- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
So I have two cats. Both are around the same age. Wallace, my domestic long-hair, just turned 2 years old last week. We originally got him from my friend who had found him on the side of the road when he was 6 months old. He was only 3 lbs and had pneumonia. They got medicine for him and when we took him (they had too much on their hands), we were just at the tail end of his medication. After that, we took him to get neutered at a vet near our home. I am only speculating, but I definitely think he caught something during that visit because 4 days later, he was dying, he was so sick. Vomiting and pooping white mucous, feverish but starting to feel cold, not eating, drinking, etc. We rushed him to a different vet and they feared the worst: panleukopenia – a dangerous virus that kills more than half of kittens who contract it. Two blood tranfusions, a week in the vet, many medications, and a huge debt later, Wally managed to pull through, somehow. I prayed so hard on it. He’s so special to me and when I walked into that room to see him after hearing he was pulling through, he came over and cuddled with me and I felt a bond with him that I’ve never known before (sorry if that sounds strage to some, but it’s true).
Fast forward, we’ve had great memories with Wally. He grew and gained weight – maybe not the muscle mass like normal but he is at a solid weight and plays and eats and loves his younger brother (and newest additon), Newton.
Sorry for the back story, but I tend to feel I need to tell it because Wally has always been considered “special” to us and to our vet. She admits she loves him like he was her own. We took him for his regular checkup the other day and got some sad news. She heard a murmur she hadn’t ever heard before. She recommends calling a cardiologist and getting him an ultrasound to see exactly what is causing it but she fears a disease that develops in male cats age 2-5 called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. She says she hopes it’s just a small hole or something, but if it is this, it can definitely affect their lifespan.
I’m just so heartbroken. I am having flashbacks to when he was so sick and I’m just sad and terrified for him and for his wellbeing. I want him to have a long, good life with us and I know he had poor health as a kitten, but this threatens that and I’m scared.
Wallace has always been an indoor-only cat with us. He is currently on a mix of wet and dry food (dry because financially, I can’t do an “ideal” grade wet-only diet) He is on the Blue Wilderness because it is grain-free and I’m also seeing it has taurine, which is good for the heart.
I just want to know if there are any lifestyle things I can do and be proactive about now. Again, we will be visiting the cardiologist, but we have so save up a bit so it’ll be about a month. The vet mentioned the visit will be about $500 and since we are in the process of moving, we don’t quite have that yet.
Sorry this was incredibly long. I truly appreciate anyone who took the time to read all of it. Any support/prayers/advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated.