My 18 and 1/2 year old kitty, Mr. America, is HyperT (diagnosed in
March 2004) and is in the early stages of CRF (diagnosed in
August 2004). Ami saw a specialist yesterday because he is not
eating on his own. He takes cypro daily and I still have to assist
him sometimes. He had alot of tests as well as an ultrasound of
his heart and abdomen. The results:
Cardiac changes-subaortic stenosis and ventricular thickening.
Ami's heart is normal in size, all the chambers are normal in size
but the tubes (for lack of a better word) that pump the blood in
and out are thickening and the one that is connected from the
aorta is kind of knobby looking so his blood flow throughout his
body is affected. Normally they see an increase in the
heart's cavity when you see this type of thickening but Ami
doesn't have that which is a good thing but it's also strange. The
thickening, the specialist feels,is a result of his hyperthyroidism.
I believe the increased heart rate is due to the lowered dosage
of methimazole. His dosage was lowered two weeks ago from
2.5mg daily to 1.25 mg daily to see if the methamazole was
causing his inappetance.
His heart was beating really fast this morning so I increased his
methimazole dosage to 2.5mg and he was fine by the time I left
Aside from the methimazole, Ami is currently taking 3/8 of a
tablet of cyproheptadine (appetite stimulant)once a day and 1/4
tablet of pepcid ac (for tummy acid) EOD and 1 tablespoon of
chicken liver EOD (he's boderline anemic).
The specialist and I will speak again on thursday when the rest
of his test results come back.She assures me that Ami is not in
any type of heart failure but that it will be a delicate balance
between controlling his hyperT so that his heart rate slows down
(given that it is his hyperT that is causing the increased heart
rate) but also ensuring that his heart is pumping sufficient blood
to the kidneys to keep them functioning properly. He may also
need to take medication for the thickening (i forgot to ask what
kind-I am clueless about feline heart disease but plan on being
an expert by this time next week) but we'll await all of his results
before we proceed further.
Do any of you have experience with this type of heart problem?
Any suggestions or info is welcome.
Thanks and sorry this is so long,
Eda and Ami
- Hi thereI am sorry to hear of your little girl and fully agree she is stressed and that made her loss of bladder control. If you want to bring in another ask the vet's advice, it takes time and patience and the other stray must be tested for leukaemia and feline AIDS too as well as treated and vaccinated, flead and wormed. Heart valves leaking is a condition a few of mine have and it doesn't affect their playing or having fun. But mine were raised with many cats, yours is a single and frightened girl. If you want to take the stray, do it gently and with advice from a behavourist but it sometimes fails to work.Lyn