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  • willow22596
    Hi Everyone, In May my cat was diagnosed with mild heat disease. One side of his heart I s enlarged, he does not have any murmurs. His blood work came back
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 9, 2014

      Hi Everyone, In May my cat was diagnosed with mild heat disease. One side of his heart I s enlarged, he does not have any murmurs. His blood work came back normal.

      he also has one enlarged kidney.

      He was kind of of diagnosed on accident. He was not eating and I thought he was just under the weather.

      I was shocked.  He is now on meds. He has not really had any signs except on occasion he does not eat and throws up. but the throw up is also a hair ball issue.

      a couple of weeks ago he had a breathing incident where he was panting and I took him to emergency care.

      he just went for his checkup and everything seemed ok.

       

      My question is has anyone had the kidney issue as well. My vet said because of his blood work, he seems to be ok on that front. The heart, just the medicine. I am on constant fear.  Also, do you guys go out and leave your cat for the whole day? I feel awfully guilty and I am afraid something will happen when I am not home.

      any advice would be appreciated.

    • Elfinmyst
      Hi, Did you get diagnosed at a cardiologist? Or by xray? A swollen kidney is unusual, its usually a shrunken kidney when its renal disease, so I`m not sure
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 9, 2014
        Hi, 

        Did you get diagnosed at a cardiologist? Or by xray? A swollen kidney is unusual, its usually a shrunken kidney when its renal disease, so I`m not sure what that means. The blood work was normal and that's excellent, so there's no kidney failure. If you haven't seen a cardiologist, I urge you to get to see one as sson as possible as they can diagnose the exact heart problem. You did well to spot the breathing issue, that's one of the red flags, an increase in rate whilst they are at rest. You need to know what the normal rate at rest is and any changes, that's a risk for heart failure. The medicines will help a lot to control heart failure, but can you tell us if you saw a cardiologist or just has an Xray? The ultrasound scan is vital for heart disease.

        Lyn

        www.furkids-selkirks.com:-)
        Hi Everyone, In May my cat was diagnosed with mild heat disease. One side of his heart I s enlarged, he does not have any murmurs. His blood work came back normal.
        he also has one enlarged kidney.
        He was kind of of diagnosed on accident. He was not eating and I thought he was just under the weather.
        I was shocked.  He is now on meds. He has not really had any signs except on occasion he does not eat and throws up. but the throw up is also a hair ball issue.
        a couple of weeks ago he had a breathing incident where he was panting and I took him to emergency care.
        he just went for his checkup and everything seemed ok.
         
        My question is has anyone had the kidney issue as well. My vet said because of his blood work, he seems to be ok on that front. The heart, just the medicine. I am on constant fear.  Also, do you guys go out and leave your cat for the whole day? I feel awfully guilty and I am afraid something will happen when I am not home.
        any advice would be appreciated.
      • Emily Valentin
        Hi Jamie, Welcome to the group and I m so sorry your kitty was diagnosed. The good thing is that now you know what s wrong and can give him the correct
        Message 3 of 4 , Jul 9, 2014
          Hi Jamie, 

          Welcome to the group and I'm so sorry your kitty was diagnosed. The good thing is that now you know what's wrong and can give him the correct treatment. My cat Tiger also had an enlarged heart. His condition was Dialated cardiomyopathy kinda rare now a days the vet said. Anyway, in order to manage your kitty's heart condition you have to keep track of breathing patterns, give him his medications on time, keep vet visits and love him very much. Your kitty most likely has no clue that he is sick. Let him be a kitty. It's hard to leave them alone but you have to also think about your state of mind. Staying home with them all day would stress you out  and that in turn would stress him out. Be good to yourself in order to be able to help your sweet kitty. 

          Be strong And never stop believing that Your kitty will have a good quality of life. 

          Emily-Forever Tiger's mom 

          Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
          Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
          Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

          "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
        • Cindy Deukmejian
          Don t feel guilty going out.  When my sweet angel Abbey was diagnosed with HCM, I was at the end of a freelance job and then was able to stay with her for the
          Message 4 of 4 , Jul 9, 2014
            Don't feel guilty going out.  When my sweet angel Abbey was diagnosed with HCM, I was at the end of a freelance job and then was able to stay with her for the first couple months of her recovery from heart failure.  When I was ready for my next job, I bought a Dropcam which is a super easy to set up surveillance camera and had it in the room she stayed in the most.  I could then check in on her via my computer or my Iphone anytime I left my home.  It really helped my nerves to check in on her hourly when I was away!  I highly recommend it if you just want reassurance when you are not home.




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