Re: [FH] Follow up on Kitty with HCM, home from the vet clinic, Q's re home care and meds
- Hi --- Atenolol does not contain any sedative, but some kitties on this list have reacted with tiredness when they first started taking it. It should go away over time as Kitty adjusts to the med. It sounds like you're doing everything you can do, you're taking very good care of her. You cannot watch her every second. You have to sleep, and of course go out to buy cat food, etc. All you can do is what you can do. But I would certainly make more shorter trips rather than 1 long one.
I make very good money working from home on the internet -- I can help you do that too if you don't want to go out to work for 8-9 hours at a time. I'd be afraid to leave my kitties for such a long time. Working from home is the perfect solution. Let me know if you'd like some information about that.
take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:39 AM
Subject: [FH] Follow up on Kitty with HCM, home from the vet clinic, Q's re home care and meds
I had posted over a week from Florence, IT or so ago when my 14 year old beloved, Kitty, had a seizure of some sort and lost use of her hind legs adn was soon thereafter diagnosed with a fairly severe case of HCM.
After a traumatic 5 day stay at the clinic, I brought her home a week ago and have been at her side around the clock. Last Friday, I brought her in to the clinic again for a 2nd echography of her heart ( at the suggestion of the leading vet cardioliogist in IT) and her echo was a bit better although I am not 100% sure of what the details were due to language issues.
On Friday this other cardiologist ( a 3rd one who did the 2nd echo) recommended reduction of her medication and told me to watch her very carefully over the next few days to see how she does on the new doses of meds. She was sleeping a lot and eating,drinking on her own and as of today seems a bit cheerier and more playful and awake.
She is now on the following and her pilling times are 9am 4p and 9p:
9a - Ace Inhibotor Vasotop (1/2 pill) and Diuren ( Lasix) - 1/4 pill
4p - Atenolol (1/10th a pill) and Plaviz ( 1/4 pill)
9p - Vasotop ( 1/2 pill) and Atenelolo (1/10th pill)
Pill time remains traumatic and there are no pill pockets available here at pet stores. She is urinating and defocating although I did find some blood ( mucusy) on her stool yesterday but the vet said it could be normal from straining. Her breathing is normal and her appetite is increasing although small meals many times a day.
I am afraid to leave the house ( I live alone). Do you think it's ok given her improvements to leave for a few hours to do errands? Should I be watching for any other signs that she could have another attack/seizure again? Do you know if she will need to keep up with all of these meds forever or will they be tapered off?
I notice that she is perkier in the morning and in the afternoon and evening when I give her the atenolol she sleeps a lot more.Side effect of atenelol? I think she was definitely getting too much at the vet and when she came home as she was completely out of it.
Currently, I am not working and am now afraid to find a job ( if you can believe it) for fear of not being here for her. It is possible for kitties to be maintained and ok after a diagnosis like this? I am so afraid if I leave her something will happen. Now finally getting some sleep myself but only as of a few nights ago. I will do whatever I an for my sweet girl no matter what but just hoping for some further peace of mind understanding that it's a terrible disease and you don't know what can happen from one day to the next.
Thank you all for your support and any insight you can provide.
With much appreciation,
Kitty and Marina
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