Re: [FH] Introduction
- Hi Cheryl, welcome to you and Vizzy, I'm glad you found us!
I am concerned about Vizzy not eating. I agree with Judi about taking Vizzy
to the vet.
Not eating can turn into (FHL) - feline Hepatic Lipidosis - fatty liver
disease very quickly.
You will have to start assist feeding Vizzy to get him thru this not eating
stage. I don't know why Vizzy stopped eating that's why it is best to see
the vet and if you have a cardiologist to call him/her.
Here is the link to the Feline Assisted Feeding Group, they will send you
helpful files as soon as you join.
Skylar had mild HCM which has since progressed to Severe RCM. He is on
Atenolol, Plavix, Enalapril too. Have Lasix but have not needed to use it
Vizzy may have fluid started to build up and may need chest x rays. Best to
have a full check up at the vets to see why he stopped eating and start
Best to you and Vizzy,
Candace with Cinnamon and Skylar
On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 5:34 PM, Cheryl <cheryl@...> wrote:
> Hello ~
> My Norwegian Forest Cat Vizzy was diagnosed with RCM/CHF on May 22 of this
> year. He is 9 years old (will be 10 in August). At the time of his
> diagnosis, he had been exhibiting no symptoms other than weight loss, which
> had occurred very slowly over several months. I attributed it to the
> upcoming summer and the heat (we live in Tucson, Arizona), when my cats
> usually eat less and start shedding their winter coats, and I feel terrible
> now knowing that it was something so serious. Vizzy has never been sick a
> day in his life.
> Vizzy's heart rate is severely chaotic - he had several runs of ventricular
> tachycardia during his initial cardiology exam. I'm an ICU nurse, and I
> amazed at how awful his EKG looks (and how terrible his heart sounds).
> Honestly, there are hardly any regular beats at all. His EKG did improve
> somewhat after his first two weeks on medications, but the rate is still
> very irregular. He is currently on Lasix, Atenolol, Enalipril, and Plavix.
> I joined this list for moral support and to hear others' experiences with
> RCM. From what I have read, the typical life expectancy is from 3-12
> after diagnosis, although I am looking forward to hearing about exceptions
> to that rule.
> Yesterday, Vizzy stopped eating. He has been eating an all canned food
> (his choice) for several months before he was diagnosed, and he has always
> been a good eater. He takes his medications via pill pockets attached to
> his favorite treats (freeze dried salmon). He has refused his treats, his
> meds (which I have been giving manually), and a vast number of different
> kinds of canned food offered at various times throughout the day (dry food
> is down all the time). He has also refused baby food (usually a favorite)
> and just licked halfheartedly at human tuna and bonito flakes. He hasn't
> even wanted any of the typical "last resort" foods that everyone typically
> likes, like Sheba and the new Fancy Feast Appetizers.
> Is sudden anorexia a typical presentation of worsening RCM? He is not
> acting strangely other than not eating. I haven't noticed any unusual
> symptoms. His respiratory rate is within normal limits for him. He is
> spending more time in the guest bedroom, and he used to spend his days on
> under the coffee table in our living room, so not a big stretch. I don't
> get the impression he is "hiding."
> Any advice/suggestions/information would be most appreciated. Thanks!
> Cheryl & Vizzy
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- HiI sent you a reply but I can't see it, so I hope you had some help over the weekend. You did absolutely everything right and getting a cardiologist and quick treatment is vital. The plavix will help to prevent clots and the lasix with the fluid. Heart disease can come out of the blue and you are now getting the treatment needed. Watch breaths, you are looking for a change in the rate or type at rest. Count for ten seconds and times by six and see what is normal when your cat is sleeping or resting , try and get a video of it. If it goes over 30, that's caution time, over 40 emergency as a rule, but any open mouth is always an emergency. Look for deeper breaths and when they pull their stomach in or any wheezing. You are in the right place here with lots of experience.Lyn