- 5 years ago
Long story short. A few months ago, cat A sneezes and makes weird noises with his nose, as if it was obstructed. It came and went for weeks. Cat A already had rhino-virus twice in its life, so I checked for colored discharges from his eyes or nose but saw nothing. Brought it to the vet, vet didn’t see or hear anything unusual, she prescribed anti-inflammatory for a week.
A week later, cat B starts to cough. A mucus-sounding cough, and he licked himself a lot while coughing as if he was eating discharge or something. Brought cat B to the vet, again she didn’t hear or see anything wrong, but I had filmed cat B coughing on my Ipad and showed it to her. She said it could be many things, from inflammatory lungs to asthma to heart problems. We started by giving antibiotics to both cat A and B (since anti-inflammatory failed to relieve its nose) in case it was a bacteria. It seemed to relieve cat B in the middle of the 10-day treatments, he coughed a lot less. The day the medications were over, it continued. And it got worse. So even though I really didn’t have the money for X-rays, it broke my heart and after 5 days I went back to the vet, today.
Bad news. His heart is huge and it doesn’t look good. It has trouble functioning, so it accumulated water in its lungs and that’s why he was coughing. I started crying and the vet told me not to feel guilty, we’ve been looking at the wrong places and with cat A added to the mix, we couldn’t know right away about cat B’s condition, the next thing we both suspected was asthma, but thanks to X-Rays, she was able to find what was wrong.
I asked her if my cat was dying ? She said no, but he won’t live 20 years (he’s 7). I’ve read online about heart conditions in cats, and the prospectives say otherwise : most cats will die within 6 to 12 months after being diagnosed. It breaks my heart, I cannot stop crying. I’ll go to a cardiologist-vet next week, but I don’t even know if this will change anything. I mean, from now on, nothing can heal my cat, the only thing medication will do is make him feel better until his heart lets go, right ?
Of course I want my cat to feel better. But I don’t know … I wish people would tell me their cat lived longer than that, with the right medicines. Just to give me hope.