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  • moonsister22
    I m new to this list. My cat Kissy Kat has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I don t think the veterinarian specialist is giving her the
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 2, 2006
      I'm new to this list. My cat Kissy Kat has been diagnosed with
      hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I don't think the veterinarian
      specialist is giving her the correct medication or is not giving her
      enough medication. She's currently on Lotensin, a quarter of a
      tablet once a day. She weighs 4.5 pounds, was always a small but
      chubby cat, Siamese mix about 13 years old. Up until a couple of
      weeks ago she was doing fine. Then I noticed that her food intake
      had decreased. We have a multicat household here. She was a cat
      who would only eat Authority Beef flavor, so I was able to follow
      her intake pretty well although a couple of other cats discovered
      that Kissy was fed on the room divider (a short ledge extending a
      few feet into my living room) and would finish whatever she left
      over.

      At the present time, after seeing the cat specialist and having an
      ultrasound test to confirm the diagnosis, she began going downhill.
      The medication doesn't seem to be doing a thing.

      Her blood pressure tested normal, her kidneys are rather small and
      unevenly shaped, blood values were good though, no renal failure so
      far. But she has no appetite. I'm trying to syringe feed 60cc a
      day or A/D. She has been on the meds for almost a week and is
      getting weaker instead of stronger. Can't go to the litter box so I
      have adult bed pads on her chair and change them frequently.

      Anyone have experience with Lotensin? Anyone have a cat who went
      downhill instead of improved after 6 days on this drug? In humans,
      it's a blood pressure reduction drug but they tell me it works to
      reduce the thickening of the heart chamber wall in cats.

      I have an appointment with the cat specialist's assistant vet this
      afternoon. Would appreciate anyone who has some experience with
      this awful disease posting asap. Thanks.
    • Leah Ferron
      Hello, I m sorry I don t know your name, but I think you should get your cat to the cardiologist ASAP! This doesn t sound right. I don t know what dosages are
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 3, 2006
        Hello,

        I'm sorry I don't know your name, but I think you should get your cat to the cardiologist ASAP! This doesn't sound right. I don't know what dosages are correct for kitties so maybe Kissy Kat isn't getting enough, too much or the wrong drug. Does she have Congestive Heart Failure too? If so, she isn't on anything for that and that could be the problem. There is too little information to go on. I again suggest to go to the vet ASAP! Being to weak to go to the litter box is a real sign of something terribly wrong. Don't wait until the appointment, just go!

        Leah and her cats

        moonsister22 <moonsister22@...> wrote:
        I'm new to this list. My cat Kissy Kat has been diagnosed with
        hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I don't think the veterinarian
        specialist is giving her the correct medication or is not giving her
        enough medication. She's currently on Lotensin, a quarter of a
        tablet once a day. She weighs 4.5 pounds, was always a small but
        chubby cat, Siamese mix about 13 years old. Up until a couple of
        weeks ago she was doing fine. Then I noticed that her food intake
        had decreased. We have a multicat household here. She was a cat
        who would only eat Authority Beef flavor, so I was able to follow
        her intake pretty well although a couple of other cats discovered
        that Kissy was fed on the room divider (a short ledge extending a
        few feet into my living room) and would finish whatever she left
        over.

        At the present time, after seeing the cat specialist and having an
        ultrasound test to confirm the diagnosis, she began going downhill.
        The medication doesn't seem to be doing a thing.

        Her blood pressure tested normal, her kidneys are rather small and
        unevenly shaped, blood values were good though, no renal failure so
        far. But she has no appetite. I'm trying to syringe feed 60cc a
        day or A/D. She has been on the meds for almost a week and is
        getting weaker instead of stronger. Can't go to the litter box so I
        have adult bed pads on her chair and change them frequently.

        Anyone have experience with Lotensin? Anyone have a cat who went
        downhill instead of improved after 6 days on this drug? In humans,
        it's a blood pressure reduction drug but they tell me it works to
        reduce the thickening of the heart chamber wall in cats.

        I have an appointment with the cat specialist's assistant vet this
        afternoon. Would appreciate anyone who has some experience with
        this awful disease posting asap. Thanks.






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      • Brian and Kelly
        We agree...just go! I am totally unfamilar with the medication that Kissy Kat has been put on put can safely say it is not of the popular ones that are spoke
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 3, 2006
          We agree...just go!

          I am totally unfamilar with the medication that Kissy Kat has been
          put on put can safely say it is not of the popular ones that are
          spoke about often in this group.

          I have never heard of a drug that can actually reduce the thickening
          of the heart wall. The usually medical therapy is to thin the blood
          as to ease the stress on a compromised heart but again have heard
          nothing about being able to actually thin and already thickened wall.

          The usual medications for HCM/RCM are Heparin (could be a low
          molecular form of it also such as Fragmin or Lovenox), Enalapril,
          and possibly Aspirin. HCM/RCM usually leads in CHF and then Lasix
          becomes a must. There are mutiple supplements that have also been
          used very effectively by many.

          One drug that I am very aware of that messes a kitties appetite up
          real bad is Digoxin. In reference to Kissy Kat going down hill after
          adding a medication to her sytem, our Johnny did this with Digoxin.
          Any medication that has a high rate of side effect that causes
          appetite loss in a kitty can be very dangerous. As a previous reply
          stated, it is of utmost importance to keep for kitty eating
          well...proper calories with proper nutrition.

          We agree with the earlier reply to get Kissy Kat to a Cardiologist.
          Her symptoms you have posted warrant, we I believe, is immediate
          attention.

          Our thoughts and prayers are with you both!
          Brian and Kelly

          --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "moonsister22"
          <moonsister22@...> wrote:
          >
          > I'm new to this list. My cat Kissy Kat has been diagnosed with
          > hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I don't think the veterinarian
          > specialist is giving her the correct medication or is not giving
          her
          > enough medication. She's currently on Lotensin, a quarter of a
          > tablet once a day. She weighs 4.5 pounds, was always a small but
          > chubby cat, Siamese mix about 13 years old. Up until a couple of
          > weeks ago she was doing fine. Then I noticed that her food intake
          > had decreased. We have a multicat household here. She was a cat
          > who would only eat Authority Beef flavor, so I was able to follow
          > her intake pretty well although a couple of other cats discovered
          > that Kissy was fed on the room divider (a short ledge extending a
          > few feet into my living room) and would finish whatever she left
          > over.
          >
          > At the present time, after seeing the cat specialist and having an
          > ultrasound test to confirm the diagnosis, she began going
          downhill.
          > The medication doesn't seem to be doing a thing.
          >
          > Her blood pressure tested normal, her kidneys are rather small and
          > unevenly shaped, blood values were good though, no renal failure
          so
          > far. But she has no appetite. I'm trying to syringe feed 60cc a
          > day or A/D. She has been on the meds for almost a week and is
          > getting weaker instead of stronger. Can't go to the litter box so
          I
          > have adult bed pads on her chair and change them frequently.
          >
          > Anyone have experience with Lotensin? Anyone have a cat who went
          > downhill instead of improved after 6 days on this drug? In
          humans,
          > it's a blood pressure reduction drug but they tell me it works to
          > reduce the thickening of the heart chamber wall in cats.
          >
          > I have an appointment with the cat specialist's assistant vet this
          > afternoon. Would appreciate anyone who has some experience with
          > this awful disease posting asap. Thanks.
          >
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