maine Coon diagnosed with HCM. SO far she doesn't need medication but I have to get her checked out twice a year. I lost my 14 year old Maine Coon to undiagnosed HCM so I am being extra careful now. I look forward to being a part of the group.

        Ellen
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