(Closed) Heart Murmur in my cat…Support and advice needed :(

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Go to a cardiologist. My cat just had an echocardiogram today because his heart was found on monday to be 1/3 bigger than it should have been(I took him in fearing bronchitis turns out he was just pooping himself out after running for almost an hour at a time non stop). He had no murmur, arythmia, or other noises so we were told if it was cardiomyopathy it was super early and he would probably live a normal life if we got it looked at ASAP and had it treated. That is what I did the cardiologist confirmed his heart is big, but we also have no heart noises and his heart is very steady. The echo confirmed a very healthy heart one of the strongest they’ve seen. So my little kitty who is tiny only 8 pounds male just has a big heart. We were told he wont have to come back again unless he developes symptoms which they dont think he will they declared his large heart normal sized because it functions normally. He actually had some of the best rythm they’ve ever seen in a cat heart.

 

The echo is painless for your cat. I was in the room for my kitty’s. ITs quick and done in 15 minutes.

 

If he has cardiomyopathy there are a lot of great treatments now that can extend his life or if early enough he can live a full life. So get him in :).

 

I was lucky and I hope you are too that your kitty’s murmur is benign. Many kitties have benign mumurs. I also know though that if I hadnt have gone and spent this money and something happened that was due to heart disease that could have been treated now due to my ignoring it I wouldnt be able to forgive myself. I am very bonded with this little boy like you are to yours. MY fiance had to go with me I was so worried and upset that something major could be wrong. So just go and have him looked at. You cant fight what you dont know, and once you know you can make his life better.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@PonytailKim:  Vets hear a lot of false heart murmurs with cats for some reason. Go to a cardiologist, your vet could very well be wrong.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Also call the cardiologist for major procedures they may offer credit or billing. I considered the credit option but just decided to pay the $600 in cash to get it out of the way.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My mom had a cat with a heart murmur. Same deal – developed when he was about 4 years old. He was on medication for it, and he lived to be almost 20 years old. So, it’s not a death sentence. Take him to a vet hospital and they will probably be able to treat it.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@PonytailKim:  My cat had eye herpes and thats why we suspected broncitis when he had his little coughing fit and the excessive panting. I dont think that would cause a heart murmur. I’d get him the echo as soon as possible that way you 1 get peace of mind and 2 if he needs treatment he gets it sooner allowing a better chance at a good long life for him. This is why I got my cat in so very quick I knew if it was something I was fortunate and getting it early. I am also a worrier and my fiance didnt want me worrying myself sick with my chronic health issues. He ended up just being a freak of nature with a larger than average heart. They think part of this is how active he is, Secretariat the race horse had a heart almost 3 times the size of the average horse and won the triple crown.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

No advice on what to do with him proactively– but just wanted to say I totally get it and you’re a good cat mom! I have a cat with a chronic illness and it has been emotionally very taxing. What he has is something he COULD live with for another 10 years (taking him to a normal lifespan) or he COULD have another flare up that takes him next week. And it sucks. But one thing that has really helped me in thinking about all this is that he has no idea. Pets have no sense of time or lifespan or any of that. If anything I think it just makes me more appreciative of all my pets because I want to make sure they each know they are loved every single day. I really hope she is totally wrong or if she isn’t, whatever he has isn’t life threatening. But just on the tiny chance that it is something that will affect his life span, try to keep in mind that it is harder on you than it is on him, and that you’re making every day he has awesome.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I don’t really have any advice but wanted to say I’ll keep you and my kitty in my thoughts. My kitty was pretty sick when we got him and even after a week, I knew I’d be devestated if something happened to him. Cats are pretty special little creatures.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

So sorry about your kitty.  My last cat was diagnosed with a heart murmur at a young age.  He did eventually develop cardiomyopathy but lived a good 10 years after he was originally diagnosed with the murmur.  There are lots of medications that can be used to treat them so take heart that much can be done so your kitty can have a long life.  My thoughts are with you!

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