For Kimberly: RCM and Burmese cats
- For some reason, Kimberly never receives any emails I send, so I'm
replying to her email here. She had asked me about Morag, who died
of RCM almost two years ago. Morag was Burmese, and Q-tip, who has
RCM, is also Burmese, so she wondered about a potential link between
RCM and Burmese cats. Here is my reply:
Morag's story is similar to
Q-tip's. As the story said, we noticed Morag was
breathing quickly, but we initially we put it down to
the hot, humid weather at the time. Apart from that,
she looked and behaved fine. We were completely
shocked when we took her in for her annual exam and
were told that not only did she have heart disease,
but was already in CHF.
Also, like Q-tip, she was initially diagnosed with
HCM. The cardiologist, who did another echo, changed
the diagnosis to RCM. The cardio said she'd only ever
seen one other heart like Morag's in her entire
career, and guess what? It was also in a Burmese cat.
So I've been convinced since then that there's a link
between RCM and Burmese cats. Someone will have to
study it--it could be just one bad hereditary line, or
maybe there's something about them that predisposes
them to RCM. Who knows?
Yes, Morag hated taking her pills. We also compounded
her medications, but we were told by the cardiologist
that heart medication shouldn't be given using
transdermal gels because there are no supporting
studies to say that the gels work. My regular vet
concurred. So we changed over to compounded treats,
which Morag loved. We kept around some of the gel for
those times when she temporarily lost her appetite,
but that was just a stop-gap measure until she'd eat
the treats again. So you may want to consider
switching over to compounded treats, or even trying
I'm sorry to hear that Q-tip has RCM. Feel free to ask
me any questions about my experience with Morag.
And if you find out anything more about a connection
between Burmese cats and RCM, I'd love to hear it.
Maybe we can get someone interested in studying it.
Breeders of Burmese cats should be made more aware,
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