Re: [FH] Patches
I'm so sorry to hear about Patches. I also had a Maine Coon cat, Pepper who
recently passed. I had another one that passed on a few years back.
Stanley also had a clot and was paralyzed. Both had heart disease. It's so
sad that it runs in such a great breed. They're very sweet and sociable
I agree with Leah's advice. If there's any concern, you should get an
echocardiogram done by a veterinary cardiologist or an internist who has
experience with heart disease. The test may be expensive but knowing if he
has heart disease could give you the opportunity to treat him with
medication to slow the onset of the disease and prevent further distress for
your family. It also costs far less than an emergency visit.
If you have any other questions, please let us know.
Sue & Angel Pepper
----- Original Message -----
From: "SMSchilp" <SMSchilp@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:02 PM
Subject: [FH] Patches
> I'm new to the group and just lost our family cat, Patches on Friday
> due to a heart condition. We never even knew he had it. We adopted
> him 10 years ago from an animal shelter along with his brother. The
> vets have always told us he was part Manecoon (sp?). On Friday, he
> apparently had some sort of a heart attack and had a blood clot travel
> down his legs which became paralyzed. After several hours at the ER
> with a poor prognosis, we made the awful decision to put him to sleep.
> Our whole family was there with him (three kids and my husband) and we
> all had the chance to say good-bye and love/kiss him. We just could
> not bear to have him in pain if there was no hope for a recovery, which
> the doctor told us was not. I had never heard of heart problems in
> cats but the doctor said it was common for this breed. I'm now worried
> about his brother, who does not appear to have any Manecoon in him, but
> still... Does anyone have any advice as to our other pet? Diet?
> Preventive meds/vitamins? Thanks for listening. It's been a rough
> couple of days.