Re: my 3 year old cat Pedro
- Hi Gayle
You are dealing with two issues. I would advise you alsto to join the Yahoo
group for UTI but I am not sure of the link. The question is does he block
with infection (antibiotics/painkiller) or because he has crystals
(special diet). Has his urine been tested for crystals?My Toby had that issue and
after we changed him to the wet special diet, his urine blockages became a
thing of the past. If they had continued he was in for surgery to shorten
his penis (last resort)
The heart disease is serious and it is not surprising you didn't know.
Often heart failure is sadly the first sign. My cat takes pimobendan too and is
doing remarkable well. She was diagnosed at 12 weeks and given a few weeks
to live. She is seven years in a few months. I found it a remakarkable
drug for Trixi, however she also has fortekor, atenolol and diuretics. I would
ask for something to reduce clots if I were you, likely lasix. All my HCM
cats take that, I don't want to take the risk. Trixi has had it for 5 years
now. If not, consider nattokinase (with vitamin k removed) which is in the
CoQ at 30mg is very helpful, all mine take it. Its from the health shop,
but be aware you can't stop it suddenly if you start. Most cats here take it.
Remember steroids are a danger to HCM cats and should only be given if
there is absolutely no choice.
Count breaths. Learn to count when Pedro is sleeping and see what is a
normal rate and a normal look. Then you can quickly tell if anything changes
and over 40 is an emergency, over 30 time for the cardiologist/vet to take a
look. Changes like deep intakes, double breaths, open mouth, gasping,
wheezing are always an emergency too.
Last of all, he's still a baby. Let him play and have fun. He hasn't the
first clue he is sick. Don't listen to the prognosis, Trixi has outlived hers
by over 7 years. Each day is a new day and to be enjoyed.
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