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restrictive cardiomyopathy....can anyone advise


Posted by krees

hello.....I have a lovely cat of 7 years old who has restrictive cardiomyopathy.  I will do anything to save her life.  aside from drugs and draining lymph from her lungs, has anyone got any other ideas or I know i sound crazy....but can cats have heart transplants?  It would be great to hear from anyone who has been in a similar position.  If ypu have any experience or thoughts about this consition please let me know.  'CAT' has been the best companion to me ever, I am obsessed with her and she is with me....we cant bear to be apart from one another and her heart condition will eventually seperate us in time or tonight, we just dont know when.  I am so heart broken but she hasnt left just yet....its hard not to mourn the living, and as each day goes by, each hour that i spend with her is closer to losing my baby for good, and it just destroys me watching her deteioriate.  she sometimes looks at me as if to say 'i love you back'  and when she is having a bad day she stares at me all day long, as long as I am close to her, it comforts her.  If i can do anything or get some advice that will keep us together for longer I will be so grateful to hear from you.

Thanks for reading.

 

 
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As a veterinary naturopath I'm inclined to say have you considered the diet as a possible solution to helping your kitty?

Even a homecooked diet is an improvement over kibble and canned is an improvement over kibble. What are you feeding your cat?

What about considering working with a homeopathic veterinarian to help your kitty. I know a very good one, Dr. Jill Elliot. She will do a phone consultation with you. If you can give her your cat's entire symptomatic history she can be of help.  She is also very considerate and understanding. 

Just so you know ALL veterinarians are trained traditionally but holistic and homeopathic vets further their education.

A great website to learn about feeding your obligate carnivore (your cat) go to www.rawfedcats.org

First, I'm so sorry that you and your cat are having such a difficult time. Although I definitely support pursuing the nutritional aspects of this, your mention of a transplant makes me wonder if your cat has been seen by a veterinary cardiologist. If not, I would suggest that because he/she could discuss your options. Also, more of the veterinary teaching hospitals that have cardiology departments now also have those who specialize in complementary medicine so you could explore other options in those areas, too.

Speaking from my own area of expertise which is the effect of the human-animal relationship on animal health and behavior, I also recommend that you do everything in your power to communicate your confidence in yourself and your cat to make it through this. It sounds like you're suffering as much as your cat is and, while this is certainly understandable, it's not helping your cat to have you go to pieces along with everything else. Being a good companion animal person is a lot like being a good parent. Sometimes we have to fake a confidence we don't feel to keep the animal's confidence and spirits up. Then when they're sleeping, we slip out to the car or into the basement and go to pieces, then buck up and return to give then our full support by providing a secure, confident environment for them.

The other thing about a quality relationship with an animal is that it never ends. Regardless what happens part of them will always be with us, even after death. Denying the possibility that we might lose each other can interfer with our ability to live, to enjoy each day we have. It also causes us to lose sight of the fact that sometimes the ultimate act of love is knowing when to let go.

 My very best wishes for you and your cat at this difficult time.

Myrna

Two great replys with great ideas for you and you cat!   I would second everything both Dr. Kim and Dr Myrna said.   Seek out a holistic veterinarian or naturopath for their assesment (both normally do phone consultations) and if you have not had your cat to a veterinary cardiologist for a true diagnosis that is a must.   :-)

 I hope you will post again and keep us up to date on what you end up doing and how your cat is doing. 

You are your cat are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you to all of you for your kind advice and your time taken to reply. 

Cat did have a heart specialist, again he confirmed on Monday this week that her condition was untreatable and as the medication wasnt working, he could do nothing for her.  We lost cat on 18.02.09 Wednesday.  She was in so much pain.  I slept with her all night on the floor for many days until the end.  It just seems that we could not have done any more for her, she had me close to her throughout her 5 week ordeal, and It helped her fight harder, until the condition took her life.  Its been a long week without her, and Im grieving her huge loss in my life, she was my baby.  I am encouraged by your kind words and  sound advice, you are right, she is still with me, all over our home, our garden and purring around my legs.....she is still here in spirit, her spirit hasnt left me.  I have such great memories and i am grateful for the life and times we had together.  I will certainly pas this advice onto anyone with a cat.  The dietry and holistic approach appeals to me and is valuable to any pet owner. 

 

again thank you from heart for your concerns and prayers.

 

god bless.

 

kayla

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