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8 Things You Should Know About Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Cats

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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It's the most common heart disease among cats and can be a silent killer, so know what to look for.

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Ljiljana Milic (115)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:21 am
Thank you Cher for this educational article & hope I shall never need to use those information.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:31 am
Also hope I will never need this info. Thank you.

aj E (164)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:35 am
my cat has this, thanks.

pam w (139)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:46 am
Good luck to you, aj E!

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 12:55 pm
Scary. I had a Maine Coone and Ragdoll at the same time and did not have this problem in either. I was very lucky. Although I'm not a guardian to either breed at the moment, they both are my favorites. Right now my cats are all strays and ferals. Most are American shorthair.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 1:47 pm
Thanks for the info.

Dotti L (85)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 2:08 pm
I have never had a cat so was not aware of this condition. I have two friends with and they both have had valve replacements. Thank you for the info.

Sonia M (60)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 2:48 pm
Great post very interesting,thakns for sharing

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:18 pm
Good info thank you.

Barbara V (51)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:26 pm
Very interesting article. Last winter, I had an active, young Bengal whom I found dead behind the kitchen radiator. That was one heck of a shock. He had shown absolutely no symptoms of any kind. My vet said his passing was undoubtedly a heart issue--perhaps the very one described in this article. I still miss him; he was as sweet as he was beautiful.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:10 pm
An informative and interesting read, along with colourful feline photos. Hopefully none of the cats that own me ever come down with this but it is good to know this information.

The thunder is going again, our power went off for several hours today-TV just went out for a second, hopefully no more loss of power - severe thunderstorm watch. The cat that owns me doesn't mind loud storms.

Connie O (44)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:45 pm
thanks for the info

Susan Duncan (25)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:16 pm
In 2002 my husband and I adopted darling brother and sister kittens from our local no-kill shelter. They were tiny, about eight weeks old, but we felt something was not right with the little boy. We took both kittens to a vet who pronounced them healthy. We had them neutered and spayed at just under eight months old and they both made it through the surgery but once again, we just felt the little boy seemed different from his sister in his recovery level.

We had him checked again by a different vet, an internist, who diagnosed asthma. We didn't feel his symptoms fit asthma but tried the prescribed treatment. He didn't seem better, not particularly worse. We took him to a third vet, a board certified Diplomate specialist, who said that it wasn't asthma but a possible lung infection which we didn't believe was the problem but tried the treatment out of growing desperation. After a round of antibiotics, he still seemed the same.

We brought up the possibility of heart issues with all three vets but each one rejected the possibility. Within just a few weeks, we found our beautiful boy gasping for breath, mouth turning blue and virtually limp on the bed. We rushed him to the Emergency Clinic where he died shortly after arrival. He was one year, seven months old. The vet on duty said that it was highly likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We were devastated. With proper treatment, he would have lived longer yet three incompetent vets would not even consider the possibility of this disease. Thankfully, his sister is a very healthy eleven years old today.

Bottom line: If you feel something is not right with a beloved cat, don't assume vets are always right. Be your cat's advocate, his or her voice. No one knows your cat better than you, insist that vet visits be complete and address all fears and possibilities. I wish we had taken our boy to a fourth vet.
We sorely miss our dear, sweet Jake (9/2/02-4/4/04) still......

Kay M (347)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:58 pm
thanks. this is why wellness checkups are important - to find heart murmurs & such before they become serious. there is no cure, but meds can attempt to slow it down.

Sara P (54)
Friday September 13, 2013, 8:28 am
Right today I took my Mia to the vet for the annual visit and vaccination, she's fine, she's fine :))))))
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