Sometimes male cats can’t be neutered for this reason

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Sometimes male cats cannot be neutered. And it is entirely legitimate to leave them unsterilised and “whole”. This occurs when the cat cannot be put under a general anaesthetic. A veterinarian needs to put a male cat under a general anaesthetic to remove their testes. A cat with early-stage hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or any …

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Firefighters and cats rescued from wildfires can suffer from the same disease

Rescued cat from fire

I researched this some time ago but another study has been recently published (July 14, 2022) on the subject. The study itself is very technical but essentially what it is saying is that domestic cats and firefighters can suffer from blood clots and cardiovascular disease as a result of burns and smoke inhalation from …

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) affects 10% of British Shorthairs

Sadly, there are studies, one of which I am reading right now, which confirm that this very popular cat breed (particularly the blue) suffers from a high prevalence of HCM, often of early onset and with a significant male sex predisposition. In other words, male cats are predisposed to get it at a young …

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Cat heart murmur: symptoms and causes plus video of ultrasound testing

A cat with heart disease

It is worthwhile to have a quick look at the causes before setting out cat heart murmur symptoms as it helps to understand the symptoms. It is important to state that I am not a veterinarian. I do know a lot about cats and cat health. The latter information has all been gleaned from …

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I can feel my cat’s heartbeat

Loving a cat

It is quite normal to be able to feel your cat’s heartbeat by placing your hand at the right spot. If the heart rate is very slow it is called bradycardia and if it is too fast it is called trachycardia. When it’s too fast it may disturb the normal sequence of contraction and …

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California’s wildfires that burnt domestic cats also damaged their hearts and caused blood clots

Singed tabby cat rescued from California fires

I was surprised to read a study published on 14 February 2020 on the website which concluded that domestic cats with thermal burn injuries from the California wildfires showed that they had heart disease and blood clots as well. The technical term is that they suffered with myocardial thickening (thickened heart muscle) as …

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Genetic Link Between Elvis Presley And The Bengal Cat!

Elvis was doomed to die young! The Bengal cat is not doomed to die young. However, some Bengal cats carry a genetically inherited trait that gives them a predisposition to a heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Research on one of Elvis Presley’s hair strands that was saved by his barber and which was …

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