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  • Diane
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 11, 2000
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      >Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 14:03:18 EDT
      >Subject: I'm new...and I have a question
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      >Hello to all who read this. I am new to this site, and have spent this
      >morning trying to find some sort of help or comfort. I have a very sick
      >little cat, and I'm not ready to give up on her without a fight.
      >
      >I have a fifteen year old Siamese mix, who was diagnosed with HCM yesterday.
      >She was perfectly fine up until then (or so I thought), which makes this such
      >a shock. I left to visit a friend, and when I came home, she was vomiting
      >and falling down.
      >
      >The vet pulled 84 ml of fluid out of her chest, and did the tests necessary
      >to find out that her heart is enlarged and failing on the left side. After
      >about 20 hours of testing and observation, she was allowed to go home. The
      >only problem is that she is so lethargic and without appetite, I'm worried
      >that she'll pass on without letting the drugs do their work.
      >
      >She has been prescribed Lasix and Cardizem, and has a follow up visit with
      >the cardiologist next Tuesday... but my question is: how do I get her to
      >eat???
      >
      >I've been trying everything I can think of to get her to eat, and she picks
      >at things here and there, but that's about it. Plus the fact that she's a
      >tiny cat, and with her newest bout of weight loss, only weighs 5.5 lbs.
      >
      >I'm hoping that someone can give me some ideas to try. The doctor gave me
      >some prescription foods, but she doesn't want anything to do with them.
      >Right now, I'm desperate!
      >
      >Any thoughts would be so greatly appreciated!
      >
      >Thanks to you all...
    • Jonathan Rosenberg
      ... Welcome to the group. Sorry that you need to be here, however. You re definitely at the right place for non-quitters! ... Unfortunately, this is common
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 11, 2000
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        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: Diane [mailto:diane@...]
        > Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 2:21 PM
        > To: feline-heart@egroups.com
        > Subject: [feline-heart] Fwd: I'm new...and I have a question

        > >Hello to all who read this. I am new to this site, and have spent this
        > >morning trying to find some sort of help or comfort. I have a very sick
        > >little cat, and I'm not ready to give up on her without a fight.

        Welcome to the group. Sorry that you need to be here, however. You're
        definitely at the right place for non-quitters!

        > >I have a fifteen year old Siamese mix, who was diagnosed with HCM
        > >yesterday. She was perfectly fine up until then (or so I thought), which
        > >makes this such a shock. I left to visit a friend, and when I came home,
        > >she was vomiting and falling down.

        Unfortunately, this is common in cats. Often the first sign of a probelm is
        a severe condition (it is not uncommon for death to be the first sign of a
        problem).

        BTW: we also have an appriox 15 year-old siamese mix with a bad heart (we're
        not sure how old he is since we only adopted him 4 months ago).

        > >The vet pulled 84 ml of fluid out of her chest, and did the tests
        > >necessary to find out that her heart is enlarged and failing on the left
        > >side.

        What tests did he use to diagnose this? As far as I know, the only
        definitive test for this is an ultrasound. Did he diagnose her with HCM
        (thickened walls) or DCM (enlarged heart)?

        BTW: Lynx (our siamese mix) has DCM.

        > >After about 20 hours of testing and observation, she was allowed to go
        > >home. The only problem is that she is so lethargic and without appetite,
        > >I'm worried that she'll pass on without letting the drugs do their work.

        Have you asked the vet about this? Maybe others can comment on whether the
        drugs can cause this lack of appetite (I have no experience with this)?

        > >She has been prescribed Lasix and Cardizem, and has a follow up visit
        > >with the cardiologist next Tuesday...

        I think it's really important to get her looked at by a specialist. Any
        chance you can get her there sooner?

        > . . .

        > >Any thoughts would be so greatly appreciated!

        I wish I had advice for her inappetance, but I'm sure others will.

        > >Thanks to you all...

        Please keep us informed. Your girl will be in my prayers.

        --
        JR
        & Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx
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