RE: [feline-heart] Introducing... Malcolm
- be careful with the garlic...it can cause stomach side effects and other
gastrointestinal malaise....it does in humans too....it sounds like you and
Malcolm have made it thru the tough part.....glad things are better for both
of you....happy easter!
linda and the boys
From: gea@... [mailto:gea@...]
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2001 11:16 PM
Subject: [feline-heart] Introducing... Malcolm
Hello. I am so happy to have found this list.
My 10-year old kitty, Malcolm, has just been diagnosed with HCM. He
had been coughing more and more for the past month--we went through a
couple of rounds of antibiotics, thinking it was asthma, and finally
were referred to a wonderful specialist who did an X-ray and saw that
his right lung was full of fluid or even partially collapsed. It was
so hard to believe, since except for the coughing, he was acting just
fine. So I decided against the tracheal wash, since it would have been
extra risky in our situation in favor of seeing if Lasix might help
over the weekend in case it was congestive heart failure.
Monday morning's x-ray showed his lungs clear! And the coughing has
stopped and he is playing and more energetic, climbing up his tower,
dragging all his favorite toys over to his food bowl, etc. He's on
Lasix & Atenolol for a good long time. I am so grateful I can't even
say. I prayed over the weekend for him to live and the specialist said
he'll probably live a near normal lifespan. My regular vet, who I
talked with today, was a little more guarded about prognosis, but
still positive. They have both said the first 30 days are the riskiest
in terms of the fluid reappearing or of him throwing a clot.
I'd be interested to know more about prognosis--how long cats with HCM
typically live, any other things I might do to extend his life or make
him more comfortable when problems arise.
Has anyone tried garlic or vitamin E as an alternative to aspirin as
Anyway, I have just been so happy all week after the good news on
Monday nothing could ruin my mood! Even though I work in the hospice
field and have been through two family deaths, I wasn't prepared for
how sad I'd be thinking about the possibility of Malcolm's life being
over soon. Anyway, hello to all, I'll try to post a photo--not sure
how to do that yet.
Gail & Malcolm
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- Thanks, Linda, that's good to know. Actually, I can't get him to eat
it, even half a tablet in his favorite canned tuna--oh well, next
--- In feline-heart@y..., "Mike & Linda Irrgang" <irrgang@a...> wrote:
> be careful with the garlic...it can cause stomach side effects and
> gastrointestinal malaise....it does in humans too....it sounds like
> Malcolm have made it thru the tough part.....glad things are better
> of you....happy easter!
> linda and the boys
- Thanks, so much, Laura, for the encouragement. Cats are simply amazing
in how well they continue to function with a number of problems.
That's great Kassey's heart measurements actually improved! I didn't
know that could happen. Malcolm seems to be doing great on the Lasix
and Atenolol, back to his spry and talktative self. I am so much more
appreciative of every day now!
--- In feline-heart@y..., "Laura Penny" <lepenny@e...> wrote:
> Hi Gail,
> Here's some hope for you.
> I've had three cats with HCM. Can you believe it? They're not even
> The first we didn't know anything about treating it and were so
> wrapped up in treating her kidneys that no vets even suggested heart
> meds. She had a series of clots and her kidneys failed in what was
> apparently an autoimmune problem.
> Now, the good news.
> Lucky and Kassy are both nearly 17. In 1/98, 6 months after Annie
> died, Kassy was breathing rapidly one night. Turned out she had mild
> to moderate HCM. She's been on diltiazem ever since. Despite HCM,
> mild CRF, hypertension, hyperthyroidism (not from the HCM), and
> arthritis, she jumps up and down and is very active.
> Just for the hell of it, we did a screening echo on Lucky that same
> month. Turned out she had HCM, too. She also has mild CRF,
> hypertension, and arthritis, along with serious IBD, and she's had
> diabetes twice. She's happy and has an excellent quality of life.
> Kassy's heart measurements, including her septum and left atrium,
> have improved. Lucky's were stable for a long time and have only
> recently gotten a teeny bit worse.
> I hope Malcolm does as well. Heart disease can be very scary, but
> many cats can live a very long time with it.