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  • snickfly
    Hi everyone, A friend recommended this group to me. I just found out yesterday that my new cat, Charlie (an estimated 4yr old Ragdoll) has HCM. I adopted him
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 24, 2013
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      Hi everyone,

      A friend recommended this group to me. I just found out yesterday that my new cat, Charlie (an estimated 4yr old Ragdoll) has HCM. I adopted him in Feb from the shelter where I volunteer. He had been found as a stray and after initial vet care/shots, he was terrified at the shelter so I decided to bring him home to join my family. He was doing great, although I was having trouble integrating him with my other kitties. He had been to my vet for a check up and a grade 2 murmur was discovered, but everything else was fine. My Vet wanted to monitor the murmur. On Friday, I noted he hadn't eaten much and Friday night he seemed to be breathing rapidly, but I attributed it to the thunderstorm we were having. Saturday morning the breathing was very rapid and shallow. I got him in right away where they did blood work and a chest xray. Bloodwork was all in the normal range but he had fluid in his lungs. They put him on Lasix 2x/day until we could come back when the specialist was in on Tuesday for an ultrasound. There was dramatic improvement with the Lasix overnight. Yesterday was the ultrasound where the specialist diagnosed him with HCM. Said there is some thickening of the septum. Repeat xray showed his lungs were almost clear. We will be continuing the Lasix for now and adding Inderal as soon as it is ready from the compounding pharmacy. (Thankfully Charlie is a breeze to medicate!) He will be having bloodwork again in two weeks to see how he is doing with the meds and a repeat ultrasound in 6 months. Since it is all new to me I would love any tips or suggestions you have. I feel like I watch him like a hawk and am driving myself nuts. My vet said they can give more information on prognosis once he starts meds and by what they see in the next ultrasound. But that many can live 'normal' lives as long as they are monitored. For now, he is to stay isolated from the others to reduce stress and then maybe we can work on reintroducing once we see how he is doing on the meds, etc.

      Thank you for your time. I am just trying to sort through it all!
      Anne
    • ERIC LEE
      Hi,   I can tell you my experience. My Little Guy was diagnosed with HCM about 1 to 1.5 years ago. My vet put him on Atenolol and a 1/2 tablet of baby aspirin
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 24, 2013
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        Hi,
         
        I can tell you my experience. My Little Guy was diagnosed with HCM about 1 to 1.5 years ago. My vet put him on Atenolol and a 1/2 tablet of baby aspirin (40mgs) twice a week . Always check with your vet on baby aspirin because in large doses it can hurt or kill your baby.I also started a supplement called "Cardiostrength". We had an ultrasound done a month ago and the person who wrote the report said he questions if my little guy even has cardiomyopthy. I dont want to give anyone false hope but I want to tell you it is possible for them to get better.
        One thing I want to add about the cardiostrength is have your baby's blood checked form time to time to make sure the potassium levels are ok becuase cardiostrength  does have potassium in it. My baby's potassium is a little high but I wont know until the next blood test if it was caused by the supplement since I just stopped the supplement.
         
        I think you are awesome for rescuing your baby
        Good luck


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        From: snickfly <snickfly@...>
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:57 AM
        Subject: [FH] Charlie was just diagnosed yesterday

         
        Hi everyone,

        A friend recommended this group to me. I just found out yesterday that my new cat, Charlie (an estimated 4yr old Ragdoll) has HCM. I adopted him in Feb from the shelter where I volunteer. He had been found as a stray and after initial vet care/shots, he was terrified at the shelter so I decided to bring him home to join my family. He was doing great, although I was having trouble integrating him with my other kitties. He had been to my vet for a check up and a grade 2 murmur was discovered, but everything else was fine. My Vet wanted to monitor the murmur. On Friday, I noted he hadn't eaten much and Friday night he seemed to be breathing rapidly, but I attributed it to the thunderstorm we were having. Saturday morning the breathing was very rapid and shallow. I got him in right away where they did blood work and a chest xray. Bloodwork was all in the normal range but he had fluid in his lungs. They put him on Lasix 2x/day until we could come back when
        the specialist was in on Tuesday for an ultrasound. There was dramatic improvement with the Lasix overnight. Yesterday was the ultrasound where the specialist diagnosed him with HCM. Said there is some thickening of the septum. Repeat xray showed his lungs were almost clear. We will be continuing the Lasix for now and adding Inderal as soon as it is ready from the compounding pharmacy. (Thankfully Charlie is a breeze to medicate!) He will be having bloodwork again in two weeks to see how he is doing with the meds and a repeat ultrasound in 6 months. Since it is all new to me I would love any tips or suggestions you have. I feel like I watch him like a hawk and am driving myself nuts. My vet said they can give more information on prognosis once he starts meds and by what they see in the next ultrasound. But that many can live 'normal' lives as long as they are monitored. For now, he is to stay isolated from the others to reduce stress and then maybe we
        can work on reintroducing once we see how he is doing on the meds, etc.

        Thank you for your time. I am just trying to sort through it all!
        Anne




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      • elfinmyst
        Hi Anne I am sorry to hear of Charlie. The good news is you caught it quite early, as he was entering heart failure, and he responded well to lasix. Inderal is
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 24, 2013
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          Hi Anne

          I am sorry to hear of Charlie. The good news is you caught it quite early,
          as he was entering heart failure, and he responded well to lasix. Inderal
          is a beta blocker and is often used in early HCM, my Maxi started on a
          similar drug first. That will help stabilise his heart and help him. There are
          other drugs they can add as well when needed. Now there are things you can
          do to help now.

          Start him on CoQ at 30mg. Most of the cats here take it and it helps the
          heart. Read up about it and you can get it as Cardiostrength which is made
          for pets or from the health food store. My heart cats have all been on it for
          years.

          Watch his breathing when he is asleep and note the normal pattern and rate
          per minute. It should be up to 30. Then you can quickly see if it is
          getting worse and act. You are looking for an increased rate, open mouth,
          panting, wheezing, 'double breaths where the stomach seems to pull in twice
          breathing in, sharp breaths with the stomach pulled in tightly. This can be done
          once daily and you'll quickly note anything odd. Up to 40 is caution and
          40+ emergency.

          Don't keep watching him though. He is totally unaware he is ill and wants
          to be a normal cat. He can play and run and eatnormally. If you are stressed
          he will pick up on that and you won't enjoy him. I had a kitten diagnosed
          at 3 months, given 2 months to live who reaches her 7th birthday this year.
          I had Toby with early HCM who died suddenly of liver cancer. It is
          important to enjoy them and be as normal as possible.

          Hope that helps:)

          Lyn

          _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)

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