Re: Hi - I am new
I agree with Carol that it might be worth having the thyroid checked on the
older two if they are eating and want to eat all the time. It's easily
fixable if that's the problem. At their age it would be a tablet.
How old is your HCM cat and has she had an ultrasound to diagnose her? If
not, then I would say get one done as soon as possible to see what her heart
is like and get her on the correct medication. If she has had an
ultrasound, I would contact the cardiologist and report the decline, she may need a
tweak in her medications.
Is the stage 4 you refer to the grade of heart murmur? Heart disease needs
an echo (ultrasound) to get a clear diagnosis so if you haven't seen one,
get a cardiology appointment as soon as possible.I have two cats with a
grade 4 murmur and one has severe HCM and the other two holes in her heart.
They need different medications.
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- Sounds like you have your hands full in caring for your kitties. You don't say where you live, but if you refer to the HCM kitty's vet - is that a board certified cardiologist? We are in nwOhio, USA. From personal experience only, we use specialists whenever we can.
Mellie had a stroke in 2008 just before she turned 16. A heart murmur was heard so we took her to a different clinic where heart echo could be done by one of the vets. He diagnosed her with advanced HCM and we were advised to put her down as nothing could be done for her. Instead, we found a cardiologist almost 3 hrs away by car. The specialist found she did not have HCM at all but rather had a very rapid heart rate (220+ beats per minute). Granted she has some other issues but our dear old girl will be 20 in June. At the time of the stroke her blood pressure was very good, it was the heart rate being so fast she could not get adequate blood supply to her organs.
There are medications to slow the heart rate but a cardiologist would be the person to talk with about them.
carol and mellie
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> And wanted to say I was happy to find this board. I have been wanting to vent/ talk to someone about the stress I have for my 3 felines - one with HCM, one 17 with diabetes and arthritis and my 15 y/o with kidney disease.
> 2 years ago this Easter I lost my fave cat to FIP. Missy, my HCM cat, was diagnosed at 3 with a stage 4, I believe, heart. She had a heart rate so fast they couldn't count it. My vet didn't think she would make it to the end of 2011 but she has. Her heart sounds like a washing machine
> She's almost died twice but with vet care and meds, she's done quite well considering. However, she had pneumonia 3 weeks ago. She's fine but she's had some issues this weekend with heaving when she jumps up and accelerated heart rate. She has no fluid in her lungs last vet visit which was 2 weeks ago.
> However, she seems to be quieter now, her heart rate seems to be going up and down. One day I feel I need to take her to the vet, the next I feel like she's okay. This going up and down is so stressful. She has stopped running or fighting me to take her meds; however, she moves around, eats, drinks and plays on occasion. I don't let her play too much tho.
> I have never had a cat with this disease. I feel like something isn't right but yet there's nothing they can do and I wish. I knew if there were signs so. I would know that she's starting to really.......
> My 17 yo has been yowling, as,it for food all the time and has had a cough. He's on his third week of antibiotics out of six to fight that. His behavior has been weird these last few days. He has lost a pound since November.
> My kidney cat wants to eat all the time and I feed her and she still loses weight ....sigh.....