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  • techigirl78@ymail.com
    My cat had been to the vet twice in past 3 weeks for weight loss and lethargy. First visit. Bloodwork showed high white blood count and low calcium. Xray
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 9, 2012
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      My cat had been to the vet twice in past 3 weeks for weight loss and lethargy.

      First visit. Bloodwork showed high white blood count and low calcium. Xray showed one lung was all cloudy that could signify anything from infection to cancer and gallstones. Vet said ultrasound may be needed, but suggested we try bloodwork to check infdction and treat with antibiotic. Revisit scheduled two weeks. Vet asked if any open moutb breathing. I had seen none. He had lost a lot of weight before i took him. About 2 lbs, but I tried feeding him mord for a few weeks before I took him in.

      I gave meds and tried to get my baby more food. He was almost 10. Vet says senior, but it still seems young. He had goid days and bad. Not overly active. But he always was eating some on his own.

      Second visit vet heard murmur and said that is not normal, could be cardiomyopathy. But, slight drop in white blood cell count led vet to try another antibiotic with recheck needed and if no improvement then ultrasound. I closely watched him. No open breathing still. Over the week he seemed to have more energy. Yesterday eating almost 2 cans of cat food along with somd dry foid. I was so happy. I thought he was recovering.

      This morning we were cuddling on bed. He was even rolling around purring getting his belly rub. He took a short nap, looked around and went downstairs. A few minutes later i followed him to give him his antibiotic. I find him drooling, hunched over, and gagging. I run to get dressed. Grab him and head to er. It took only minutes to get ready and hospital is five minutes away. He looks horrible. His breaths get shorter apart. I arrive, pick him up and he is almost lifeless. I run into the vet and hand him over. The tech said as soon as he put him on the table he passes.

      I am so sad. He is gone now and all i have is questions. Since the vet said possible cardiomyopathy. I start looking it up today. If that could have been the issue, why the antibiotics? If that was the issue, what do I need to do to prevent his sister getting sick like him? I am so sad and angry. I think I should switch vets, but how to find a good one? I put another cat down at 10 last year with vaccine associated fibrosarcoma. As the vet injected in back instead of legs, I had no option. I thought this is just in my head. But even if he didnt have open breathing, wasnt weight loss, foggy chest xray and murmur enough to do something else or am i just overthinking it? The er did not mention er, but said heart failure can cause what happened to my baby. I am so upset and confused.
    • Laurie Stead
      Oh my goodness I am so very sorry to hear this heart wrenching story.  You did everything you could, and your feelings are completely normal.  HCM is a
      Message 2 of 8 , Dec 10, 2012
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        Oh my goodness I am so very sorry to hear this heart wrenching story.  You did everything you could, and your feelings are completely normal. 

        HCM is a terrible disease... so many cats die without ever being diagnosed.  It is normal for your vet to think infection, or asthma, or a number of other causes for the symptoms over HCM.  Unfortunately without an ultrasound by a cardiologist it is near impossible to know.  Hearing the heart murmur did open up the possibility but since kitty seemed better, the vet went with his original diagnosis. 

        I do understand the frustration... my cat was in the middle of heart failure struggling to breathe and our vet was ready to send her home to be monitored. Instead I rushed her to the ER.  This is why I am a big advocate of seeing a cardiologist when it comes to heart issues.  Vets just do not have the same knowledge.

        You mention "sister" kitty... are they from the same litter?  If that is the case there is possibility of heart disease so I would schedule an ultrasound with a cardiologist just to rule
        it out.  If it is HCM, don't panic....kitty can do very well on the proper medications and routine ultrasounds/blood work to manage the disease.  

        It is good you found this group just in case.  It really sounds like time was not on your side with the kitty you lost (so sorry I don't know his name). I understand the heartache you must feel right now.  Hold the sweet memories close and hold "sister" tighter today.

        <<hugs>>
        Laurie


        --- On Mon, 12/10/12, techigirl78@... <techigirl78@...> wrote:

        From: techigirl78@... <techigirl78@...>
        Subject: [FH] I lost my cat this morning
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Monday, December 10, 2012, 1:56 AM
















         









        My cat had been to the vet twice in past 3 weeks for weight loss and lethargy.



