Fire Kitty died from complications undiagnosed HCM
- I am so devestated and still trying to come to terms with what
happened and why. Last Sunday I noticed that Fire Kitty a 6 1/2 year
old short haired male cat was having a little trouble urinating. I
called the vet and took him in on Monday, they gave him antibiotics,
and asked me to get a urine sample.
Tuesday morning got the sample and it was full of blood, and not much
volume. Took the sample to the vet, they called me later in the
morning and told me that he had crystals in his urine, FUS, and that I
need to bring him in to be catherized. A standard procedure. He went
in had the catheter put in, everything seemed find, a couple of hours
later he started hypersalivating, and they said they'd keep him
Wednesday at lunch I went and saw him, he was fine, happy kitty. The
vet said he'd take the catheter out shortly and them I could pick him
up after work. When I picked him up he was hypersalivating, it was
bad, but the vet said he thought that it was stress. Took him home,
it didn't get better, but he walked around, used the litter box and
went and sat out in our fenced back yard for a little while. I called
the vet about 7 because it had not slowed down and he seemed stressed
out. The vet met me at his clinic and gave him a 5 medicine shot
including a sedative to relax him. He went back home the
hypersalivation stopped, and he was normal til 3 am and he started
howling. I tried to comfort him until the vet opened in the morning.
Thursday he spent the whole day at the vet where he kept sedating him
to keep him calm, that evening I transfered him to the emergency
hospital, where the attending immediately diagnosed him with a clot of
the central nervous system and suspected HCM.
Friday he went to a kitty cardiologist who did an echo and confirmed
the HCM, but said that the immediate concern was the stroke that was
caused from a clot thrown from the HCM condition. He went back to the
emergency vet and stayed their on Oxygen therapy until he passed away
at 5am on Saturday morning.
Fire Kitty was the love of my life and I'm heart broken and mad.
From what I now understand is that the constant sedation on a cat with
HCM increased the risk of him throwing clots and that it contributed
to his death. I also understand the hypersalivation is a classic sign
of a cat who has had a stroke. He 1st presented witht he
hypersalivation 5 days before he passed away. I just don't know how
my vet could not have know this was a cause and an effect. The
emergency vet knew right away.
I am questioning if my vet had caught the problem if we would have
been able to save him? I appreciate your thoughts.