Possible heart problems with the newest addition to my family

Possible heart problems with the newest addition to my family

by Brandy
(Edmonton, Alberta)

Buster as an infant. (we rescued him and his pregnant mother from the alley)

Buster as an infant. (we rescued him and his pregnant mother from the alley)

Buster as an infant. (we rescued him and his pregnant mother from the alley) Buster

It wasn't just February that I was having a problem with my eldest cat Cookie and you all were very helpful. This time my poor Buster is the one with the problem.

I've been noticing more and more that my baby gets winded very easy. I couldn't play with him with the laser pointer for more than 1 minute before he was panting heavy like we were playing hard for 15 minutes.

When I called the Vet she told me to bring him in right away to check his heart and lungs. I will also mention when he was young he had a slight heart murmur. Every 15 beats there would be a woosh sound but she did tell us that when he got his neuter that was gone and listening now it was still gone.

She ruled out any lung difficulties but said the behavior must mean a heart condition or problem. We have sent away for blood tests to check for a few things and to check if the heart is producing stress proteins.

Any idea what we might be bracing ourselves for? My partner and I agreed that we will not be doing anything drastic that if the solution isn't simple we will just be doing our best to give him the longest life we can. Buster is going to be 7 months old next week.

Brandy


Hi Brandy... nice to hear from you again but the circumstances are not so good.

Your vet has done the work so I would be loath to add a comment.

On the basis that this is a heart condition, the most common cause of heart disease is HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).

I have a page or two on this subject as Bengal cats are prone to it.

Treatment for HCM is drug treatment and restricting the cat's activity levels. The drugs relax the heart and make it work more efficiently. They prolong the cat's life.

You vet will prescribe drugs if suitable.

Another form of cat heart disease is dilated cardiomyopathy. This can be caused by a lack of taurine in the cat's diet. Taurine is an essential amino acid. Rice in cat food can affect taurine metabolism it is thought.

Good luck and please give us an update if you can find the time.

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Jun 01, 2011 Update
by: Brandy

Hello,

so we got all the test results back. They show I have a perfectly healthy cat. Not the answer I was expecting. My vet is not sure what to tell me. She said she did some research and apparently in a small % of young cats this kind of panting is normal. She said some suggest shaving the kitty to help as its more of a overheating problem.

Short of it actually being normal it still leaves on the table a heart condition or a lung problem. She said that his lungs sound very good every time he has been in the vet and his heart has also been sounding good. (the Heart protein test showed the heart is currently not stressed)

So that's where I am with this problem. I think i will try shaving my baby to see if that helps him at all. The vet let us know that we don't have to change anything and can continue to play with him just making sure that we let up as soon as he starts panting.

Please feel free to make any other suggestions.



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