Chris I am so sorry to hear of Chelsea's passing. It is always a shock when it occurs so suddenly.
Hugs Sally On Nov 5, 2007 9:52 PM, Chris Behnke <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Early Sunday morning, one of my fur-babies passed away from a heart > attack. There was no warning, she had never been sick a day in her > life. Chelsea was only 4 years old. The vet did an autopsy today and > confirmed that it was cardiomyopathy. Basically there was a > thickening in her heart walls and her heart failed. She went very > quickly and without pain. One minute she was walking, the next she > was gone. There was nothing I could have done. Cardiomyopathy is > something that is prevalent among Maine Coons and American Short > Haired cats and is usually found between the ages of 1 and 4 years > old. They are not a lot of symptoms and cannot always be detected > before it causes fatalities. Regular vet visits could help to detect > it early. Vets can do xrays to see the heart or listen to the heart > rate and make sure nothing is unusual. Also, never take for granted > the time you have with your animals. I loved Chelsea and she knew it. > I didn't get to say goodbye since she went so quick, but at least I > know she knew she was loved and treasured. I make it a habit to tell > all my animals that I love them everyday. > > I didn't post this for sympathy, but I wanted to share with you the > importance of regular vet checkups. Because I have so many animals, I > was told that I didn't have to do regular checkups for all of my > babies, I just needed to take them in when they were sick. I now know > better. > > Thanks, > > Chris > > > > No virus found in this outgoing message. > Checked by AVG Free Edition. > Version: 7.5.503 / Virus Database: 269.15.22/1111 - Release Date: > 11/5/2007 4:36 AM > -- Sally, Eric (not a cat),Junior, Speedy, Grey and White, Ittle Bitty, Little Black, Lily, Daisy, Silver, and Spike Visit my BB for some pictures post your as well. http://www.k6az.com/ki4spk/index.php?sid=c57c00cf5804ef13853ed6e77a68eed3