New member -- Bobtail
- Bobtail is a male and approximately 15 years old. He
had his 1st episode of saddle thrombosis last
Thanksgiving. That episode was the result of an
encounter with one of the other house cats. Then last
Friday, Nov. 30, he had another. I was there to see it
happen, of course it was not during "business
hours"--430am, but i called our vet, who had treated
bobtail b4, and he was on call. Within 30 minutes of
the episode, which left the cat in pain and stress, he
was at the vet. the vet administered a pain killer and
aspirin. Bobtail spent 5 days there. they did an x-ray
which indicated a heart condition. THIS PROBABLY
SOUNDS RATHER FAMILIAR TO SOME OF YOU!!
My question is this. For many, many years, Bobtail has
had spasms. The frequency of the attacks varies.
Sometimes two a day at its worse. He gets sort of
distant look on his face, and then has a rather severe
spasm in which he screams and attacks his right rear
foot and bites at one of his claws. The episode
usually lasts about 10 seconds.
Cortisone injections seemed to help for about a 6
month period, but lately it seems the injections cause
or bring on other problems.
Have any of you experienced this with your cats that
have a heart condition / saddle thrombosis? I'm
wondering if the spasms are clot related rather than
Bobtail is home now. He's seems to be comfortable, but
he has lost much of the movement in his right rear
leg. the vet has suggested baby aspirin therapy...one
tablet every third day to prevent further clots.
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> From: b p [mailto:wetlevis1@...]Has Bobtail been seen by a vet cardiologist? Has his heart
> Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2001 11:45 PM
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> Subject: [feline-heart] New member -- Bobtail
> Bobtail is a male and approximately 15 years old. He
> had his 1st episode of saddle thrombosis last
> Thanksgiving. That episode was the result of an
> . . .
condition been diagnosed specifically? Is he on any meds?
> My question is this. For many, many years, Bobtail hasI have some first-hand experience & have done a lot of research &
> had spasms. The frequency of the attacks varies.
> Sometimes two a day at its worse. He gets sort of
> distant look on his face, and then has a rather severe
> . . .
> Have any of you experienced this with your cats that
> have a heart condition / saddle thrombosis? I'm
> wondering if the spasms are clot related rather than
have not seen or heard of this behavior. It doesn
t sound related to the clots to me.
> Bobtail is home now. He's seems to be comfortable, butThe best thing you can do for Bobtail is to treat his heart
> he has lost much of the movement in his right rear
> leg. the vet has suggested baby aspirin therapy...one
> tablet every third day to prevent further clots.
disease aggressively. Please let us know how he does.
Tabby (RB), Lynx (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Jet
- Dear Bruce,
Roscoe has almost identical problems (Not prior seizures though)
We are about a week ahead of you.
He suddenly kept falling over and couldn't walk. Back right leg
He is almost 19 and diabetic and early CRF.
Decided to have a colour Doppler ultrasound on his heart.
It's a mess- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Severe)
The radiologist kindly tracked his blood flow to rear legs and found
this great thumping clot sitting there. On magnification we could
see little channels of blood forcing their way through. Radiologist
said that the clot would eventually dissipate. It has, and now he can
walk unsteadily with a limp, but he gets where he wants to go.
Vet says to give him a baby aspirin every 3rd day and she has the
pharmacist mixing a brew of what I think she says is DILTIAZEM.
They are making it so that it is only one a day dose rather than 3
times a day.
Despite all this bad news, Roscoe seems to feel quite well and eating
well. Unexpectedly found him limping around the front lawn at
midnight last night, enjoying the breeze through his whiskers.
I was rather shocked as he has been mostly lying in his bed for the
past week. Wish you both well, and I'll keep track of your progress.
Valerie and Roscoe.