|Purred: Mon Jul 3, '06 9:22am PST |
|Lucy, I don't want to frighten your Mum, but after I saw what Quasar wrote, I feel the responsibility to warn you...
HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) is a sneaky illness. I was perfectly healthy and happy cat and it all changed in literally 5 minutes. I was never breathing fast, never even panting...
The blood clot from my heart let loose and ended up in my lower extremities' artheries. I ended up being paralized in my hind legs. My Daddy took me to the Vet, where they did ECG and ultrasound tests, only to confirm HCM. There wasn't much to be done for me. They tried all they could the next 2 days, but my condition didn't improve. I purred to them to let me go, I was in great pain. So they did... I left this world exactly 3 weeks ago.
Another thing Lucy, I see you are a longhaired breed, so was Quasar. This illness is hereditary, and longhair breeds are more susceptible to it than others. My Grandma was persian, so I must have gotten the "bad" gene from her.
My human Mum took my kitty-Mum and my sister for cardio-testing last Friday, to rule out HCM. Luckily their hearts and blood vessels show no abnormailities. What a relief!
So, if it's not too expensive, I would advise your Mum also to do so. Just to be sure. With HCM you never know you have it, until it's allready too late.
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