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HCM and Your Cat

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a mouthful to say, and a common disease in cats. Many owners of cats with this disease will never even know that their cat has it. There is no cure for it, it can somewhat be controlled with medication (based on how severe it is), it can shorten your cat’s life drastically, or your cat can live to a normal old age with it.

That is a bunch of encouraging information, yes?

Some breeds are more prone to this disease than others, including my Hairless Sphynx. Some of the signs include difficulty breathing, breathing with their mouth open, little activity, and blood clots may develop. One symptom of a blood clot is hind leg paralysis, as HCM causes thickening of the left heart ventricle, which supplies the hindquarters of the cat’s body with blood.

The only way to diagnose HCM is with an Echocardiogram. This is not a test you will find available at your average local veterinarian’s office, but it is necessary if you are suspicious that your cat may have this illness.

My 4.5 year old, Benjamin, is getting scanned at Michigan State University Veterinary School at the end of October. My 3.5 year old, Franklin, will be getting scanned in Detroit in the Spring.

I normally take my boys to Detroit to get scanned, which is a requirement of the contracts I signed when I bought them (that they get scanned, not that is has to be in Detroit). Benjamin gave me quite the scare a couple of weeks ago when he stopped meowing, purring, playing, and was sneezing and dry heaving at least once an hour. This went on for nearly two weeks! He has also been walking with his back half somewhat slouched to the ground for several months, which I never knew could be another symptom of HCM.

I am happy to say he is back to his normal noisy talkative self, but I am still taking him in early instead of in the coming Spring when I had planned.

You can find further information on HCM at the following link, which is where I referenced my information from.

HCM Information from Cornell

Have you ever had a cat with HCM, and if so, what was the prognosis for your cat?

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International Cat Day

Do you want to know what one of my cats did to me today? On International Cat Day?

About gave me a heart attack this morning! When I went to be last night, Franklin was underneath the blanket and sheets with me…when I got up at 4am, he was nowhere in the house.

Apparently my 16 year old daughter has a hole in her bedroom screen that I knew nothing about, because her door is always closed 24/7 to keep her hamster safe from the cats. She took her hamster to her Dad’s with her Sunday, so her door has been open.

I do not know exactly where he was, and my daughter and I looked all over the neighborhood, but he came back on his own.

I am now actively shopping for GPS trackers for both of my jerk cats; I cannot emotionally handle even one more escape 😦

That One Day; When Franklin Ran Away…

…yes, you read that correctly. Except I don’t know if I would exactly call it “running away”, as much as he saw his opportunity, and went for it.

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I cannot even begin to describe the sheer terror I felt when I pulled up in front of my home, and saw the door open a couple of inches. I knew before I got out of my vehicle that this was going to be bad.

Benjamin was sitting on the front step, meowing. I told him to get in the house, and he ran inside and just kept meowing. I ran upstairs, and started pulling blankets off beds, calling Franklin.

I already knew. And I started crying.

My youngest left the front door open when she went to school at 8:30 in the morning. We just got new front doors a month ago. I even went out the door and pulled it shut behind me; only to turn around and see it never shut.

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Now; before we defend her…there is a HUGE note on the inside of the door stating, shut the door behind you! make sure it is shut! Lock the door just to be safe! I put this up as soon as I realized the door would not shut on it’s own as we were used to.

She had a house key…and I send her a message every single morning before she leaves for school to lock up, and check the door!

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Fast forward…I have 4 people prowling the neighborhood, I blew up Facebook, printed 100 pictures that my 14 year old put our number on the back, went to the Humane Society to file a lost report…

And I cried.

This day was already 58 degrees here in Michigan at 2:30 pm when I knew he got out; and getting colder.

My 11 year old who left the door opened seemed less than concerned, which burned my ass!

I found him; he had been out for about 6 hours. And the culprit said “At least you found him!” with a nervous laugh…

…and I chewed her a new asshole.

Benjamin is content, because his Franklin made it home.

 

 

Oh For Goodness Sake!

I am a cat. Okay. An awesomely amazing handsome cat, but a cat none-the-less. Just pick me up!

So with all the girls Mom has hanging around my house, there was still one I needed to meet. Girl #1 had left for a 6 week mission trip to South Africa two days before Mom brought me home. So she was super excited to meet me yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to  get my claws in her either meet her either.

And then she said I was “freaky” looking. Um, what?

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She asks Mom “Can I touch him? How do I hold him? I don’t know what to do with him.”

Yes, I rolled my eyes, just like Mom did. Mom responded “Good gracious he is a cat, just pick him up!” And of course, once she did, she wouldn’t put me down 🙂 So yes, I have earned total dominion over the women of this house!