- On May 1, 2005, at 6:30 AM, diane wrote:
> Feline Heart List MomHi, Diane,
I just wanted to thank you for having this list. When Tule was
diagnosed 3 years ago with a hole in his heart (he has a grade 6 murmur
-- you can feel it just by holding him), I was pretty distraught, and
had nowhere to turn. Especially since the vet warned me about the high
risk of clot-formation and eventual heart failure, and he was just a
kitten at the time. So I spent a lot of time crying.
Then with Tata diagnosed just a few days ago, and mentioning it on the
TICA list, and having some kind soul there refer me to your list, I
felt like a hand reaching out to save me from drowning.
I'm still pretty bummed out, but it does look like Tata is stabilizing,
and I know cats don't live forever anyway, but I have REALLY
appreciated the folks who have taken the time to write, and the answers
to my questions -- I can't call the vet every 5 minutes, especially on
I've included pictures of Tata and Tule -- I tried to upload them to
Yahoo, but couldn't do it.
Can they be sent to the list as is?
Thanks and hugs,
Tule in a Tree -- Tule is a Chausie, which is a breed being developed
from the South Asian Jungle Cat (Felis Chaus) -- he's an F3, which
means that he has one great-grandparent who is a Jungle Cat. Otherwise,
he's a mixture of Oriental Shorthair, Aby and Bengal. He is tall and
elegant, and people have told me he looks like a little cougar. He has
the sweetest, most loving and companionable personality.
TICA (The International Cat Association) Mid-Pacific Regional Winner,
Supreme Grand Master TTFN Kusoshiri as a kitten. TTFN stands for Ta Ta
For Now -- because I couldn't think of a name for her!! :-)
Tata as an adult. She's a feral rescue -- the litter was found and
brought to the humane society when they were about 2 weeks old and were
then hand raised and bottle fed. The brother died immediately, and the
sister was brain-damaged and had to be put down when it became obvious
that she was not going to adapt. We thought Tata would be OK, and she
HAS been OK for 4 years -- a very sweet, gentle, rather quiet cat. In
retrospect, I think that her quietness was probably a sign of her
advancing heart disease, but she didn't appear to be suffering until
just last Thursday.
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