Prevent Cat's Sudden Death Due To Heart Disease

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  1. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Unfortunately I found out too late that heart disease in cats is quite common and often asymptomatic until a fatal event occurs. My 10 year old cat Winston was acting fine most of the day and when I came in from taking care of the chickens I found him lying on his side unable to move his back legs and meowing in pain. Upon examination the vet at urgent care said he had classic signs of heart disease in which a blood clot forms and gets lodged in the artery supplying the hind quarters. It is actually a congenital heart problem and American Short Hairs, Maine Coons and various other breeds are predisposed to the problem particularly males. Sadly once a large clot gets lodged and blocks both legs there is not a good treatment. The vet said that research into trying to break down the clots or do surgery has not proven successful. The blocked blood flow then brings on congestive heart failure within minutes. Winston was panting because his heart was unable to get adequate oxygen to his body. He was in serious pain and the vet said the only option for most of these cases is to put the cat down. Winston got an injection of pain medicine before we said good bye to him, but his breathing was obviously labored and you could hear the crackling in his lungs due to the congestive heart failure. I will miss him so much. Winston was very loving- he asked to be cuddle. He would look at me with his soulful eyes while kneading with his grey paws, then plop himself down on my lap and absorb all the stress and strain out of me.

    His brother who is also very sweet in his own way could also be predisposed. Upon doing some searching on the internet, it turns out that there are effective treatments to prevent the progression of heart disease that are not expensive, so I will be taking him into the vet soon to find out more. Here is a link with some info for those who want to find out more:

    http://www.portlandvetspecialists.com/library/heartdisease4.html

    WINSTON (gray) and MATISSE (black and white)

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  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh well, I suppose no one will look at this post anyhow - this is a very big chicken forum after all, but I put up a pic of Winston on MY BYC PAGE for my own satisfaction and I am trying to figure out how to paste a link in MY PAGE to post the info on cat heart disease. For some reason it says my browser does not support paste when editing MY PAGE. [​IMG]
     
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  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm so sorry about Winston. I know well how they crawl into your heart and how heartwrenching it is to see them suffering, as they look deep into your eyes with trust and angst, and how it is to want to make it all better for them and to sometimes be powerless in the face of grave illness. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  4. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry about Winston. [​IMG] It's been a few years since losing my girl and still can't really talk about it. They hold a special part in our hearts forever. [​IMG]
     
  5. definetlydeb

    definetlydeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Sorry!! That is all I can say, Hugs and prayers sent your way!!! I know how attached I am to my pets, and can def feel your pain.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the understanding.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm so sorry, I understand the shock and heartache.

    I lost a 7 month old kitten to the exact same thing, a few years ago.

    Imp- Winston & Matisse are beautiful cats
     
  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Oh a huge soppy [​IMG] (soppy cause I am [​IMG] )



    I am so sorry for your pain.



    Wish I could help with the browser thingie - I am all thumbs with computers [​IMG]
     
  9. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I lost a 7 month old kitten to the exact same thing, a few years ago.

    I didn't realize that it could affect cats so young - its sad.

    As far as the MY PAGE edits, I'll figure it out, if I put the time into it. - Thanks​
     
  10. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Scratch- A week ago I lost my year old girl to what I think was a heart attack. It is dreadful to lose them. [​IMG] to you. Winston was beautiful.
     

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