Re: enlarged heart/fluid around heart
- 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