        First visit. Bloodwork showed high white blood count and low calcium. Xray showed one lung was all cloudy that could signify anything from infection to cancer and gallstones. Vet said ultrasound may be needed, but suggested we try bloodwork to check infdction and treat with antibiotic. Revisit scheduled two weeks. Vet asked if any open moutb breathing. I had seen none. He had lost a lot of weight before i took him. About 2 lbs, but I tried feeding him mord for a few weeks before I took him in.



        I gave meds and tried to get my baby more food. He was almost 10. Vet says senior, but it still seems young. He had goid days and bad. Not overly active. But he always was eating some on his own.



        Second visit vet heard murmur and said that is not normal, could be cardiomyopathy. But, slight drop in white blood cell count led vet to try another antibiotic with recheck needed and if no improvement then ultrasound. I closely watched him. No open breathing still. Over the week he seemed to have more energy. Yesterday eating almost 2 cans of cat food along with somd dry foid. I was so happy. I thought he was recovering.



        This morning we were cuddling on bed. He was even rolling around purring getting his belly rub. He took a short nap, looked around and went downstairs. A few minutes later i followed him to give him his antibiotic. I find him drooling, hunched over, and gagging. I run to get dressed. Grab him and head to er. It took only minutes to get ready and hospital is five minutes away. He looks horrible. His breaths get shorter apart. I arrive, pick him up and he is almost lifeless. I run into the vet and hand him over. The tech said as soon as he put him on the table he passes.



        I am so sad. He is gone now and all i have is questions. Since the vet said possible cardiomyopathy. I start looking it up today. If that could have been the issue, why the antibiotics? If that was the issue, what do I need to do to prevent his sister getting sick like him? I am so sad and angry. I think I should switch vets, but how to find a good one? I put another cat down at 10 last year with vaccine associated fibrosarcoma. As the vet injected in back instead of legs, I had no option. I thought this is just in my head. But even if he didnt have open breathing, wasnt weight loss, foggy chest xray and murmur enough to do something else or am i just overthinking it? The er did not mention er, but said heart failure can cause what happened to my baby. I am so upset and confused.
















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      • Wendy Solem
        Oh my God - I am so sorry to wake up and read this, my heart breaks for you.  I am not sure why this happened, I can only say that something similar happened
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          Oh my God -

          I am so sorry to wake up and read this, my heart breaks for you. 

          I am not sure why this happened, I can only say that something similar
          happened to my Tino.  The most important thing I think, is that you let
          yourself off the hook.

          My vet is only mins away too (I live in NYC)
          Tino was snuggling on the bed with me, and then bolted out, writhing in pain and crying - rushed him to the ER. where he passed away from saddle
          thrombosis.  He had thrown a blood clot.  The vet told me that they
          really don't recover from this.  I was devastated too.
          It was heart problem that was recently diagnosed that Tino passed away from.

          But the bottom line is this,
          no matter what really made her take such a turn for the worse so
          quickly...minutes before, she was fine, happy and had a truly loving and gifted life.  You did everything that you possibly could and you did it quickly. 


          It is so easy to try to second guess yourself, but you did everything
          possible.  I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I hate the fact that
          we've all been there (I miss Tino daily) but you have to remind yourself that there really was nothing you did to cause this and that you did
          all that you could just the second you knew she was suffering. 

          I am so, so sorry for your loss. 

          Please let yourself off the hook, you gave her a wonderful, wonderful life.
          You will be in my thoughts and prayers.Wendy


          ________________________________
          From: "techigirl78@..." <techigirl78@...>
          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 1:56 AM
          Subject: [FH] I lost my cat this morning


           
          My cat had been to the vet twice in past 3 weeks for weight loss and lethargy.

          First visit. Bloodwork showed high white blood count and low calcium. Xray showed one lung was all cloudy that could signify anything from infection to cancer and gallstones. Vet said ultrasound may be needed, but suggested we try bloodwork to check infdction and treat with antibiotic. Revisit scheduled two weeks. Vet asked if any open moutb breathing. I had seen none. He had lost a lot of weight before i took him. About 2 lbs, but I tried feeding him mord for a few weeks before I took him in.

          I gave meds and tried to get my baby more food. He was almost 10. Vet says senior, but it still seems young. He had goid days and bad. Not overly active. But he always was eating some on his own.

          Second visit vet heard murmur and said that is not normal, could be cardiomyopathy. But, slight drop in white blood cell count led vet to try another antibiotic with recheck needed and if no improvement then ultrasound. I closely watched him. No open breathing still. Over the week he seemed to have more energy. Yesterday eating almost 2 cans of cat food along with somd dry foid. I was so happy. I thought he was recovering.

