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  • edaellis
    Hello, 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
    Message 1 of 115 , Oct 6, 2004
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      Hello,

      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
      for work.

      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
    • Elfinmyst
      Hi there I 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
      Message 115 of 115 , May 7 2:23 PM
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        Hi there

        I 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
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