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  • r.j.glynn@herts.ac.uk
    I think everyone has already said it all. It s as if HCM cats are so special we can t be spoilt by having them for too long. I lost my cat Chester a month ago
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 10, 2003
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      I think everyone has already said it all.

      It's as if HCM cats are so special we can't be spoilt by having them for
      too long. I lost my cat Chester a month ago and have resigned myself to the
      fact that it was meant to be and nothing I could have done would have made
      a difference. We just have to remember that we couldn't have loved them
      more

      Rachel
      On Feb 8 2003, Amy Barrett wrote:

      >
      >
      > Dear friends,
      > I have been relatively quiet on this group for a long
      > time. My kitty Cecil was diagnosed with Primary HCM in
      > June of last year. He has been doing very well, and
      > has never suffered many of the ailments some of your
      > cats have. I have read with dismay many of the sad
      > messages posted by those of you who have had such hard
      > times with your kitties, but have not commented many
      > times. I had a very difficult time dealing with
      > Cecil's diagnosis. He was a white Devon Rex and I got
      > him when he was four months old. I truly believe that
      > he and I were meant to be together. As Devons usually
      > are, he was very loyal and bonded to me as his
      > guardian. He also bonded with my fiance Steven, but
      > with no one else.
      > Yesterday evening Cecil threw a clot which caused his
      > back legs to become paralyzed. He spent last night at
      > the emergency vet on oxygen, and all day today at his
      > regular vet, being treated with Heparin, pain
      > medication, his regular heart meds, and oxygen. We
      > were going to wait out tonight to see if he got
      > better, but unfortunately, he died around 5:00 p.m. We
      > had stepped out to get a bite to eat, having not eaten
      > or slept hardly in the past 24 hours. We went back to
      > the vet and held him, and said our goodbyes.
      > A more special, inquisitive, intelligent, interesting,
      > funny and sweet cat never lived, in my opinion. I will
      > miss him so much. Our home seems very empty tonight.
      > Please hold on to your kitties, do all you can for
      > them, and love them. That's all any of us can do.
      > In memory of my friend and companion, Cecil.
      > Amy Barrett
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    • Amy Barrett
      I want to thank all of you for your kind thoughts and words. Many of you know what I ve been going through the past few days, and it truly does help to have
      Message 2 of 6 , Feb 10, 2003
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        I want to thank all of you for your kind thoughts and
        words. Many of you know what I've been going through
        the past few days, and it truly does help to have
        those of you out there that understand this disease
        and its effect on our kitties.

        To Barbara who has just gotten the diagnosis:
        It sounds like deja vu to me. I had the exact same
        experience and confusion when Cecil was diagnosed. If
        you can, find a specialist who can monitor the
        progression and specific characteristics of Boy's
        disease. Cecil was put on diltiazem at first, but he
        had a "gallop" rhythm and was switched to Atenolol. He
        also took enalapril to help with the scarring of the
        ventricular wall, lasix to help with fluid build-up, a
        potassium supplement to help his kidneys deal with the
        lasix, and 81mg aspirin every three days. Although
        cats do not metabolize aspirin well, every three days
        is fine, according to the specialist who treated
        Cecil. Actually, he felt better on his "aspirin days"
        as I called them. His blood seemed to flow easier.
        Also, watch for weather patterns. When barometric
        pressure drops, your cat may feel more lethargic.
        Don't panic if that happens. I would add an additional
        dose of lasix on those days, which seemed to help.
        You will come to terms with the diagnosis in time.
        Just do the best you can for your cat and hope the
        disease hasn't progressed too far. I think the best
        thing we did for Cecil was to treat him as if he
        weren't sick. We babied him, of course, but I also
        allowed him to run, play, jump, wrestle with my other
        cat, etc. I wanted him to have the best days he could
        have. Cecil felt so good on most days, that it seemed
        as if he were not sick at all, although his HCM had
        continued to get worse. I used to worry about him
        throwing a blood clot and worry that I wouldn't be
        home when it happened. The best advice my vet ever
        gave me was to GO ON WITH MY LIFE the best I could, do
        the best I could with Cecil, and continue living.
        Although it permeated my thoughts every day, I did not
        let it rule my life, or Cecil's life. After Cecil
        passed away on Friday, his vet called on Saturday and
        told me these words... "don't ever think you didn't do
        everything you could for him. You could not have done
        anything to change the outcome. If you ever have
        feelings of guilt crop up, set them aside. You loved
        him. You cared for him. You took every precaution you
        could. That was all you could do."
        I'd like to reiterate those words to you now. I
        understand how sad and confused your are. We will be
        thinking of you, and feel free to e-mail this group as
        often as needed. Everyone here understands.
        Amy
        --- r.j.glynn@... wrote:
        > I think everyone has already said it all.
        >
        > It's as if HCM cats are so special we can't be
        > spoilt by having them for
        > too long. I lost my cat Chester a month ago and have
        > resigned myself to the
        > fact that it was meant to be and nothing I could
        > have done would have made
        > a difference. We just have to remember that we
        > couldn't have loved them
        > more
        >
        > Rachel
        > On Feb 8 2003, Amy Barrett wrote:
        >
        > >
        > >
        > > Dear friends,
        > > I have been relatively quiet on this group for a
        > long
        > > time. My kitty Cecil was diagnosed with Primary
        > HCM in
        > > June of last year. He has been doing very well,
        > and
        > > has never suffered many of the ailments some of
        > your
        > > cats have. I have read with dismay many of the sad
        > > messages posted by those of you who have had such
        > hard
        > > times with your kitties, but have not commented
        > many
        > > times. I had a very difficult time dealing with
        > > Cecil's diagnosis. He was a white Devon Rex and I
        > got
        > > him when he was four months old. I truly believe
        > that
        > > he and I were meant to be together. As Devons
        > usually
        > > are, he was very loyal and bonded to me as his
        > > guardian. He also bonded with my fiance Steven,
        > but
        > > with no one else.
        > > Yesterday evening Cecil threw a clot which caused
        > his
        > > back legs to become paralyzed. He spent last night
        > at
        > > the emergency vet on oxygen, and all day today at
        > his
        > > regular vet, being treated with Heparin, pain
        > > medication, his regular heart meds, and oxygen. We
        > > were going to wait out tonight to see if he got
        > > better, but unfortunately, he died around 5:00
        > p.m. We
        > > had stepped out to get a bite to eat, having not
        > eaten
        > > or slept hardly in the past 24 hours. We went back
        > to
        > > the vet and held him, and said our goodbyes.
        > > A more special, inquisitive, intelligent,
        > interesting,
        > > funny and sweet cat never lived, in my opinion. I
        > will
        > > miss him so much. Our home seems very empty
        > tonight.
        > > Please hold on to your kitties, do all you can for
        > > them, and love them. That's all any of us can do.
        > > In memory of my friend and companion, Cecil.
        > > Amy Barrett
        > > =====
        > > Amy Barrett
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        > >
        > >
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      • amybarrett_us <amybarrett_us@yahoo.com>
        Hey all, I wanted to thank everyone again for the kind words of sympathy and encouragement after Cecil s passing. I posted a picture to the photos section of
        Message 3 of 6 , Feb 11, 2003
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          Hey all,
          I wanted to thank everyone again for the kind words of sympathy and
          encouragement after Cecil's passing.

