My cat was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I don't want to go into all of the details, he is being managed on meds now,etc. The main issue I am having right now is that my anxiety is out of control since this all took place. He was in ICU for two nights, and I couldn't sleep or eat. Now that he's home, I spend most waking minutes watching every breath he takes, and watching for changes in his behavior. I'm obsessed with this and can't seem to distract myself unless I'm away from the house. I'm scared to death, waiting for the incident to repeat itself again. In addition to the emotional stress is the financial stress this has imposed. I know he picks up on my emotions, so I don't want him to feel my anxiety, but don't know how to turn it off. I've taken sedatives when it's really out of control, but I don't want to do this every day. I want to let him just "be a cat" for whatever time he has left, but I seem to just spend my days waiting for the inevitable. How do others cope with this situation? I've lost pets before, and even had a cat with chronic kidney failure. I was able to forget about his disease (except on the days he needed fluids at the vet) and he lived happily, well-beyond his time. However, knowing how dire this heart situation is, I just don't know how to stop thinking about it, and preparing my mind for how I will deal with it when it happens again. Also, not knowing when it will happen is like a "ticking time bomb." I'm afraid to go anywhere for fear it will happen while I'm not at home. My husband deals with this much better than I do, but I can't seem to follow his behavoir. Please, any suggestions from anyone else who has gone through this?