Unfortunately, there’s a silent killer among cats-feline cardiomyopathy, or heart disease.
Read on for more information about this potentially deadly disease:
- The two most common forms of cardiomyopathy in cats are hypertrophic (in which the heart muscle thickens), and dilated (in which the heart muscles are stretched). Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is often related to hyperthyroidism; it can also be attributed to genetics, and is more prevalent in males. The risk of cardiomyopathy also tends to increase with age. Dilated cardiomyopathy has been linked to taurine deficiency in feline diets, but is becoming less common because most cat food manufacturers now supplement foods with taurine.
- Some symptoms for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy include labored breathing, loss of appetite, lethargy, fainting, and limb paralysis. Veterinary tests for diagnosis are usually x-rays and ECG’s (electrocardiograms). Early diagnosis is crucial, since cats can easily hide symptoms of illness. If you see any of the signs listed above in your cat, visit your veterinarian immediately for diagnosis and treatment, which may include beta or calcium channel blockers, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors.
As with so many feline health problems, a healthy diet is crucial. At Pet Supermarket, we carry only premium pet foods formulated for all stages of a cat’s life, including specialty formulas. Stop by your local Pet Supermarket today to see everything we have available to ensure your cat’s health and happiness.