|Purred: Sat Jan 13, '07 11:45am PST |
|Hear murmurs are graded 1-6. 1 is the least serious.
So right there, I would tend to think your cat is fine, and not in desperate need of special treatment.
It is common for kittens to develope heart murmurs that go away in later years.
X-rays are not the best diagnostic tool for a vet. Ultrasound is much better.
Neither is essential. If the vet has decided on surgery, he can open and then see what the problem is. Of course, most vets would PREFER to know what they are getting into before but this is not strictly necessary.
I would ask you vet if he has a plan. One of the things that I really HATE are these vets that want to go "fishing" for a diagnoses. It is my strong opinion that, "no clear game plan", "no fishing". The vet should have a clear idea of what he is looking for and what he will do if his suspicions are confirmed. Do you know HOW MANY TIMES, I have asked, "OK, and then what? " and the vet is like: "Well, actually if it is what I think it is, there is not much we can do." Uh, hu. Yeah right.
Anyway, this is a link to a ton of useful info on heart murmurs in cats: http://www.vetinfo.com/cmurmur.html#Heart%20murmur%20in%20bengal%20k itten
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