Re: [FH] Re: HCM and young cats
- In a message dated 11/26/2002 5:27:23 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> I would like to know if your kittieHi Lois,
> has ever had CHF. Also, what breed is he and was he diagnosed at a
> routine visit to the vet, and what grade murmur did he have when
let me see if I can answer a few of your questions. Leggo is a Maine Coon,
and he never ever had a murmur. His father died suddenly with no explanation
as to why. I had an autopsy done, and there was nothing found that could
give me any indication. It was shortly after his death that I began to hear
Now Leggo, had even undergone surgery to remove an ear polyp, and there was
no indications as to any problem when he was checked over prior to surgery.
One of the Maine Coon breeders in this area had set up one of the first of
many screening clinics, and I signed up to take a few of my cats. The
sudden death of Leggo's father was very indicative of HCM. I feel that if I
had been aware of HCM at the time he might still be alive and probably on
medication. He also never had a murmur, nor showed any kind of problem.
Well, that was where he was diagnosed. I am so glad I went, because I truly
believe that he wouldn't be here today if I hadn't participated in that
clinic. During routine vet visits, no one had ever picked up on a heart
problem, he never had a murmur, there was no indication at all.
Like I said previously, as far as I'm concerned HCM isn't always a death
sentence. With proper medical care and the correct meds, your baby can
continue to thrive and provide you with years of love and happiness. Leggo
is living proof.
Leggo is the king of this house and my heart. He lives a happy normal life,
enjoyed the show hall when he was being shown, the only difference being
every night he has to take 1/2 a pill. No one would ever know this cat had
HCM, unless they were told.
Don't get too discouraged. If you aren't presently dealing with a cardiac
specialist, please find one in your area. My regular vet is wonderful, but
this problem needs a specialist.
And if you ever need to talk to someone please don't hesitate to contact me.
I understand the fears of having a cat diagnosed with HCM, and wondering how
much time you will have with that baby. I also know the joy of hearing the
results of the ultrasound have shown a marked improvement after 4 years.
Good luck to you and your "fur baby"
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