          I posted a picture to the photos section of the group, if you would
          like to see what he looks like.

          Peace to all,
          Amy, Steven, Tobe and Angel Cecil
        • Sandy
          Cecil is 11 years old and has Acromegly. He was just DX with HCM, after going into CHF.  He bounced back quickly and is doing fine. He is on Lasix, Cardizam
          Message 4 of 6 , Jan 24, 2009
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            Cecil is 11 years old and has Acromegly. He was just DX with HCM, after going into CHF.  He bounced back quickly and is doing fine. He is on Lasix, Cardizam and Benzaprile. I hope that he can stay healthy for awhile.  I just don't know how quickly they slide down hill.  Sometimes, I worry that I will find him dead when I get home.  I hate this DX! Poor kittie, first the Acro then this!
             
            Sandy and Cecil

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          • Judi Levens
            I felt just the same way when Max was DX with HCM at the beginning of October, 2007...but, he is still doing great. Takes enalapril and lasix and CQ10 and
            Message 5 of 6 , Jan 24, 2009
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              I felt just the same way when Max was DX with HCM at the beginning of October, 2007...but, he is still doing great. Takes enalapril and lasix and CQ10 and nattozyne and seems to be healthy and happy. We know that they can go at any time, but knowing this makes their time really special...we enjoy every day together and I feel so close to him now that it will be even much harder to let him go when his time comes, but we're not thinking about that; just enjoying every day. You will get used to the DX and hopefully Cecil will do well (Max is 12.5 yrs) with it. I don't know anything about Acromegly, so I don't know how they work together, but I will be hoping that you and Cecil both adjust and flourish with his disease...good luck...Judi and Max

              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.comFrom: sanrun@...: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 11:02:06 -0800Subject: [FH] Cecil



              Cecil is 11 years old and has Acromegly. He was just DX with HCM, after going into CHF. He bounced back quickly and is doing fine. He is on Lasix, Cardizam and Benzaprile. I hope that he can stay healthy for awhile. I just don't know how quickly they slide down hill. Sometimes, I worry that I will find him dead when I get home. I hate this DX! Poor kittie, first the Acro then this! Sandy and Cecil[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]






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            • elfinmyst@aol.com
              Hello Sandy I am sorry to hear that Cecil has HCM. No one can predict a prognosis and some cats manage very well for years. My Trixi was diagnosed at 13 weeks
              Message 6 of 6 , Jan 25, 2009
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                Hello Sandy

                I am sorry to hear that Cecil has HCM. No one can predict a prognosis and
                some cats manage very well for years. My Trixi was diagnosed at 13 weeks old,
                was given 2 months to live and is now two and a half years!! Cats don't know
                what the cardiologist says, or they do and are determined to show differently!!
                Love Cecil every day. No one cna ever know what is going to happen, but with
                meds and supplements (I use Cardio S) they can live a long life.

                It's fantastic that the drugs worked for him!

                Lyn:)

                _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)


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