I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  I, too am guilty of not always keeping up 
with regular check ups.  It's hard when it's so expensive.  You did everything 
you could.

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  I'm so very sorry to hear about Chelsea. How devastating for you. As you say, 
though her life was cut tragically and horribly short, she at least knew she 
was loved and treasured.
  Thanks for taking the time to remind us about the need for regular check-ups. 
Because I have 5 cats, I am able---just---to do that. But I know that sometimes 
when $$ has been particularly tight I've thought about whether it's really 
necessary, and whether I could "skip" a check-up. You've reminded me of the 
reason they need check-ups.
  love and hugs to you Chris, Kerry M.

  From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Chris Behnke
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 8:53 PM
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



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