          This morning we were cuddling on bed. He was even rolling around purring getting his belly rub. He took a short nap, looked around and went downstairs. A few minutes later i followed him to give him his antibiotic. I find him drooling, hunched over, and gagging. I run to get dressed. Grab him and head to er. It took only minutes to get ready and hospital is five minutes away. He looks horrible. His breaths get shorter apart. I arrive, pick him up and he is almost lifeless. I run into the vet and hand him over. The tech said as soon as he put him on the table he passes.

          I am so sad. He is gone now and all i have is questions. Since the vet said possible cardiomyopathy. I start looking it up today. If that could have been the issue, why the antibiotics? If that was the issue, what do I need to do to prevent his sister getting sick like him? I am so sad and angry. I think I should switch vets, but how to find a good one? I put another cat down at 10 last year with vaccine associated fibrosarcoma. As the vet injected in back instead of legs, I had no option. I thought this is just in my head. But even if he didnt have open breathing, wasnt weight loss, foggy chest xray and murmur enough to do something else or am i just overthinking it? The er did not mention er, but said heart failure can cause what happened to my baby. I am so upset and confused.




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        • William Posey
          I suspect your kitty threw blood clot(s) to the brain. What you describe is exactly what happened to my little Turkishvan, Viva. I feel your pain. In my case
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            I suspect your kitty threw blood clot(s) to the brain. What you describe is
            exactly what happened to my little Turkishvan, Viva. I feel your pain. In
            my case she didn't show any signs. Ate breakfast on morning and an hour
            tater was in distress. Stupid vet failed to try a blood thinner. Yes all
            the kits litter mates are at risk if it was a heart issue.
            Bill


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          • Westgold
            Hi -- I am so sorry to hear about your little kitty. What you describe is sudden heart failure caused by HCM. This is what happened to one of my kitties back
            Message 5 of 8 , Dec 10, 2012
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              Hi -- I am so sorry to hear about your little kitty. What you describe is sudden heart failure caused by HCM. This is what happened to one of my kitties back in 1995. She was lethargic and wouldn't eat for a couple days before. But she did not have a murmur, and I have to admin that in 1995 I had never even heard of HCM. We were going to take her into the vet the next morning because she just looked so weak and had a bit of open-mouth breathing. But at 4 AM I was awoken by a loud scream, and by the time I got into the living room she was dead in a puddle of fluid on the floor. I tried holding her upside down to drain fluid, and I also tried breathing for her, but it was too late, she was already gone. We did do a necropsy at the University Of Guelph, an they said sudden heart failure caused by HCM. They said that when people wake up in the morning and find their kitties dead on the floor, this is usually what it is. Fortunately it's quick. I read on another list of a kitty who happily ran up the cat tree while they were playing, and then fell off dead.

              If your other cat is related, you need to get an echocardiogram with a cardiologist immediately. This is the only way to know if there is heart disease. Xrays may show fluid, but it's hard to tell, and they cannot diagnose heart disease. And if she also has HCM, you can start on the proper meds right away to increase her chances of a full life.

              When you feel up to it, please put up a memorial to your dear kitty on our memorial site http://www.AngelKitties.com -- we'd love to see his photo and hear how you met, etc. All kitties are welcome, no matter how long they've been in heaven.

              take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto

              ----- Original Message -----
              From: techigirl78@...
              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 1:56 AM
              Subject: [FH] I lost my cat this morning



              My cat had been to the vet twice in past 3 weeks for weight loss and lethargy.

              First visit. Bloodwork showed high white blood count and low calcium. Xray showed one lung was all cloudy that could signify anything from infection to cancer and gallstones. Vet said ultrasound may be needed, but suggested we try bloodwork to check infdction and treat with antibiotic. Revisit scheduled two weeks. Vet asked if any open moutb breathing. I had seen none. He had lost a lot of weight before i took him. About 2 lbs, but I tried feeding him mord for a few weeks before I took him in.

              I gave meds and tried to get my baby more food. He was almost 10. Vet says senior, but it still seems young. He had goid days and bad. Not overly active. But he always was eating some on his own.

