What can I expect for my cat who has heart disease?
August 25, 2008 6:31 AM Subscribe
My cat has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. What can I expect?
posted by bluesky43 to Pets & Animals (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am looking for any Mefites who have had cats with similar conditions or vets who have treated cats with this condition.
Here's the backstory. We took our 10 year old cat to the vet last Friday because of sudden onset heavy breathing that began on Tuesday. The breathing progressed to lethargy and reduced appetite. Based on an X-ray indicating fluid on the lungs, the vet removed 90cc of fluid from one lung and 30cc from the second lung; an ultrasound confirmed the heart disease. Our cat was started on diuretics and beta blockers on Saturday and is still at the vet, possibly to be released today. The cause is likely genetic (common among cats in our area and our particular cat is part Maine Coon Cat, a breed with high incidence of this genetic condition). The vet seemed realistic when I asked him about prognosis and indicated that every case is somewhat different with a different trajectory.
I love my cat -- he is an awesome cat -- but I don't want him to be put through needless pain and suffering. For vets, is treatment likely to be successful? Was treatment successful for your cat? And more importantly, would you do whatever you did for your cat again?