Are cats born with a heart murmur or does it develop later on?

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  • Georgia Goodwin-ChaffeeGeorgia Goodwin-Chaffee FargoMember Posts: 5
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    Heart murmurs are usually congenital(present at birth)while you might not be able to hear it or notice the effects right away. If you suspect your cat has a heart murmur, I say bring them in to the vet. Because they can get larger or cause severe problems with the heart, just like people.
  • Leanne FroebelLeanne Froebel Member Posts: 1,730
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    cats can be born with heart murmurs, or they can develop a murmur later on. A heart murmur is not really a "disease" - it's a sign that something is abnormal in the heart. Some heart murmurs are "innocent" and nothing to worry about. Other heart murmurs are a sign or serious heart disease. If your cat has a heart murmur, he will need to have it investigated. He'll likely need a cardiac ultrasound, and quite possibly a referral to a veterinary cardiologist. That's the only way you'll know if the murmur is congenital and if it's serious or not.
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