Cat with Heart Failure
Just joined. I'm so glad to have stumbled across this great forum! So, 8 days ago (Saturday before yesterday) I noticed my cat "Buddy" wasn't eating much at all and had become more lethargic. By Sunday he had a runny nose (first time ever) and was extremely lethargic. We took him to the vet Monday and she thought he had an upper respiratory infection and prescribed Clavamox. He also received fluids for his slight dehydration. By Friday (two days ago) he still wasn't eating, though was still drinking some water (small amount). Suddenly he seemed bloated....this seemed odd with him not eating much (except when we force fed him). Saturday we took him to an emergency specialist. They did an ultrasound and noticed he had a bunch of fluid surrounding his organs. They assumed it was heart failure. They put a needle in him to extract 60 mll of fluid. He seemed a bit better, though still very weak. They also gave him an appetite stimulant THANK GOD. So he ate quite a bit of Gerber lamb baby food last night. Kidneys are fine they say, so they think the diuretic is fairly safe. Tomorrow morning I am to take him to a cardiologist. Has anyone been through this??? I love this kitty. He's my baby.....I've had him 14 years now. He's still alert and very talkative, but definitely weak. Poor little guy. Are they going to be able to give him heart meds to prolong his life or not?