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I am beginning to hope that while he has a murmur that is getting louder either it is because the ... that medication may be able to hold this at bay for many years. (I hope, I'll know for sure later.)

Think of it this way: if it does turn out to be cardiomyopathy, think how lucky you are to catch it early. The prognosis for a cat that is showing no symptoms is generally excellent. I've heard of cats with mild cases that never get any worse. Good luck.
I may go looking for it later. Right now I've given the vet a series of dates and now she ... worsening that medication may be able to hold this at bay for many years.(I hope, I'll know for sure later.)

The first most people know about their cat having cardiomyopathy is that the cat drops dead. Often when the cat is running around and generally acting normal. You are being given the chance to get it diagnosed early (if indeed it is present) and thereby avoid that horrible scenario, yet to be honest, you seem to me to be making excuses about getting this looked into (e.g. saying the other cat won't like his smell when he returns from the vet; that happens to anybody whose cat goes to the vet for any reason, people just deal with it). Denial is not going to help Peepers if he does have HCM, meds are. And if he doesn't, the sooner you find out, the sooner you can relax and put the worry behind you.
Me, I'm forever grateful that we got our boy diagnosed in time.

Incidentally, I don't recommend joining the feline heart list because it has open archives which increase the risk of spam. However, since the archives are open, you can read them without joining.
Helen
I may go looking for it later. Right now I've ... heart problem. He is extremely alert and active, running and

playing

about, eating with a good appetite ( probably better than ... may be able to hold this at bay for manyyears.

(I

hope, I'll know for sure later.)

The first most people know about their cat having cardiomyopathy is thatthe cat drops dead. Often when the cat is ... archives which increase the risk of spam. However, since the archives are open, you can read them without joining. Helen

After a week of playing telephone tag and voicemail confusion with the vet, I've got a date set up for the ultrasound. If he has cardiomyopathy, I will know soon and deal with it. I will however continue to hope that this whole thing is something else much less drastic until I get a report from the vet that it is cardiomyopathy.
There is a difference between hope and denial. With hope you may wish for the best but take steps to see what is going on and keep yourself open to do what is necessary. With denial you avoid taking the steps that are actually necessary.
Thanks for the information about the Yahoo Group.
Larry Osborne
After a week of playing telephone tag and voicemail confusion with thevet, I've got a date set up for the ... that thiswhole thing is something else much less drastic until I get a report from thevet that it is cardiomyopathy.

I'm glad you have an appointment set up. I hope it isn't HCM too, but if it is, it is often very treatable.
There is a difference between hope and denial. With hope you may wish for the best but take steps to see what is going on and keep yourself open todo what is necessary. With denial you avoid taking the steps that areactually necessary.

Yes, good point.
Please keep us posted
Helen
Incidentally, I don't recommend joining the feline heart list because it has open archives which increase the risk of spam. However, since the archives are open, you can read them without joining.

Hi Helen,
I'm curious about this statement. I have recently joined many Yahoo groups, but don't ever post. So I would think the archives do not have my email address and I wouldn't be likely to get on spammers lists. But in reality, I'm getting spammed to death, and perhaps this is the reason? Just wondering aloud, really.
mg
Incidentally, I don't recommend joining the feline heart list because ... the archives are open, you can read them without joining.

Hi Helen, I'm curious about this statement. I have recently joined many Yahoogroups, but don't ever post. So I would ... lists. But in reality, I'm getting spammed to death, and perhaps this is the reason? Just wondering aloud, really. mg

Check to see if the lists you are on have open membership lists. If they do, there is your answer. Although yahoogroups munges addresses, it doesn't take a genius to work out that joebloggs@a... is likely to be an aol address, for example.
If you are in the USA, you should also check your marketing preferences. Go to this link:
http://edit.my.yahoo.com/config/eval profile
log in, and click on Edit Your Marketing Preferences. You may find they are set to "yes please, send me lots of spam". If so, you need to change them.

HTH
Helen
If you're posting your real email addy on this newsgroup, that's probably one of the big reasons you're getting spam. I had to cancel my old yahoo! email account because it was getting spammed so badly, and I'm almost positive that's why.
I wonder if Yahoo even pays attention to this. I have mine set but I still get tons of spam at my Yahoo address.
Lauren

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This is not a response to this particular item but a report regarding the original message. I had to cancel Peepers Ultrasound this week. I had a heart attack and had to leave the cats in the apartment. I left food and water enough to last a few days and while I was in the hospital one of the attemding cardiologists helped get ahold of the superintendents office and got a promise that if I faxed a signed letter letting them enter to feed and water the cats that they would do so.

So we faxed the permission. There was enough food and water left to last to the end of Wednesday so I wasn't worried. They let me out Thursday late afternoon today and when I got home I found that my cats had NOT been fed or watered. The feed was gone and there was very little water remaining. I fed them quickly and put out fresh water which they both dug right in. They ate all their wet food and then completely ate up enough dry food to normally last a day.

I put out some more dry food and they have slowed down (especially Peepers) their consumption. It could have ended badly, if I had been held in the hospital longer. Got me mad enough to have to use my (new) nitro. I've since calmed down somewhat, I can't afford to get that angry right now and still be here for my 2 cats.
I'll contact the vet Friday to make another appointment for ultrasound for Peepers, hopefully within the week. This sucks.
Larry Osborne

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