Did this diagnosis come from a vet or a cardiologist? The reason I
am asking is because when I got Ivy as a kitten, they said it was
probably a defect in the heart and that she wouldn't make it to a
year, ect. But they urged me to see a cardiologist to know for
sure. The cardiologist diagnosed Ivy with mitral valve dysplasia and
put her on athenolol, which has helped her a great deal. She
actually has the mitral valve problem and HCM, but they weren't able
to diagnose the HCM until this year (she is 3 yrs old) b/c they
couldn't see the HCM changes until then.
So I would urge you to take your kitty to a cardiologist. They can
recommend some medication and the best path. They can see a lot of
things the vet cannot. My Ivy is now 3 years old and is very healthy
and happy, she just has to take medication every day.
Good luck and let us know!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "muzy454" <muzee454@...> wrote:
> Hi my name is sue I joined awhile ago because I was waiting on
> results for my Maine Coons they have all tested negative to HCM
> But im finding out the hard way that even though your cats test
> negative, nature can throw a curly at you.
> My first litter of six babies are truley beautiful but as they were
> getting bigger i noticed one of them was falling behind. In the hot
> weather (we live in North Queensland) she was finding it very hard.
> Breathing was a big problem for her and all she wanted to do was
> while her litter brothers and sisters ran rings around her. She is
> half their size but as you all know there is sometimes what is
> the runt of the litter. Anyway I had a bad feeling,something wasnt
> right I called my vet and she came out at 7.30pm just to ease my
> My poor little girl has what is called Machinery Heart Murma.
> Ventricular Ceptral Defect. I was told that this has nothing to do
> with HCM but, that it sometimes just happens. My vet said that I
> a few options one was to put her down. The other was to give her
> of love and attention and see how she goes. The critical period
> apparently is 6 to eight weeks. (shes only 5 weeks old) during this
> time they usually suffer a fatal heart attack. If she survives to
> weeks she will most likley live. My heart goes out to her ill do my
> level best to see she has a happy life. PS she is in no pain.