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Re: [FH] Re: HCM and young cats

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  • rspillman@aol.com
    In a message dated 11/26/2002 5:27:23 AM Eastern Standard Time, ... Hi Lois, let me see if I can answer a few of your questions. Leggo is a Maine Coon, and he
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      In a message dated 11/26/2002 5:27:23 AM Eastern Standard Time,
      ljones432@... writes:

      > I would like to know if your kittie
      > 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
      > diagnosed?


      Hi Lois,

      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
      about HCM.

      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"

      Rose








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