My cat who is eight months old has had fast respiration lately. She came to our house when she was only about four weeks old, and even as a small kitten would wheeze every so often. I thought maybe it was a mild form of asthma. She would make a couple of wheezy noises and be on her way, nothing alarming. I noticed her breathing becoming faster and the wheezing had slightly increased so I took her the vet. He said her heart was extremely accelerated and jumpy. He put her on proponal to stabilize her heart rate. The wheezing has improved , and the vet said her heart rate was better. I notice that she always has faster breathing then the rest of my cats. I asked the vet if it was some kind of cardiomyopathy and he said yes, and that all that can be done is to maintain how she is. No lab tests or x-rays have been done. My vet doesn't think doing a bunch of tests is necessary, he thinks she was born with a heart defect although not a leaky valve or anything like that. The last time I took her to the vet she threw up all the way home and was very ill from all the stress. She is an extremely shy, high strung cat who is only attached to me. I think it's because I was her "mama" for an early age. I've had many cats over the years and she is definately the most "scaredy cat" I have ever had. I do not think I can put her through a bunch of tests(echocardiograms--which I have not been able to even find a place around who will do those kinds of tests for a cat). I don't think her poor heart could take it. Has anyone encountered this and what did you do? Would kitty prozac help calm her nerves and therefore help her heart? Anything holistic that would help? I've tried bachs rescue remedy before with my other cats and I don't know if I think it worked. She takes her medicine twice a day, and she seems happy, and is playful. I feel like I'm not doing enough for her or that there might be something out there that could help her. Sorry this is so long to read, I guess I feel helpless as to what to do for her.
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5/17/06 at 11:43am