              Second visit vet heard murmur and said that is not normal, could be cardiomyopathy. But, slight drop in white blood cell count led vet to try another antibiotic with recheck needed and if no improvement then ultrasound. I closely watched him. No open breathing still. Over the week he seemed to have more energy. Yesterday eating almost 2 cans of cat food along with somd dry foid. I was so happy. I thought he was recovering.

              This morning we were cuddling on bed. He was even rolling around purring getting his belly rub. He took a short nap, looked around and went downstairs. A few minutes later i followed him to give him his antibiotic. I find him drooling, hunched over, and gagging. I run to get dressed. Grab him and head to er. It took only minutes to get ready and hospital is five minutes away. He looks horrible. His breaths get shorter apart. I arrive, pick him up and he is almost lifeless. I run into the vet and hand him over. The tech said as soon as he put him on the table he passes.

              I am so sad. He is gone now and all i have is questions. Since the vet said possible cardiomyopathy. I start looking it up today. If that could have been the issue, why the antibiotics? If that was the issue, what do I need to do to prevent his sister getting sick like him? I am so sad and angry. I think I should switch vets, but how to find a good one? I put another cat down at 10 last year with vaccine associated fibrosarcoma. As the vet injected in back instead of legs, I had no option. I thought this is just in my head. But even if he didnt have open breathing, wasnt weight loss, foggy chest xray and murmur enough to do something else or am i just overthinking it? The er did not mention er, but said heart failure can cause what happened to my baby. I am so upset and confused.





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            • Westgold
              hi ---- your kitty most probably didn t have a clot, so the blood thinners wouldn t have made any difference. Total heart failure would have happened anyway.
              Message 6 of 8 , Dec 10, 2012
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                hi ---- your kitty most probably didn't have a clot, so the blood thinners
                wouldn't have made any difference. Total heart failure would have happened
                anyway. The only thing that can help prevent that is to be diagnosed really
                early, and put on all the proper meds. But even that doesn't always help --
                some kitties' heart disease progresses SO fast that there is absolutely
                nothing that can be done. The fluid builds up so fast sometimes. That's
                sadly what happened with both of our kitties.
                ----- Original Message -----
                From: <techigirl78@...>
                To: "Westgold" <westgold@...>
                Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:49 PM
                Subject: Re: [FH] I lost my cat this morning


                Thank you for sharing your story. I can take comfort in knowing I was able
                to be with him in his last moments. Even though I was driving, I had one
                hand on him and he knew I was there.

                I'm still frustrated with my vet, I think part of it is normal anger/guilt
                over death. I left message with the animal hospital who has all the
                specialists in town (where I was sent when my tabby had cancer too).
                However, I think I will need to go through my normal vet to get a referral.
                Part of me wishes in addition to 2nd antibiotic, I was also given blood
                thinner since he heart murur. I keep thinking maybe that would have kept
                him with me longer (though not sure how much). The other part thinks maybe
                no vet would do that until ultrasound or echocardiogram done by
                cardiologist. My vet said he would send me if second course didn't work to
                a specialist. Plus, my cat while losing weight was still responsive and
                eating a little. Just confused. I know everyone here likely understands.

                --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Westgold" <westgold@...> wrote:
                >
                > Hi -- I am so sorry to hear about your little kitty. What you describe is
                > sudden heart failure caused by HCM. This is what happened to one of my
                > kitties back in 1995. She was lethargic and wouldn't eat for a couple
                > days before. But she did not have a murmur, and I have to admin that in
                > 1995 I had never even heard of HCM. We were going to take her into the
                > vet the next morning because she just looked so weak and had a bit of
                > open-mouth breathing. But at 4 AM I was awoken by a loud scream, and by
                > the time I got into the living room she was dead in a puddle of fluid on
                > the floor. I tried holding her upside down to drain fluid, and I also
                > tried breathing for her, but it was too late, she was already gone. We
                > did do a necropsy at the University Of Guelph, an they said sudden heart
                > failure caused by HCM. They said that when people wake up in the morning
                > and find their kitties dead on the floor, this is usually what it is.
                > Fortunately it's quick. I read on another list of a kitty who happily ran
                > up the cat tree while they were playing, and then fell off dead.
                >
                > If your other cat is related, you need to get an echocardiogram with a
                > cardiologist immediately. This is the only way to know if there is heart
                > disease. Xrays may show fluid, but it's hard to tell, and they cannot
                > diagnose heart disease. And if she also has HCM, you can start on the
                > proper meds right away to increase her chances of a full life.
                >
                > When you feel up to it, please put up a memorial to your dear kitty on our
                > memorial site http://www.AngelKitties.com -- we'd love to see his photo
                > and hear how you met, etc. All kitties are welcome, no matter how long
                > they've been in heaven.
                >
                > take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
                >
              • Westgold
                yes, please take her to a cardiologist asap, and then you will know. If she has HCM, he will give you the proper meds. With the right meds, most can live a
                Message 7 of 8 , Dec 10, 2012
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                  yes, please take her to a cardiologist asap, and then you will know. If she
                  has HCM, he will give you the proper meds. With the right meds, most can
                  live a normal lifespan. My Tigger was dx at age 6 months, and he celebrated
                  his happy 8th birthday in Oct. If she doesn't have it, then you won't have
                  to worry! You have to also tell their breeder --- I sure hope they have
                  retired the parents. But they need to get all their breeding cats echoed,
                  otherwise they just keep making more kittens with heartbreaking HCM. I'm
                  so glad you found our list, we will help you -- give us the sister's results
                  when you get them.

