Re: Pulmonary Edema Questions.
> I know what pulmonary edema is and how it effects cats. The reasonI
> am posting tonight is to hopefully learn from somebody's firsthand
> experience on how to care for a cat with such a health problemHas your cat had an ultrasound? And as someone else has already
suggested, has your cat seen a cardiologist?
> Can a cat bounce back toYes, if the cat is on the right medications, but if by "normal" you
> normal after developing Pulmonary Edema.
mean "cured", then the answer is no. If your cat has pulmonary
edema because of a heart problem, then your cat is in congestive
heart failure which is a chronic condition. The symptoms can be
controlled using medication, however,
> Oh, and does the method ofInto what? :-) If you're using medicated treats or liquid
> administering heart medicine into the work?
suspensions, they work. There is still some controversy over
whether transdermal gels work.
> Also, do cats stop using litter boxes when they are sick? Is acat's
> behavior pattern altered after illness. Our kitty has change a lotThey can, but if they're being treated successfully they should act
> since falling ill.
pretty "normal". It sounds like she's probably been feeling crappy
for at least a month though, so give the meds some time to kick in.
You should have a followup with your vet to check her kidney and
electrolyte values after she's been on the heart medication for a
week or so. You should bring up the behaviour changes to the vet if
she's still "off".
And ideally, as already mentioned, you should be making an
appointment with a cardiologist or internal specialist if you
haven't done so already.