I am in the middle of my business trip and my dear mother is taking
diligent care of Munger. He saw another vet on Tuesday who reported
that he was in pretty good shape in light of his condition, and that
the most important thing was to get him to eat as much and as
frequently as possible between now and the cardiology appt. which,
as you know, is still 1 week away. Munger's thyroid is elevated
(7.9), but not enough for the vet to think it has anything to do
with his CM. She wants the cardiologist to evaluate the thyroid in
conjunction with the echocardiogram and make the decision how to
Just now, my mother reported that she is unable to get Munger to eat
or drink much of anything at all today (but that he seems very
content and comfortable -- not in any distress). Mother called the
vet (#2) who said we could force-feed and/or try sub-q if we wanted
to keep him hanging on. But both vets that he's seen have implied
that doing all this isn't going to do much good -- the CM is going
to win. Both vets seem pretty certain (w/o an echo-cg) that Munger
has the dialated kind of CM. And from what I've read online about
that one, the prognosis is not good, despite intensive therapy.
So, I guess I'm questioning whether or not to put Munger through
force feeding and/or sub-qs ... or if that is kind of torturous and
not really going to buy him anything but a short amount of time --
unhappy time -- and semi-unhappy time at that, because I (or someone
else) is doing all this stuff to him.
I am distraught. The cardiololgist is too far away for my mother to
drive the cat to, even if they could get him in earlier (or on an
emergency basis). I think Mother will probably try to syringe some
food into him, and tomorrow she could take him to the vet he saw on
Tuesday, I suppose (it's an hour and a half away) for sub-q. But
there's just the question in all of our minds (mine, mother's, and I
think the two vets that he's seen) about whether there's much point.
Has anyone had a cat with dialated CM who was put on sub-qs and/or
force-fed and then once they got on heart meds the cat went back to
eating on its own? Or is it force-feeding and sub-qs for however
long they have left?
It's so awful to not be there (I get back Tuesday night -- I've
changed my return once already, but I might be able to change it
again and return on Sunday), but I know Munger is getting excellent
care and tons of love from Mother.
I sure would appreciate some input.