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Re: [FH] Re: Recently diagnosed with RCM

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  • lclarizia@aol.com
    In a message dated 12/30/2004 6:46:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, ... That sounds painfully familiar. ... Sarah s advice was excellent -- and it sounds like you
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2004
      In a message dated 12/30/2004 6:46:38 PM Eastern Standard Time,
      neysa423@... writes:

      > Believe me - all I've done is watch this cat breathe since I brought
      > her home from the hospital a few weeks ago! :-)

      That sounds painfully familiar.

      > She's a fairly quick, shallow breather with her lungs clear, but
      > still in the 30ish range/minute. She saw her regular vet the other
      > day and the cardiologist yesterday, neither of whom thought her
      > respiration unusual and said she sounded clear. I've gotten into the
      > habit of "feeling" her lungs while she breathes - I figure if I can
      > feel them crackling then we're most definitely in trouble.

      Sarah's advice was excellent -- and it sounds like you are doing just that.
      Sometimes it's very small clues which let us know a crisis is in progress, and
      you can't always go by respiration rates. During Baby Boy's last crisis his
      rate was the same as it has been, but he was really "pulling" his chest in
      when he breathed. Well, 120 mls of fluid between the lungs and the pleura will
      do that. Another clue for him is that his head will move when he inhales --
      but this is just him, it may not apply to your cat at all.

      The breathing patterns and rates can change over time. When Baby Boy was
      first diagnosed, four months ago he was breathing around 36 breaths per minute
      while awake, 32 when asleep. Then he started his meds and went to 32 awake, 28
      asleep. Then he started some NEW meds and went to 28 awake, 24 asleep. How,
      while still on the same meds he has gone down to 20 awake, 16 asleep which is
      the same as his adult brother cat (the kitten is useless as a control, they
      breath faster anyway). So, be prepared for some changes -- you also have to
      look at them in context with the cat's behavior as a whole. Over time, you will
      get very, very good at knowing when there is a problem, even if it's not
      obvious to anyone else, even a vet, and nine times out of ten you will be right in
      thinking there might be a problem. Early intervention is better than waiting
      for a full-blown crisis. It can mean the difference between just upping the
      diuretics temporarily or having to have a chest tap.


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