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Jake and His Challenges

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  • goneaussie4ever
    Hi All, I posted a few days ago about my cat but kept things short and detail free so as to not take up your time. Two of you have have asked for our names
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 30, 2008
      Hi All,

      I posted a few days ago about my cat but kept things short and detail
      free so as to not take up your time. Two of you have have asked for
      our names and our stories so here goes.

      Back in May of 2007 I moved to a tiny apartment in Texas with very
      bad air conditioning. Shortly thereafter Jake, the best black cat in
      the whole wide world (who, me, biased?), started tummy push
      breathing. The vet told me that was a normal reaction for cats not
      used to the heat it should pass when the weather breaks. Flash
      forward to the last week of October 2007 Jake is still tummy push
      breathing and not eating....back to the vets we go. The first vet
      says there is nothing wrong. The second vet says asthma, the third
      vet said FIV (despite my showing her a long reccord of FIV
      immunizations), the fourth vet said he didn't know what was
      wrong "lets put the cat down in the morning....or I suppose you could
      take him to a specialist but that will be really expensive and your
      cat will likely have to take lots of pills"....Flash forward to
      today. My cat sees a cardiologist. He has been diagnosed with heart
      failure (EKG's and sonagrams out the yingyang). I can't remember the
      vet specifying which kind of heart failure, though he did say Jake
      has problems on both sides of his heart, his heart is ridicously
      enlarged (and getting large), and it is only pumping about 20% of
      what it should. Jake builds up fluid in his abdomen that we regularly
      get drained. Jake takes Atenolol, Vetmeddin, Enalapril, Lasik, and
      Spironalactone in the morning....he takes everyhing accept the
      Atenolol in the evening. The recent addition of the spironalactone
      has really helped with the fluid control (well I think so, the vet
      disagrees, but his fluid build up dropped dramatically two weeks
      after starting the new drug). Jake's appetite is strong and his
      attitude is generally good. Jake has a weird preference for diet food
      and recently started refusing anything with fish oil on/in it (sigh).
      I'll try again soon, maybe it is just another picky phase.

      We go in to see the cardiologist every two weeks (I gave up on
      the "regular vets") to get his tummy drained(no build up in the
      lungs, thank God). The vet, through a vet tech, reminds me the cat
      is going to die and is incredulous when I report that the cat greets
      me at the door, watches birds through the window, and comes when he
      is called. The vet said that Jake would be dead by New Year's it is
      now nearly May and Jake is doing much better than he was at Christmas.

      The cardiologist doesn't give out a lot of information and
      frequently has me talk to the lest compassionate vet tech I have ever
      met. So I am often left wondering what is happening to my cat and am
      I really doing the right thing for him. I don't know what to expect
      next or how to judge set backs and improvements. I do monitor his
      breathing,

      So that's us Jake and Adrian
    • psychoforkaatz
      Hi Again Adrian, Good to hear Jake is feeling so well despite his heart disease. It is very important to ask for copies of all chart notes and labs and
      Message 2 of 2 , May 1, 2008
        Hi Again Adrian,

        Good to hear Jake is feeling so well despite his heart disease. It is
        very important to ask for copies of all chart notes and labs and
        reports, such as the reports of the echos(sonograms/ultrasounds) and
        xrays. Many people on this list can help you interpret them fairly
        well to help you understand what to expect. Your vets dont seem to
        want to let you in on his health care so you have to take matters
        into your own hands and be your cats advocate. I know alot of people
        arent that into what goes on with their cats health and are content
        to leave it to the vet but you, along with most on this group, sound
        like you are not ready to do that. Thats a start. Many cats on this
        group would have been euthanized right away had their people listened
        to their vets and have lived many years past their "expiration date".

        Most of us give alot of supplements like coQ10, taurine, L-carnitine,
        fish oil (yuk)and B complex vitamins B-12 injections.These all help
        to strengthen the cats heart and immune system.

        A note about Atenolol, some cats cant tolerate it and it has a habit
        of causing them to retain those nasty fluids. Thats what happened
        with Josie and she did much better after I took her off of it. We
        found out she is also hyperthyroid so had hoped the thyroid med would
        lower the heart rate which is what the atenolol is for. It did for
        awhile but now we are considering putting her on a different heart
        med called Benzepril(sp). First we are adding the thiazide diuretic
        along with her lasix to see if that will do it.

        Do you know what Jakes resting resperation rate and heart rates are?
        Has his blood pressure been checked? Josie actually has low normal BP
        so I have to be careful with the heart meds that lower the heart rate
        as they will also lower the BP, but most of the heart kitties seem to
        need that.

        Always feel free to post alot of info here as the more we know the
        better we can help you understand what is going on and possibly give
        advice.

        Kendall and Josie


        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "goneaussie4ever"
        <marmammer@...> wrote:
        >
        > Hi All,
        >
        > I posted a few days ago about my cat but kept things short and
        detail
        > free so as to not take up your time. Two of you have have asked
        for
        > our names and our stories so here goes.
        >
        > Back in May of 2007 I moved to a tiny apartment in Texas with very
        > bad air conditioning. Shortly thereafter Jake, the best black cat
        in
        > the whole wide world (who, me, biased?), started tummy push
        > breathing. The vet told me that was a normal reaction for cats not
        > used to the heat it should pass when the weather breaks. Flash
        > forward to the last week of October 2007 Jake is still tummy push
        > breathing and not eating....back to the vets we go. The first vet
        > says there is nothing wrong. The second vet says asthma, the third
        > vet said FIV (despite my showing her a long reccord of FIV
        > immunizations), the fourth vet said he didn't know what was
        > wrong "lets put the cat down in the morning....or I suppose you
        could
        > take him to a specialist but that will be really expensive and your
        > cat will likely have to take lots of pills"....Flash forward to
        > today. My cat sees a cardiologist. He has been diagnosed with
        heart
        > failure (EKG's and sonagrams out the yingyang). I can't remember
        the
        > vet specifying which kind of heart failure, though he did say Jake
        > has problems on both sides of his heart, his heart is ridicously
        > enlarged (and getting large), and it is only pumping about 20% of
        > what it should. Jake builds up fluid in his abdomen that we
        regularly
        > get drained. Jake takes Atenolol, Vetmeddin, Enalapril, Lasik, and
        > Spironalactone in the morning....he takes everyhing accept the
        > Atenolol in the evening. The recent addition of the spironalactone
        > has really helped with the fluid control (well I think so, the vet
        > disagrees, but his fluid build up dropped dramatically two weeks
        > after starting the new drug). Jake's appetite is strong and his
        > attitude is generally good. Jake has a weird preference for diet
        food
        > and recently started refusing anything with fish oil on/in it
        (sigh).
        > I'll try again soon, maybe it is just another picky phase.
        >
        > We go in to see the cardiologist every two weeks (I gave up on
        > the "regular vets") to get his tummy drained(no build up in the
        > lungs, thank God). The vet, through a vet tech, reminds me the cat
        > is going to die and is incredulous when I report that the cat
        greets
        > me at the door, watches birds through the window, and comes when he
        > is called. The vet said that Jake would be dead by New Year's it is
        > now nearly May and Jake is doing much better than he was at
        Christmas.
        >
        > The cardiologist doesn't give out a lot of information and
        > frequently has me talk to the lest compassionate vet tech I have
        ever
        > met. So I am often left wondering what is happening to my cat and
        am
        > I really doing the right thing for him. I don't know what to
        expect
        > next or how to judge set backs and improvements. I do monitor his
        > breathing,
        >
        > So that's us Jake and Adrian
        >
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