Cat dying ? Heart problem. Need advice (and comfort too)

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

*hugs* I don’t really have advice for you, but I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. They own such a huge piece of your heart. Just love your kitty as much as you can for as long as you have it 🙂

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Aww, im sorry your going through this. Your vet is right, there is no reason to feel guilty. Even if he was x rayed earlier, it would not change anything. Unfortunatley there is no cure forheart failure.

Not being able to heal your cat is the worst feeling in the world. You can only do what you can do. There are medications that can make the heart beat more effectivley and keep the fluid out of his lungs. The cardiologist will get him on all the right meds. i know its hard, but try not to focus on how long he has left, and enjoy your time with him. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m sorry, sweetie. My cat has terminal kidney failure, and she’s 17 years old. I know how it feels to be in that boat. My advice is to just continue loving your cat and keeping him as comfortable as possible. Wait and see what your cardiologist vet has to say next week. Hopefully medications will help your little guy live many good years.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Wait until you get a more definitive diagnosis (and prognosis) from the cardiologist before you completely panic, (easier said than done, I know!).  Our cat had a heart murmur and lived for probably another 8-10 years after being dianosed, (I know a heart murmur is pretty mild on the scale of heart problems, but don’t give up hope just yet!).

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Oh I’m so sorry. 🙁 my dog had fluid on the lungs and heart problems. She had to have multiple (expensive) pills every day for the rest of her life which helped ease the anxiety and difficulty which came with it. it also extended her life by probably 2 years. 

I dont know if it is similar or if anything come be done but I feel for you and I hope things get better. Try not to do too much googling in the mean time.  Sorry again. 🙁 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m so sorry you are having to go through this.  My two kitties are my world and this is just devastating news.  Hopefully the vets can get him on the right meds to help him feel better, and just focus on making sure you are giving him the best life possible for whatever time he has left.  {{HUGS}} 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@NauticalDisaster:  I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this, I know it’s stressful, devastating and exhuasting!  Just hang in there until you go to the cardiologist, he may be able to give you more information to answer your questions.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@NauticalDisaster:  I’m so sorry. I hope the specialist has some better news for you, or at least some options. I can’t even imagine – what devestating news!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My cat had a severe heart murmur and an enlarged heart and lived to be 20. However…since your kitty is already showing pretty pronounced symptoms, I would still try to be prepared if there is not good news. I’m sorry.  🙁

Post # 13
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Busy bee

@NauticalDisaster:  Oh sweetie, I’m sorry.  I’m thinking of patients I cared for with heart disease or an enlarged heart, and while they’re not “actively dying”as in immediately, their life is significantly affected, and their life expectancy is definitely reduced.

This means: celebrate every day with your kitteh.  Give them tons of catnip, hell, go outside with them if you have a patio and let them sniff the outside air.  Cuddle them tons.  Hopefully you’ll have another year, maybe, and in that year you can take so many ridiculous photos of them that you’ll never forget them!  Go out and buy a party hat and take a pic of their crankiest “why is this on my head” face…

In all seriousness though, it sounds like your kitty means the world to you and I’m so sorry.  Your kitty certainly is lucky though, to have such a caring and empathetic human…make sure to enjoy the time you have together.  🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m so sorry! I love my cat and I help take care of other cats in my family, one who recently almost passed due to DKA, which was scary…..and costly. Bad news is always hearbreaking, but enjoy your kitty, please, do what you can for him, chances are theyw ill put him on some water pills to reduce the extra fuid, help him live more comfortably, help his heart work not so hard. You could still have much more time left. I used to have such a hard time when I wuld get bad news about my kitties, I would almost not want to look at them or be around them anymore beause it broke my heart they woulnd’ tbe around for much longer, but you have every reason to hope there is still time left to enjoy with your kitty.

good luck! 

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