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16 Year old Cat developed a heart murmur and I don't know what that means as far as his longevity can anyone shed light?

Hi, Austin here....Okay I am 16 years old and have been a diabetic for 5 years now...insulin twice daily yuk! Today I found out that i have developed an heart murmur and the vet suggested a complete blood work-up but my" pawrents" are a little low on cash as it is nearly $400....should they just wait it out or is this life threatening?
I have lost nearly 3 lbs in the past year -I was 15 lbs. and now I am 12lbs.....other then being a bit thin I LOVE to eat and go outside to sit on my very own lounge chair and take walks in the evening with my "pawrents" .....I do just about everything that I did before so can anyone shed light on my situation? Thank you.

Asked by Austin Valentino loving memory on Jun 5th 2013 in Diabetes
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Unfortunately heart murmurs are very unpredictable. Cats can live a very long life with a heart murmur or it can take them quickly. I lost my cat due to this issue. The vet was not overly concerned and we were going to wait a few months and check it again. He was playing one night and just dropped and he was gone-everything else about him was healthy. In retrospect, I would have done more quickly to try and keep him longer but you just never know. There are meds that can help but not a guarantee. I would pay anything now to have my Jessie back.Good luck with any decision you make!:)

Nicholas answered on 6/7/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Nicholas is right. Older cats, like older people, need extra care and monitoring by their vets. Maybe you could work out a payment plan with Austin's vet and get the tests done anyway. If he's been a patient of this vet for a long time, they should allow you to make payments. Mine does. We send purrs and headbonks to Mr. Austin!

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/10/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Panda Bear

Hi, my human mom had a heart murmur, and three weeks later she was in the ICU for emergency heart surgery. When they say that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, they're not kidding!! Some people and animals can live indefinitely with a murmur (like me, Panda) and for some it is life threatening. At your advanced age Austin, you cannot be put under for surgery, so I would suggest that your parents do a heart scan to see how bad your murmur is. ^_^

Panda Bear answered on 6/25/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer