Animals (and people) with any heart problems need CoQ10 desperately! Between
30 mg and 50 mg daily!  One of our cats has cardiomyopathy and renal
failure…she was diagnosed 1 ½ yrs. ago.  She’s on a few drugs and sub-q
fluids and I also supplement her with CoQ10 – she’s doing really well.  We
don’t know how long she’s had the problem…she’s about 12 yrs. old now.


[] On Behalf Of Kat Parker
Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2011 10:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] heart murmur


There are varying degrees of heart murmurs in cats.  They are measures in
fractions of 6.  For instance, a 2 out of 6, or 2/6,  is not as serious a a
4/6.  We had a cat who was diagnosed with a murmur, and we did not have the
money to get further testing done on him at that time because he was fresh
off the street, A stray that just followed me inside one day after I had fed
him.  lol  He looked awful, mainly because he had been living as a stray
with a bad flea allergy.  What a fantastic cat he proved to be!  Well, all
was ell for about 6 months, then he started fainting (syncope), and we were
told to get the echo done.  We did, at a specialist here in San Diego, with
the help of some awesome MySpace friends and a chip in, and it was learned
then that he had cardiomyopathy with pulmonary edema and aortic stenosis.
His lungs were so full of liquid and his heart had the all too common
cardiomyopathy cats get.  I was told by the specialty hospital vet that it
often happens that these disorders, heart murmur and cardiomyopathy, go hand
in hand (but not in every case).  Zoh's heart murmur was a 4/6, which is
significant.  They put Zoh on 3 meds which he took for the rest of his life,
every day.  Furosemide (lasix) for the fluid in the lungs, Atenolol, a blood
pressure med, and one more bp mes, I cannot remember the name of,  but he
got better.  I was told cats with cardiomyopathy rarely live long, and Zoh
lived 2 more years till he succumbed to a heart attack and died in my arms,
in my room.  
I am hoping this info of my experience with heart murmurs might give you
something to talk about to your vet.  I would def ask what the meds are,
what class, and why he is prescribing them, as well as get a definite
diagnosis/prognosis in his professional opinion.  It sounds like he did not
give you enough info.  And, I would say the echocardiogram is very important
to get, even if it is a bit pricey and you might have to go a little
distance to find a place to get it done.  most vets do not have one in their
office, although if your cat is breathing hard, ask for a chest xray, for
starters.  (Not as expensive, either.  lol)    Good luck.

Love and Katnip,
                  ~Kat~     =^,,^=

"I'm Kat Parker.  I park cats."   

"Keep your kitties INSIDE, 24/7, 'cause an inside cat is a SAFE & HAPPY


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: czadna sacarawicz <>
To: feline leukemia list <>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:56:47 +0000
Subject: [Felvtalk] heart murmur; intermittent fresh blood in stool

There is always so much going on with us and our beloveds plus comings &
I hesitate to interrupt but this is important to me  - - to us.
Pookashay was diagnosed with heart murmur in May 2010.  Nothing was said re:
need for med.  Different vet listened to in spring 2011.  Nothing was said
re:  murmur.  Now same vet hears and wants to put on meds; wants work-up.
In what circumstances would you put on meds?
Meaow is cat abandoned at TS which had abscess under jaw in October.  had
treated; then neutered about 2 weeks later.  now has intermittent fresh
blood in stool.  stools are small & dark.  no problems before.  vet found no
coccidia or worms in stool sample.  again vet wants to put on meds.   feed
canned food.  he wants to own me but keep caged in bedroom because SPCA
accepted him for their waiting list.  fe leukemia cats are in main part of
small apartment.   comments?  he is negative; has been vaccinated.  a
fighter & biter who is also very sweet.
finally, Yahmuna is FIV cat which came to my door very, very sick last
Thanksgiving.   SPCA accepted her in July for adoption center placement.
went to see her yesterday.  very, very congested.  on antibiotics.  she is
their cat now.  HOW CAN I HELP HER?
thank you.
czadna, Mama & Scrumptious & Luscious and Pookashay & Shallie Marie & Harold
& James (and Meaow and Piedy Sven and Hope & Rasha Boo and Lila Bea - all on
SPCA waiting list)




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