                  take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
                  ----- Original Message -----
                  From: <techigirl78@...>
                  To: "Westgold" <westgold@...>
                  Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 1:51 PM
                  Subject: Re: I lost my cat this morning


                  That is what I'm telling my stepdaughter and what I believe. Even if we
                  found out exactly what it was and got him on treatments, he probably had a
                  lot of damage. He had been slowly going down a little over the last year.
                  I thought maybe age since he stilled ate, played, ran around, but not at the
                  level of a normal bengal (still above my tuxedo though). Then, the last
                  month he was acting sick and losing weight. When he passed, he had gained
                  1/2 lb in less then week. So, I wasn't imagining it, he was eating a lot
                  more. But, I think the damage was there. The important thing now is to
                  make sure his sister gets it detected early if she has the same thing and
                  for me to learn more going forward.

                  --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Westgold" <westgold@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > hi ---- your kitty most probably didn't have a clot, so the blood thinners
                  > wouldn't have made any difference. Total heart failure would have
                  > happened
                  > anyway. The only thing that can help prevent that is to be diagnosed
                  > really
                  > early, and put on all the proper meds. But even that doesn't always
                  > help --
                  > some kitties' heart disease progresses SO fast that there is absolutely
                  > nothing that can be done. The fluid builds up so fast sometimes. That's
                  > sadly what happened with both of our kitties.
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  > From: <techigirl78@...>
                  > To: "Westgold" <westgold@...>
                  > Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:49 PM
                  > Subject: Re: [FH] I lost my cat this morning
                  >
                  >
                  > Thank you for sharing your story. I can take comfort in knowing I was
                  > able
                  > to be with him in his last moments. Even though I was driving, I had one
                  > hand on him and he knew I was there.
                  >
                  > I'm still frustrated with my vet, I think part of it is normal anger/guilt
                  > over death. I left message with the animal hospital who has all the
                  > specialists in town (where I was sent when my tabby had cancer too).
                  > However, I think I will need to go through my normal vet to get a
                  > referral.
                  > Part of me wishes in addition to 2nd antibiotic, I was also given blood
                  > thinner since he heart murur. I keep thinking maybe that would have kept
                  > him with me longer (though not sure how much). The other part thinks
                  > maybe
                  > no vet would do that until ultrasound or echocardiogram done by
                  > cardiologist. My vet said he would send me if second course didn't work
                  > to
                  > a specialist. Plus, my cat while losing weight was still responsive and
                  > eating a little. Just confused. I know everyone here likely understands.
                  >
                  > --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Westgold" <westgold@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > Hi -- I am so sorry to hear about your little kitty. What you describe
                  > > is
                  > > sudden heart failure caused by HCM. This is what happened to one of my
                  > > kitties back in 1995. She was lethargic and wouldn't eat for a couple
                  > > days before. But she did not have a murmur, and I have to admin that in
                  > > 1995 I had never even heard of HCM. We were going to take her into the
                  > > vet the next morning because she just looked so weak and had a bit of
                  > > open-mouth breathing. But at 4 AM I was awoken by a loud scream, and by
                  > > the time I got into the living room she was dead in a puddle of fluid on
                  > > the floor. I tried holding her upside down to drain fluid, and I also
                  > > tried breathing for her, but it was too late, she was already gone. We
                  > > did do a necropsy at the University Of Guelph, an they said sudden heart
                  > > failure caused by HCM. They said that when people wake up in the
                  > > morning
                  > > and find their kitties dead on the floor, this is usually what it is.
                  > > Fortunately it's quick. I read on another list of a kitty who happily
                  > > ran
                  > > up the cat tree while they were playing, and then fell off dead.
                  > >
                  > > If your other cat is related, you need to get an echocardiogram with a
                  > > cardiologist immediately. This is the only way to know if there is
                  > > heart
                  > > disease. Xrays may show fluid, but it's hard to tell, and they cannot
                  > > diagnose heart disease. And if she also has HCM, you can start on the
                  > > proper meds right away to increase her chances of a full life.
                  > >
                  > > When you feel up to it, please put up a memorial to your dear kitty on
                  > > our
                  > > memorial site http://www.AngelKitties.com -- we'd love to see his photo
                  > > and hear how you met, etc. All kitties are welcome, no matter how long
                  > > they've been in heaven.
                  > >
                  > > take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
                  > >
                  >
                • jenzcritters
                  Oh! I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Can you have a necropsy (kitty autopsy) done? It will give you closure and will answer your question regarding
                  Message 8 of 8 , Dec 10, 2012
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                    Oh!
                    I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss.
                    Can you have a necropsy (kitty autopsy) done? It will give you closure and will answer your question regarding changing vets.
                    Were you referred to a specialist at any point? Was such a specialty workup possible for you financially?
                    Usually with heart disease both lungs are cloudy not just one.
                    When a cat loses a LOT of weight and barely eats then suddenly eats a large amount, he can die due to a condition called "refeeding syndrome" which is when a catastrophic electrolyte imbalance occurs due to the sudden intake of food. I am wondering if this is a possibility here.
                    I can tell how much you loved your boy. I am quite sure he felt it. And, in the end, having been truly loved in life is much more important than how long we lived.
                    Sending hugs.
                    Jenny

