Advice/Thoughts on HCM

Tamara PaulatTamara Paulat PortlandMember Posts: 159
edited 6 December, 2006 in Cat Health
Hi, mommy thought I would like a brother, and she found my REAL brother who is up for adoption. We really want to welcome him into our home, the breeder told us he is HCM positive, although a mild case. Mommy did some research and found it's kind of a crap shoot, but wondered if anyone has thoughts or experiences with this....i.e. whether adopting this guy would lead to a heartbroken mommy and me.

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  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 31 July, 2006
    I've never dealt with HCM but I have to think that even if his life is short, you might be glad to know that you made it the best possible for him. Did they mention what his prognosis is, or an idea of how expensive taking care of him would be? Those are definitely important things to consider, too. Isn't HCM hereditary? If you haven't already, you might want to get checked for it. Good luck! We'll be purring for your brother!
  • Tamara PaulatTamara Paulat PortlandMember Posts: 159
    edited 31 July, 2006
    purrs, thanks Arthur mommy says I should get tested, and we think we do want to give my brother a good life. Any other thoughts by anyone would be appreciated! Lucy
  • Katie PottengerKatie Pottenger Chicago/ Hyde Park- KenwoodMember Posts: 3,149
    edited 1 August, 2006
    Hi. I had HCM. I only lived to be 3 years old, but it was a great life. My Mom loved me so much and took very good care of me. I was on atenolol and had eccocardiograms (I even had one a few days before I passed) but when it was my time to go to the bridge, it was my time. Whatever happens, it was in God's hands. Good luck, keep us posted.
  • Mandy BowenMandy Bowen ParisMember Posts: 17
    edited 1 August, 2006
    Cats with HCM only live to be about 3 years old. If you think you can handle that, then there's no harm in adopting your brother! It would be sad for all of you when he passes, but you can make the most of your time with him. I hope that YOU are healthy! My father had HCM also.
  • Tamara PaulatTamara Paulat PortlandMember Posts: 159
    edited 7 September, 2006
    Well, the update is....my brother is now living with us and we're very happy furry friends at this household!! We love Hobbes, he can be seen on my page under my family. So far so good, mommy has asked lots of advice from vets and breeders and it could be that my big brother *might* have a slight case....in other words it's not definite....he will be tested for it soon a second and if needed third time. But, so far we couldn't be happier! Thanks for the advice and purrs.... Love, Lucy and her big brother Hobbes!!
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 7 September, 2006
    Congratulations on the family reunion! :-) We'll still be purring for Hobbes and your family! Keep us posted!
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 7 September, 2006
    Congrats!! keep us updated on the outcomes of his tests.
  • Tiffany McConnellTiffany McConnell OmahaMember Posts: 30,862
    edited 8 September, 2006
    Catgrats!! We'll be purrin for yas!!
  • Cheryl AyerCheryl Ayer RockportMember Posts: 330
    edited 8 September, 2006
    My purrrrrrrrrrrrs to you. Three years...eight... eleven..one... twenty...we don't have any guarantees for anyone -- how incredibly kind of you to welcome this kitty that you know is going to have less time. It's the quality that counts and you are so wonderful to recognize that and still be willing to give him that.
  • Maureen O'ReillyMaureen O'Reilly Member Posts: 1,518
    edited 9 September, 2006
    Aaawwwww, poor baby! For information go to: http://members.aol.com/jchinitz/hcm/hcmbr400.pdf It mostly explains what it is. But the last paragraphs say what you can do and mostly says positive things about HCM!
  • Tamara PaulatTamara Paulat PortlandMember Posts: 159
    edited 6 November, 2006
    Hi everybody, it's me, Hobbes - Lucy's brother...I am getting another screening next month which should tell us a lot more. In the mean time, I'm having a great life with my sissy...we play and love eachother and I purr all the time...I'm having a great time on Catster and thank everyone for their warm thoughts, purrrrs and loves....we'll keep y'all posted! Lotsa leopard lovin' to you all, Hobbes
  • Ann Marie McNamaraAnn Marie McNamara IthacaMember Posts: 178
    edited 6 November, 2006
    Hi Hobbes! You are so handsome! As Emmit McGee said, none of us have any guarentees in this life, so we much live what we do have to the fullest! Good luck in your new home!
  • Jessica G-Jessica G- Member Posts: 722
    edited 7 November, 2006
    Hi Lucy and Hobbes! We sent you an email, but wanted to write you here too. First of all, Hobbes, congrats on your new home with your Real sister! That is just wonderful! I had HCM. Like many of the kitties on here have said, it effects cats differently. Some cats can live a symptom free life for many years. It's a hard thing to predict. But, even if you adopt a cat with a clean bill of health, you can never see what the future holds, and must always enjoy the precious time you spend together. I was on Atenolol for years and had a number of other medications added during my last year. I was basically symptom free up until my last year (when I had a bout of heart failure, but was then symptom free again until my last 2 months when I had a handful of bad days). For the majority of my life, you would Never know there was anything wrong with me by looking at me or how I acted (sometimes even Mom found it hard to believe), it was only when you looked at an utltrasound that my condition was clear. I crossed over the Rainbow Bridge just before I turned six years old. While I know my family still misses me very much, they have NEVER regretted adopting me and would do it again in a heart beat. Mom treasures all the wonderful memories I gave her and is so grateful for the time we spent together. Your family has done a most wonderful thing by adopting you, Hobbes, and we just know that there are years of happiness in store for all of you! Wishing you a most wonderful life! Love, Figaro, Tuxedo, and Bella P.S. And if you ever need to talk, we are all here for you!
