Anybody have any cats with cardiomyopathy and how does one cope? Management of the disease, etc.
I got a call the other day from Peepers Vet. Gabrielle Herman (the usual vet) had gone over the examination at his annual examination this year and noticed that a heart murmur that has been present in the past was getting louder ( 2 to 3 on a scale of 6). She wants him in in four months to do an ultrasound to see what needs to be done, if anything, as she suspects a cardiomyopathy. Just her saying that, sent me into a day of grieving for a seeming healthy playful cat, well except that he doesn't seem to be able to pass up an annual excursion to the vet emergency for a hairball blockage or something similar.
Anyway I need to know how to cope at the various degrees that may be necessary, so I would appreciate some comment. Also some further information about exactly what ranges of problems this can cause. The only thing I've done so far is to check a vet site for some very general information (not to helpful) about what this is.
Larry Osborne
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Anybody have any cats with cardiomyopathy and how does one cope? Management of the disease, etc. I got a call ... is to check a vet site for some very general information (not to helpful) about what this is. Larry Osborne

Larry!! I've no advice but wanted to know that we're purring for Peepers.

Karen
Try this. Lots of information:
http://tinyurl.com/vxmh
Lauren

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Anybody have any cats with cardiomyopathy and how does one cope?Management of the disease, etc. I got a call the ... is to check a vet site for some very general information (not to helpful) about what this is. Larry Osborne

Take a deep breath, Larry, it's not necessarily an immediate death sentence. I have a cat with HCM. He's had it for 4.25 years now, and is doing absolutely fine, touch wood. He just needs daily meds (one tablet), and annual heart ultrasounds. Don't wait for the ultrasound, get it done ASAP, preferably by a feline cardiologist, because if Peepers needs meds, then the sooner you start them, the better for the heart.
Some basic info (and a picture of my HCM cat):
http://www.felinecrf.org/related diseases.htm#HCM1

HTH
Helen
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Thanks. It is beginning to feel like there may be more grounds for hope than I originally thought. I've got to go the vet to pick up some CET Chews tomorrow so if his primary Vet is not in I will leave a message for her to contact me. Trouble is I can only go on weekends until late April or early May because of work demands and I don't know when the ultrasound is used.

Larry Osborne
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might still be possible, my cat's cardiologist insists my cat arrives first thing, and then they do various tests at their leisure once they think he is relaxed; so you might find you also don't need to have a specific appointment time, and can just drop him off first thing and collect him on your way home.
HTH
Helen
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I won't know until I can speak with Gabrielle about required timing. However it works out I know Smudge will try to make this fake replacement of Peepers miserable for a few days afterward..
Larry Osborne
Hi Larry and Peepers!
Just thought you both would like to know that YahooGroups have a discussion forum called "Feline Heart" ... there's a lot of us sad people on there doing our best to help our kitties and sharing info, so it might be a good group to join.
Licks and purrs from my sick babies to your Peeper :-)

Catherine
I may go looking for it later. Right now I've given the vet a series of dates and now she is looking to see if the tech can be available on any of those days at the vet clinic. I want to see just how bad it is.
I look at Peepers and it is hard to imagine a cat that is less likely to have a heart problem. He is extremely alert and active, running and playing about, eating with a good appetite ( probably better than this grazer ever has in the past as he was for the first time in his life ever so slightly above his ideal weight. Just enough to consider a diet regime that might work to bring Smudge, his sister, down without pushing him back underweight).

I am beginning to hope that while he has a murmur that is getting louder either it is because the examining vet overrated the volume and there is little to worry about or we are so early in the process of worsening that medication may be able to hold this at bay for many years. (I hope, I'll know for sure later.)
Larry Osborne
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