HCM in cats: Symptoms of dangerous heart disease
HCM in cats (short for “hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”) is a common and heritable heart disease. Your symptoms often come so insidiously, therefore, that the disease is not noticed. This is what makes them so dangerous…
HCM in cats: Certain breeds are particularly susceptible.
HCM is common in purebred cats. Particularly affected are the Maine Coon, Persian and British Shorthair. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is organically indicated by a thickening of the heart muscle. This prevents the heart can fill with enough blood.
An increased heart rate and fluid retention in the lungs make the general condition of the kitten affected with advanced disease critical. Since the signals for HCM are so difficult to detect in cats, it may be that the disease is completely overlooked. These symptoms over should therefore be particularly sensitive:
symptoms for HCM in cats
The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy meets usually out of the blue one, because most often are male, aged between nine months and five years affected. Maybe hechelt the little patient, if he has made an effort, for example, after playing. This is normal behavior in dogs, cats and should not be investigated by the vet.
Care and attitude of the British Shorthair (BKH)
HCM cats may have slightly bluish mucous membranes, a visibly accelerated heartbeat and breathing rate accelerated. In advanced stages, the water may cause the cat’s body size increases and it has an increased need for sleep and rest. But they often retreat into dark places. Symptoms such as loss of appetite, weak stamina and waning enthusiasm should always be investigated by a veterinarian, but can also be a sign of HCM.
On suspicion immediately to the vet
Just when your beloved pet by his race or ill parents is a genetic predisposition, you should keep it well in mind, because you can as the owner of both the condition and the behavior of your pet best and should assess for suspected Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy consult the veterinarian for a diagnosis.