My cat who is 15 yrs old and diabetic along with overactive thyroid now also has an enlarged heart. Found out on Tuesday. Took her because she was just to sleepy thinking her meds had to be adjusted. They did an Xray because of her fast breathing. (Her insulin was way to low but that was not all of the problem) She doesn't breathe fast at home but was doing that at the vets and I thought because she was scared. Nope, it showed enlarged heart. Not sure how bad but she needs a cardiogram with a cardiologist now which means back to the city where all the special vets are. They can't do it until January 24th so I'm not sure she will make it that far. They did put her on the cancelation list but that doesn't really mean anything because it takes time to get there, and all 3 cats have medicine at 8:00 am so if the appointment is early morning, I can't get her there. From what I have read she won't be with me much longer. A cat in healthy condition after being put on meds has 8-12 months. She isn't in healthy condition, and she won't be getting medication until January 24th and if it snows, she won't even be getting there then. The animal hospital is booked until end of March so that place is out. I'm planning on her crossing that rainbow bridge in spring. That is how it happens with pets and people. They survive winter and as soon as the weather starts to get nice, they are gone. I lost my other cat last year December 6th to cancer and now I will be losing this one sometime this year. They keep wanting people to adopt pets to save them and for what? There are not enough vets or vet hospitals or vet specialists and then you are left worrying yourself sick because you can't get them in for help. If you are a person who really cares and want care for them there is no place to take them. I do know once all my fur kids have crossed that bridge that ends having any pets. Plus, I am so far into debt now it will take 2 lifetimes to pay it all off. I have maxed out 2 credit cards now and on my 3rd. It will cost almost $700 for the cardiologist visit and I'm not sure it is worth spending or putting her through it. I spent over $1,000 for my cat last year and she only survived 1 month 2 days.