I am so sorry to hear of Chelsea's passing. It is always a shock when it
occurs so suddenly.



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
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