  • Tamara PaulatTamara Paulat PortlandMember Posts: 159
    edited 8 November, 2006
    Hi Figaro, gosh, thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experiences and your familie\'s experiences with HCM. We really appreciate it, I\'m sure others reading will too. You\'re so right, you just never know what life has in store, so to live life to its fullest and enjoy every moment we have with our furry and non furry friends and family is sooo important. As is with me, there are no symptoms. My vet even said she did not hear any heart murmur, but that, as you pointed out, doesn\'t necessarily mean much. I\'ll get the real test in a few weeks (my second one) and that should tell us more. Either way, meowmy says she wouldn\'t trade all the money in the world for me and my sissy, that love and compassion are the most important things. So knowing this, whatever the outcome, and whatever drugs I have to take, today I am a happy kitty...today I play with Lucy with abandon, today I eat salmon treats and get lots of love and cuddles from meowmy. Purrrs to you and your wonderful family, it sounds like you were a VERY special guy and someday when I do go to the rainbow bridge, I hope to see you there and we can romp together and share catnip... xoxo, hugs, whisker tickles and lotsa leopard lovin\', Hobbes and Lucy too of course!
  • Stacey DenneyStacey Denney Louisville,Ky/ Stoutsville,OHMember Posts: 3
    edited 5 December, 2006
    Contray to the believe, just as humans are all Cats can live longer with conditions just as humans do, its depends on the cat and the level of the HCM. Cringer has HCM a mild case. I have known kitties that have had it and lived 6- 11 years. When caught early and treated the cats can live a pretty normal live. Cringer takes medication 2x a day and 1 tbsp of vitamins a day and it has improved his condition wonderfully, his attitude and quality of life is better and he seems to be doing great. There is a wonderful support group that I am a part of with hundreds of pet owners with fur babies that have HCM and other heart conditions that you can join here: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/feline-heart/ Cringers Cardiologist said that all cats progress a different rate, that where Cringer is now and the fact that he only has a mild case and was caught early that he could easily live another 6 years he isabout 6 years old.
  • Stacey DenneyStacey Denney Louisville,Ky/ Stoutsville,OHMember Posts: 3
    edited 5 December, 2006
    It is hereditary , My brother has to be tested and watched cause the Cardiologist said Jasper had a 50 % chance of also getting it.
  • Tamara PaulatTamara Paulat PortlandMember Posts: 159
    edited 6 December, 2006
    thanks for the thoughts and the support group link, we will check it out! Well, Hobbes had his ultrasound last week, the bad news is that he does, for sure, have HCM. The good news is that it\'s a very mild case and he needs no medication at this time, and many never depending upon the progression of the condition. Lucy will need to be tested too. Neither one of them show signs of shortness of breath, laboured breathing, pain in any way. But it is a very tricky and deceptive condition so we will all be watching and monitoring very carefully. I must mention the breeder that he came from took full responsibility and paid for his test, she really takes this seriously and is extremely responsible. purrs for her! Thanks for the purrs and prayers, and we\'ll keep everyone posted for sure! Keep the thoughts and advice coming!
  • Abby RosenbergAbby Rosenberg ParklandMember Posts: 185
    edited 6 December, 2006
    Hi there. I was diagnosed with HCM about 6 years ago. I am 11 years old now. Even though my condition is now classified as \"extremely severe\", I am still a happy cat. I started on enalapril and dilacor, then added spironalactone, and now I also take Plavix. My cardiologist told me that there are some new studies that show Plavix is more effective than baby aspirin for preventing blood clot formation. My mom gives me lots of extra hugs and kisses since I am sick, I like that!
  • Roby StevensRoby Stevens ClevelandMember Posts: 15
    edited 6 December, 2006
    HCM seems to come in two flavors: a fast type that often leads to sudden death before it is even diagnosed, and a slower type that is very manageable with oral meds. Pooka was diagnosed with HCM in 2000. The specialist put him on Diltiazem, 4mg every day - that\'s much less than the human dose, so I had it made up at a compounding pharmacy. It was 100% successful: heart murmur became inaudible and there were absolutely no symptoms of heart disease for the rest of his life. I hope your kitty does well and has a long and happy life!
  • Kristen MaranciakKristen Maranciak PittsburghMember Posts: 560
    edited 6 December, 2006
    Mommy has been reading all of your posts about HCM. I was diagnosed with a mild case of HCM in September. A slight heart murmur is what tipped my vets off. I am currently taking Enacard once a day plus Omega 3 vitamins. My mommy has also began giving me extra vitamin supplements with my food. I will be having my test repeated in January. My mommy feels encouraged by what everyone has written. She is hoping I am around for a few more years. Thanks for all of the information.
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