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posted 01-24-2004 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for preciousbaby     Edit/Delete Message
I have a kitten with a heart murmour. The vet said it may pass with time and to bring him in again in a few weeks. I would like some advice. He didnt appear to have any problems. And I am in tears with fear I will loose him. What should I expect?? any signs I can look out for, for a worsening condition??? Someone who can relate??? Anything, I am so scared.

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posted 01-24-2004 02:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yahdah     Edit/Delete Message
it can be frightening to hear your precious kitty has a potentially fatal problem, but like the vet said, it may pass with time, the kitten may "grow out of it".
I am supprised the vet did not assist you further to reassure you and help you understand the problem.
I have an 8 year old cat with 'left sided heart failure' and he was diagnosed 4 years ago. With daily medication he is living a relatively normal life.

Signs to watch out for :
listlessness, lethargy, tiredness, lack of energy.
Breathlessness, panting, gasping, tongue colour bluish or grey rather than healthy bright pink.
wobbly, unsteady, weak.
off food and water, sleeping all the time, not interested in anything.

learn to take a heart rate, a healthy cats heart is between 120 and 180 beats a minute, anything over 200 ( when rested, not just after racing around) is cause for concern.

regular check ups with your vet can determine if the heart murmer is improving or getting worse.

most of all, dont panic, cats can live with heart murmers just like people do.
Dont encourage a tremendous amount of excercise, or frighten the cat on purpose (like sneaking up behind it and clapping your hands or something).

relax, do some research, it will help you understand the condition more and it will become less frightening to you.

keep us posted

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posted 01-24-2004 05:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for catwoman     Edit/Delete Message
I understand your anxiety over your kitty's heart. I had a cat that was diagnosed with the same thing. She was very active and didn't show any signs of anything wrong. My vet said that she would probably grow out of it. She must have because she lived for 14 years.

I guess each cat is unique however. I would keep close check on her with your vet. Perhaps even get a second opinion.

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posted 01-24-2004 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I don't have any advice to offer but I wanted to say Im sorry for what your going through....hopefully your vet is right and it will pass over time.

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