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Cat recently diagnosed with HCM: advice on treatment

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  • shermanmurman40
    Hi Everyone, I am new to this cat forum. My maine coon cat, Sherman visited the vet for annual shots and a heart murmur was discovered. An ultrasound was
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 25, 2010
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      Hi Everyone,

      I am new to this cat forum. My maine coon cat, Sherman visited the vet for annual shots and a heart murmur was discovered. An ultrasound was done and Sherman is now diagnosed with HCM. The prognosis is pretty scary, and I noticed after the ultrasound, Sherman seems much weaker.

      I had to leave for a week, so I had a cat sitter stop by and take care of him. Upon returning today, I noticed that Sherman's fur seems to be oily, and he seems to breathe faster when resting. Other then that, he is normal. I have been giving him hearty heart which contains hawthorn among other things, and also Co Q 10.

      Does anyone have any other suggestions on what I should be giving him? Should I be worried about the oily fur and faster breathing? Has anyone had success with giving their cat hearty heart and Co q 10?

      Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks so much! I am getting scared for my son!
    • elfinmyst@aol.com
      Hi I am sorry to hear about Sherman. How old is he? Did the cardiologist who did the ultrasound give Sherman any medication? I have no experience with heart
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 26, 2010
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        Hi

        I am sorry to hear about Sherman. How old is he?

        Did the cardiologist who did the ultrasound give Sherman any medication? I
        have no experience with heart heart supplement, but I give mine
        cardiostrength with Co Q, carnitine and taurine.

        I don't know about oily fur but I've never heard of that in heart disease.
        Is there any possibility the petsitter used any shampoo or cleaner to brush
        him whilst you were away? Breathing faster is something you can't ignore.
        How fast is it? You need to time it over 15 seconds and then work it out
        for a minute. It is a sign of the lungs having fluid on them possibly and
        would need a vet trip to listen. They can hear crackles on the lungs and
        SHerman would need a diuretic.

        Who diagnosed him? A heart specialist? If so, I`d contact them and tell
        them about his breathing. He needs medication. HCM can be very well controlled
        with medication. Yes it's usually a progressive disease and no one can
        tell how it will progress. Some cats live a full lifetime with HCM (my Sam and
        Josh are 13 yr old twin. Tess died of kidney failure, age 15, and she had
        HCM for years) There are excellent drugs and supplements to help stabilise
        this condition.

        One more thing I would recommend is letting the breeder know. Maine Coones
        have a known genetic HCM which can now be tested for with a simple cheek
        swab test.

        Lyn


        _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)


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      • Mmayer11
        Dear Sherman s mom, you-didn t-give-your name... I am so sorry you and Sherman must face this disease. You will find lots of excellent support here. The
        Message 3 of 3 , Dec 26, 2010
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          Dear Sherman's mom, you-didn't-give-your name...
          I am so sorry you and Sherman must face this disease. You will find lots of excellent support here. The questions Lynn asked, I hope you can answer.
          I have only one thing to add, you asked about Hawthorn...I have read several times [cannot remember where right now] that it is NOT good for cats or dogs with heart troubles...fine for humans, but not other animals. Don't risk using it, since there is some thoughts about it's dangers. CoQ10 30 mg, once or twice a day "daily" is a good supplement...I believe it's well worth trying to keep heart kitties on a natural high quality meat diet, and if at all possible restrict dry food.

          HTH



          Marianna




          -----Original Message-----
          From: shermanmurman40 <shermanmurman40@...>
          To: feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Sun, Dec 26, 2010 1:53 am
          Subject: [FH] Cat recently diagnosed with HCM: advice on treatment





          Hi Everyone,

          I am new to this cat forum. My maine coon cat, Sherman visited the vet for annual shots and a heart murmur was discovered. An ultrasound was done and Sherman is now diagnosed with HCM. The prognosis is pretty scary, and I noticed after the ultrasound, Sherman seems much weaker.

          I had to leave for a week, so I had a cat sitter stop by and take care of him. Upon returning today, I noticed that Sherman's fur seems to be oily, and he seems to breathe faster when resting. Other then that, he is normal. I have been giving him hearty heart which contains hawthorn among other things, and also Co Q 10.

          Does anyone have any other suggestions on what I should be giving him? Should I be worried about the oily fur and faster breathing? Has anyone had success with giving their cat hearty heart and Co q 10?

          Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks so much! I am getting scared for my son!









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