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  1. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    I just realized you all never got to see the beautiful boy! He's the one orange, as if you couldn't guess from his behavior. He's starting his meds tonight so I'll probably go radio silent until I see what the meds do. Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories!
  2. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    We got the echo! I'm very excited to get him started on his meds, but other than that, we're pretty much waiting around until his next checkup in the new year. For now, it's blood thinner and cosiquin for his joints. I've never tried that with an animal before, and there really aren't any good...
  3. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    So we're going with 18mg of plavix, and also we're looking at ways of treating his joints to get his weight down after his recovery. I don't think I mentioned, but he'd somehow managed to break the thickest part of his hip, and that is what triggered all this evaluation. The vet said he usually...
  4. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    I'm still playing phone-tag with the vet, but I'll bring that up when we talk. I've been rearranging my house a lot to deal with his senior lifestyle, but he still is a bit of a dumbass, so it is a concern. Neither are ideal, but if I have to choose, I'd rather have the clotting difficulties on...
  5. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    This is about how it's panning out for me so far, except my vet is recommending we do a single daily dose of blood thinner for now until he gets his follow-up in a few months. Which will be fun when he gets injured! He's very active and hurts himself sometimes because no one told him he's old...
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    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    That sounds hard! I've had to do a few emergency euthanasias in my life, and they're always a nightmare. It still sounds like you put in a heroic effort, and I'm sorry you weren't rewarded for it. Thanks so much for sharing.
  7. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    I get what you're saying. One of the reasons I've been looking for information is that most people with elderly cats seem to get diagnosis way after symptoms appear (or after the cat is dead), or they get diagnosed at a young age, so he's a bit of an anomaly. I'll have something interesting to...
  8. nartyteek

    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    He's a 15yo male, and his mother, who I knew and fostered through pregnancy, was an oriental shorthair. I understand they can have these sorts of problems. He had no noticeable symptoms, and we only discovered this issue when he was being evaluated for an unrelated surgery. Essentially what I'm...
  9. nartyteek

    Lump at base of tail

    Hey all! If anyone is reading this, I had this same problem and it turned out to be a broken hip. They also explored the possibility of a broken tail vertebrae or impacted anal gland. Regardless, these all would take treatment so if you're in the same boat, take the kitty in!
  10. nartyteek

    Perhaps a seizure in a teenaged cat?

    First off I'm going to the vet tomorrow, I assure you! Anyway. My cat, a 15 year-old neutered male, has developed some light asthma in the last year that I'm already treating successfully. Other than that, his health has always been almost suspiciously perfect for a teenager. I'm in quarantine...
  11. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    Thanks! He's my little guy and seeing him in pain stressed me out to no end, so now I feel a powerful, almost pleasant lack of stress. I hate to be one of those, "my cat saved my life," people, but yeah, that's about right. Whatever I do for him is just paying him back.
  12. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    I had to have just plain old vicodin post-oral surgery once, no big deal, and I got sick to my stomach, but my cat seems to be getting even hungrier and prone to movement and curiosity when I medicate him. He's so weird. I hope your cat is doing okay!
  13. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    He's pretty toasted. He's old, so they skipped over the non-narcotics and steroids and such, and went right to oral opioid. He might be having the time of his life lol!
  14. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    I'll just update everyone, and keep posting here and there since someone else might be interested to know how this goes! The xray showed he popped off the end of a phalange in the middle of his paw. The single xray cost $100. The exam cost $55, since he just happened to get his yearly exam and...
  15. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    No, I already arranged to go tomorrow. It eases my mind to hear these little reports, though. I have anxiety.
  16. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    It is pretty low, in the metatarsal/phalange area. At least that's what they're called in humans lol! I know I said I've never had a broken bone, but my only breaks have been toes which are so minor I don't really think of them that way. And when I get those taken care of, it's literally just...
  17. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    His paw has slight swelling, it is painful to the touch and bruised, and he can't put any weight on it. He uses it for some other stuff, like grooming, and he can sleep with it underneath him, but nothing requiring any grip or strength. He doesn't cry out when he walks; he just flat-out can't...
  18. nartyteek

    Has Your Pet Ever Broken A Bone In Their Paw?

    From the time my cat was born 13 years ago, until last night, he has never once had an injury or medical issue! Aren't I lucky? But it looks like he's got a broken bone in his foot. He's in excellent spirits, so I've opted to take him into the non-emergency clinic tomorrow instead of the ER. The...
  19. nartyteek

    Sneezing cat

    She's definitely not out of the woods yet, and might get a visit to the vet soon but I've kept her healthy and the sneezing is down a lot. That's probably because of the "sauna" treatments and the cleaning, and I can't undo an infection if she has one, obviously, but it's a relief to see the...
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    Sneezing cat

    The foster cat was feeling better right away, I believe, which would mean she was feeling bad for a few days. I'm talking to the vets again in a bit, but I think that's true. As for the phlegm, it was on the first day that she seemed quite sick that she brought up a bit. I haven't seen her do...
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