Re: [FH] enlarged heart/fluid around heart
I agree with Leah about being concerned about his symptoms. I've also never
heard of a fever associated with heart disease. When my girl first went to
the vet with congestive heart failure, they told me that she either had
pneumonia or cancer. All three look a lot alike on x-rays and that was a
vet with little experience with heart disease. If a vet doesn't have
experience, they could make some very wrong guesses that could have very
serious consequences. I'm very lucky my girl is still with me due to just
If your cat has heart disease, then it sounds like he's in congestive heart
failure (CHF). CHF is a symptom of heart disease. The heart cannot keep up
with the blood and fluid coming through because both halves of the heart can
no longer push through the same capacity. The body compensates by leaching
the backed up fluid either into the lungs or the chest cavity. The pressure
of that fluid (the congestion) prevents the lungs and heart from functioning
properly (the failure).
If a cat has CHF then he needs to be on diuretics and heart medications to
slow down his heart and allow it to work more effectively. If the CHF is
bad, then he should be on IV diuretics and on oxygen.
He does need to eat. If a cat doesn't eat for a couple days - especially if
they tend to be overweight - then they're at risk for hepatic lipidoses
(fatty liver disease) which can be fatal in itself. As Leah said, please
check out the Feline Assisted Feeding Yahoo group -
If you don't know where there's an emergency vet in your area, look for one
here - http://www.pets911.com/services/emergency/index.php
My girl has both heart disease and asthma and she always does that
exaggerated swallowing. Nobody can explain it. Her cardiologist says he
thinks it's a symptom of asthma but I really think it's somehow associated
with the heart disease. As it's gotten worse, so has the swallowing. Her
asthma is stable without medication.
Keep an eye on his respiration. A normal rate is around 20-35 or
thereabouts. Watch how often he breathes when he's resting / not purring.
That may be difficult if he's upset or in pain since that will make it
faster. Also watch how much his sides move in & out. If that increases,
then it might be time for the emergency vet.
Hang in there - we're all behind you!
----- Original Message -----
From: "rockkn2" <rockkn2@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 5:26 PM
Subject: [FH] enlarged heart/fluid around heart
> Hi all,
> I have a 7 month old male that started showing signs of illness two
> days ago. He became listless and went off of his food and also
> appeared to become more sensitive to touch. He would alternate
> between tolerating our stroking to jumping and running off,
> attempting to hide, and looking as though he was in pain. We took
> him to the vet yesterday and he had a fever, so the vet gave him an
> injection of Baytril and put him on Clavamox. Last night, he
> started making exaggerated swallowing motions and had an occasional
> tic. We took him back into the vet this morning and he still had a
> fever of 104 degrees. Following an x-ray, the vet found that either
> his heart was enlarged or he had fluid surrounding the heart. We
> did a complete blood workup, but due to the holiday, we will not
> have the results until late Tuesday or early Wednesday. He remains
> listless, sleeping most of the time.
> At this point, I am trying to keep him as comfortable as possible,
> and keeping him hydrated. He will drink a little water, and eats
> very little, just a bite or two when offered. I'm worried sick
> about this guy and would appreciate any information that anyone can
- Hi Robin, I have a 2 1/2 year old kitty with a severley enlarged
heart. One thing I have noticed since he was a kitten, he has had
several fevers. The major one was after his 2nd rabies shot (the one
after they give as a baby). He got really sick and had a fever of
105. The doctors couldn't figure out why this happened and I totally
associate it with his heart disease. He wasn't diagnoised at the
time. He got better for a couple of days after spending 3 days in the
hospital with fluid. When he came home the fever shot up again and he
got really tired and didn't want to move. They ended up giving him
prednizone which, come to find out now, is terrible for heart kitties.
After about 2 weeks of this he finally got better. If your kitty has
heart disease I believe it's very possible for other things to make
him sick as well. Pharo has been sort of sickly all his short life.
If your kitty has HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy -enlarged heart) he
was probably born with it...like my little guy. Anyway, I hope this
helps. Go get your baby checked out by a Cardiologist and have and
ultrasound done. Don't take any chances because this disease can be
controlled to a certain extent. Pharo was just diagnosed in August
with HCM. As a kitten they told me he had a grade 2 heart murmur, but
not to worry about it...but now he is severe, so it can progress fast.
Good luck with your baby...you've come to the right place!
Andrea & Pharo