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Heart Disease Caused by Scarring of the Heart Muscles in Cats



If your cat is mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic it can be treated on an outpatient basis. Patients with acute, severe congestive heart failure should be hospitalized for emergency care, and patients with severe breathing difficulty will receive oxygen. Low-sodium fluids may be administered cautiously if dehydration occurs, and a heating pad may be necessary for hypothermic patients. Any life-threatening fluid in the chest cavity will need to be reduced. At home, you will need to maintain a low-stress environment to decrease anxiety for your cat. An enclosed space, such as a room, or if necessary, cage rest, will be best for your cat during its recovery. Keeping activity to a minimum is essential for healing. Protecting your cat from active children, guests, and other pets will help in its recovery as well. If your cat is having trouble eating, hand feeding should be employed. Ask your veterinarian for guidance when choosing which foods will best during the recovery period. If your cat refuses to eat, you may need to have nutrition given intravenously.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments as necessary to assess your cat’s response to treatment and to assess resolution of swelling and fluid retention. Bloodwork, x-rays and an electrocardiogram should be repeated at each visit. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat shows signs of trouble breathing, exercise intolerance or weakness.



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