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  • Dawn Jarocki
    Our cat, Cat, was just diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy. The vet said it was severly advanced and gave her weeks to months to live. We have brought
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 2 7:12 AM
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      Our cat, Cat, was just diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy. The
      vet said it was severly advanced and gave her "weeks to months" to live.
      We have brought her home and although she seems happy to be home she
      is much more lethargic and very thin. Plus she is eating almost
      constantly and I have not seen her use the restroom in the past 15
      hours (both of these are unusual for her.)
      We really want her to enjoy whatever time she has left (hopefully more
      than less). I think my husband and I are both so afraid to break her
      that we are tip-toeing around her, speaking hardly in a whisper and
      neither of us have been able to sleep. In fact, last night when she
      decided not to move from her spot on the livingroom floor, we both
      climbed out of bed individually and set up our own make-shift beds
      around her. I think maybe she can't jump anymore because where she
      used to jump now she just looks up and then looks at me. Should I lift
      her up? Will jumping up or down, or walking up stairs, hurt her?

      Cat is really the heart of our relationship. We owe her at least half
      the love she has shown us (cuddling with us when we were in pain or
      sad, sleeping curled around my head on nights when I was stressed from
      school, following my husband around giving him cat kisses and watching
      after him as if he were her kitten.)

      Can anyone offer us advice on what to expect and how we can make her
      last days more joyful and more in number?
    • nala_zq
      Dear Dawn, I am sorry to learn about Cat. Did she see a veterinary cardiologist or internist who performed an echocardiogram? Is she in heart failure and if
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 2 5:39 PM
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        Dear Dawn,

        I am sorry to learn about Cat.

        Did she see a veterinary cardiologist or internist
        who performed an echocardiogram? Is she
        in heart failure and if so, is she taking any
        medicine? Which ones? Normally a cat
        in heart failure will be given lasix to help
        prevent the fluid accumulation that
        accompanies heart failure. Many times
        if the fluid is reduced, the cat will become
        more active.

        RCM cats are also at risk for blood clots
        and are usually put on a med like
        aspirin, plavix, low molecular weight
        heparin or the over-the-counter supplement,
        nattokinase.

        Leah's cat Alex had RCM and I am sure she
        will tell you what all she did for her heart
        kitty. Kimberly's Q-tip also had RCM and
        she might also chime in. Both kitties
        outlived their vet's prognosis.

        Eating constantly can be a sign of hyperthyroidism,
        especially when combined with weight loss.
        Heart disease can also contribute to muscle
        wasting and weight loss.

        Many here give their kitties supplements such
        as taurine, carnitine, fish oil and coenzymeQ10.
        I am sure Leah can tell you more about that
        if you are interested

        My cat had a different heart disease, but
        I tried to treat her as normally as possible.
        It helped us both.

        Best,

        Nala




        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Dawn Jarocki" <fairweathersurfer@...> wrote:
        >
        > Our cat, Cat, was just diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy. The
        > vet said it was severly advanced and gave her "weeks to months" to live.
        > We have brought her home and although she seems happy to be home she
        > is much more lethargic and very thin. Plus she is eating almost
        > constantly and I have not seen her use the restroom in the past 15
        > hours (both of these are unusual for her.)
        > We really want her to enjoy whatever time she has left (hopefully more
        > than less). I think my husband and I are both so afraid to break her
        > that we are tip-toeing around her, speaking hardly in a whisper and
        > neither of us have been able to sleep. In fact, last night when she
        > decided not to move from her spot on the livingroom floor, we both
        > climbed out of bed individually and set up our own make-shift beds
        > around her. I think maybe she can't jump anymore because where she
        > used to jump now she just looks up and then looks at me. Should I lift
        > her up? Will jumping up or down, or walking up stairs, hurt her?
        >
        > Cat is really the heart of our relationship. We owe her at least half
        > the love she has shown us (cuddling with us when we were in pain or
        > sad, sleeping curled around my head on nights when I was stressed from
        > school, following my husband around giving him cat kisses and watching
        > after him as if he were her kitten.)
        >
        > Can anyone offer us advice on what to expect and how we can make her
        > last days more joyful and more in number?
        >
      • elfinmyst@aol.com
        Hi Dawn I am also sorry to hear about Cat. A lot of cats here were given weeks/months to live and outlived their diagnosis. My own Trixi was given two months
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 3 3:13 AM
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          Hi Dawn

          I am also sorry to hear about Cat. A lot of cats here were given
          weeks/months to live and outlived their diagnosis. My own Trixi was given two months
          when she was only 3 months old, and she just past her first birthday. I put that
          down to the treatment and the supplements.

          What treatment is Cat on and how old is she? Did she having a thyroid test,
          as like Nala says, hyperthyroidism causes excess eating, weight loss and also
          contributes to heart disease. Some cats go into a 'heart remission' if the
          thyroid is treated and the heart conditions improves. If you haven't had this
          test, please consider it. It's just a blood test.

          My thoughts and prayers are with you and your newly diagnosed kitty.

          Lyn

          www.furkids-uk.com






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        • Janie
          Im sorry about Cat. BUT I have had three cats now to have this and they were given less than a year. One went 5. So throw that out of your head. Next the issue
          Message 4 of 4 , Sep 3 7:53 AM
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            Im sorry about Cat. BUT I have had three cats now to have this and they
            were given less than a year. One went 5. So throw that out of your
            head. Next the issue you have of hurting her I had with my little
            Trampster. She was 6 pounds in her healthy state a little fisty runt
            who could take on the biggest cat. She was told she had this at 13 yrs
            old. I put her on antenole and 1/4 baby asprin ea three days. I later
            dropped the asprin as it made her sick. We did take the heart pill ea
            day and she lived to be 17 and it did get her in the end. I was very
            lucky. My usband was so afraid to pick her up as she was down to 4
            pounds. I put steps for her. She was such an active cat tell the last
            two weeks and still she tried to do it all her self. Lucky for me she
            always wanted me to be with her up to the end. I took the plastic
            containers you store things in and filled them with stuff and she could
            climb in bed I put a pillow on them a real flat one. I made sure she
            could get in her favorite places and a little help she didnt know I put
            it for her. I dont know how sick your Kitty is but it sounds if your
            vet has not given her meds. Cat will need some meds if your vet cant
            do it you need to try to find a specialist who will do and ultra sound
            and get Cat on something to help. It may or may not be to late but she
            may not be eating as of fluid build up in that case Cat needs lasix or
            she just may be weak and the beta blockers help. Good luck its hard but
            there is meds and they all dont die that fast. Mine lived a full life
            tell the end. I had three I went through and this group will keep you
            informed more than the vet. Janie
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