                    --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "techigirl78@..." <techigirl78@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > My cat had been to the vet twice in past 3 weeks for weight loss and lethargy.
                    >
                    > First visit. Bloodwork showed high white blood count and low calcium. Xray showed one lung was all cloudy that could signify anything from infection to cancer and gallstones. Vet said ultrasound may be needed, but suggested we try bloodwork to check infdction and treat with antibiotic. Revisit scheduled two weeks. Vet asked if any open moutb breathing. I had seen none. He had lost a lot of weight before i took him. About 2 lbs, but I tried feeding him mord for a few weeks before I took him in.
                    >
                    > I gave meds and tried to get my baby more food. He was almost 10. Vet says senior, but it still seems young. He had goid days and bad. Not overly active. But he always was eating some on his own.
                    >
                    > Second visit vet heard murmur and said that is not normal, could be cardiomyopathy. But, slight drop in white blood cell count led vet to try another antibiotic with recheck needed and if no improvement then ultrasound. I closely watched him. No open breathing still. Over the week he seemed to have more energy. Yesterday eating almost 2 cans of cat food along with somd dry foid. I was so happy. I thought he was recovering.
                    >
                    > This morning we were cuddling on bed. He was even rolling around purring getting his belly rub. He took a short nap, looked around and went downstairs. A few minutes later i followed him to give him his antibiotic. I find him drooling, hunched over, and gagging. I run to get dressed. Grab him and head to er. It took only minutes to get ready and hospital is five minutes away. He looks horrible. His breaths get shorter apart. I arrive, pick him up and he is almost lifeless. I run into the vet and hand him over. The tech said as soon as he put him on the table he passes.
                    >
                    > I am so sad. He is gone now and all i have is questions. Since the vet said possible cardiomyopathy. I start looking it up today. If that could have been the issue, why the antibiotics? If that was the issue, what do I need to do to prevent his sister getting sick like him? I am so sad and angry. I think I should switch vets, but how to find a good one? I put another cat down at 10 last year with vaccine associated fibrosarcoma. As the vet injected in back instead of legs, I had no option. I thought this is just in my head. But even if he didnt have open breathing, wasnt weight loss, foggy chest xray and murmur enough to do something else or am i just overthinking it? The er did not mention er, but said heart failure can cause what happened to my baby. I am so upset and confused.
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