I always thought heartworms may have been the cause of Tiny's sudden death
last Christmas day. He was Felv positive, but his death seemed unrelated it
was quick, but not pleasant to witnesss. I had even told a vet the summer
before he died that i worried he either had heartworms or asthma. He had a
URI that began with the same violent coughing spasm that he had the day he
died. She gave him Revolution for ear mites and said it would take care of
heartworms. I knew better than the heartworm part. I think the virus he had
then was the onset of my epidemic of FeLV in my cats. Tiny was a youthful 5
years old. I have his half brother Junior who also has FeLV and currently
has a URI but he eats well and appears healthy otherwise.

All my cats are due for their boosters. I am curious since I already have a
FELV cat in the house and they are all exposed on a regular basis, should
the protocol for the FeLv vaccine be yearly or every three years?


On Nov 6, 2007 12:02 AM, Gloria B. Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> I had one go like that.  I assumed it was heart worms, but never had
> an autopsy.
> I'm so very sorry - it's such a shock.
> Gloria
> At 09:54 PM 11/5/2007, you wrote:
> >Chris, I'm so sorry.  What an awful shock.  Gentlest of Bridge vibes
> >to Chelsea, and hugs to you.
> >
> >Diane R.
> >
> >
> >----------
> >[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Chris Behnke
> >Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 8:53 PM
> >To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> >Subject: Sad News & Something to Think About
> >
> >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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