Re: Hi everyone, New member here with cat in heart failure
- Hi Lyn and everyone else,
Lyn, firstly thank you so much for your supportive message you sent me. I know the shock can be an issue, so I have woken this morning and am trying my hardest to get more positive, I feel less stressed because I know i can and will do my best for ozzy.
all day yesterday ozzy was very quiet, and slept all day, but yesterday evening I gave him a bowl of water with a dash of milk to try and stimulate his appetite, it seemed to work because after a few licks he seemed to spring to life, I gave him his meds, then a nice meal, which he was eager for, after eating he seemed very settled :)
This morning he seems his old self, again eager for some grub, and drinking plain water.
he has now had his meds, and i will let him go out in a while for his usual wander around for an hour or so (I'm still paranoid so will be watching him closely!!)
I am so relieved that this group is here, and Lyn with your experience and help.
I'll keep you updated
--- On Sat, 29/10/11, Elfinmyst@... <Elfinmyst@...> wrote:
From: Elfinmyst@... <Elfinmyst@...>
Subject: Re: Hi everyone, New member here with cat in heart failure
Date: Saturday, 29 October, 2011, 23:09
I know exactly where you are coming from. I have a variety of heart cats and kittens and it's such a horrid disease. At the moment you'll be in shock and likely checking him constantly. I used to come down during the night. It does get easier. Remember if you're stressed, he'll be stressed too so try and relax.
Can you post your post to the whole group? Some may have helpful advice on the medications. My cats go to the University of Liverpool and are on exactly the same drugs as yours with plavix for the girl who threw a clot. Vetmedin is a wonderful drug and has been remarkable for my two sickest girls. I'd recommend it to anyone.
The frusemide will keep the fluid off his lungs, fortekor and vetmedin are to help the heart work more easily and prilactone is a diuretic like Frusemide.
It's really normal for them to be subdued and sleepy for a few days when they start the medications. They lower blood pressure and make them tired. It goes away in 3-4 days. If he isn't eating tomorrow I'd contact the vet as the meds may be making him feel a bit sickly.
A clot is quite obvious. Look for limping, dragging the legs and knuckling. My girl had a heart clot and heart attack and it was quite obvious. A clot in the brain causes a fit or wobbling. If they thought he was at risk of a clot they'd have given him plavix. I use a supplement called Nattokinase (doctor's best) as a precaution with my cats as it dissolves clots. It's a food supplement based on a cheese called natto.
I'd recommend the Cardio S as well. Co Q helps the heart, carnitine and taurine help the HCM.
Hope he has a good night and eats soon.
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