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Nakedlove7

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Hi all, I am new to this and I’m so glad to have joined. I recently lost my baby boy at just 7 years old and I wanted to share my story in hopes to bring awareness. Zeno a beautiful boy had a track record for being “sick” it started with food sensitivities that caused itching ears and hematomas. These cause surgeries. Then the unexplained vomit bouts where we had to be hospitalized and a studden collapse where no vet could figure out what caused it. About 3 years ago when Zeno suddenly collapsed on the ground I rushed him to the emergency. He was more tired than usual that day but nothing too weird. He then got up from the couch and let out this death meow and fell to the ground, I picked him up and off i went. They did test and x rays and told me he was fine, that his heart seems a little enlarged but nothing else. This warranted me to do a HCM scan. He did the scan and came back negative, stating that he had a slight mumur but it could have been cause of nerves. Now fast forward to August 4, I notice he didn’t want to eat in the morning which is extremely rare and I had to go do errands that day but my fiancé was home to monitor. I come home and notice he’s still unwell and feels hot like feverish, I notice his tempered breathing but just thought it was due to his fever. I sponged water and I hand fed him some wet food which he ate. I planned on taking him to the vet in the morning if he didn’t improve. 1:30 am rolls around on aug 5. He wakes me up to this hacking and I notice his breathing is worse I wake my fiancé where he is rushed to the emergency, they do a x ray and tell me he has fluid in his lungs and think it’s pneumonia and put him in an oxygen chamber and administer antibiotics. Few hours roll around and he is not doing better, we transfer him to vet specialist where they do an echocardiogram and look at X-ray. They tell me one of his ventricles looks larger but nothing too concerning they stick to it’s pneumonia. All day he doesn’t get worse but doesn’t improve. I visit him and I see he is so uncomfortable but breathing with his mouth close. I am hopeful and relieved that the vet assured me it isn’t his heart. Then 2:00 am rolls around aug 6 and the vet calls to tell me Zeno is not looking good and that I need to see him. I rush over there where I see him gasping for air, and moving around, flopping like a fish out of water. This hurt me so much I couldn’t handle him being in such pain and suffer I decide to put him to sleep. I hold him and kiss him and there he went. I felt dead for a bit and I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was going to wake up from this nightmare.
As days go on I find myself questioning what really happened. There is no way he could have gotten pneumonia he’s an inside cat.
I go take my other baby, his sister to cat vet and let her know what happened. She states her gut feelings was his heart.
This makes me so angry because why didn’t a vet catch this?
How did his scan come back negative for HCM?
Why would they tell me his heart “kind of” looks enlarged or that his left ventricle being a bit bigger was no big deal.
Reading more and more on heart disease leads me to believe my baby did suffer a heart condition and had I gotten a right prognosis I would have done everything possible to help his little heart.

So now I am dealing with my little girl having a “little murmur” but I’m not taking chances in that it’s just nerves. I just hope this post helps those out there that may have gone through the same thing.
I understand this Bred is still to unfamiliar to vets, but come on with all this new technology and advancements you would think by now there are more answers.

Watch your babies closely and always get second opinions. And if a little murmur is present get it checked out ASAP, don’t let the vets tell you it’s just nerves!
 

Catzzzmeow

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I am so sorry your baby got their wings. Everything you shared with us does sound like a heart issue. The scream is often due to a cat throwing a clot. The fluid could have been congestive heart failure, not pneumonia. I witnessed this at the vet’s with our first boy. It is painful to see them laboring to breathe. We too helped ease our boy to peace. Did your vet read the scans, or did a cardiologist? Thank you for sharing your story as it is always a great reminder that if something feels off, to get a second opinion. Hugs are sent.
 

Toa and Ross

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I’m so very sorry for the loss of your boy Zeno. It’s always hard to let them go but specially when you feel the vet misdiagnosed what was going on.
Thanks for sharing your story. It’s good to share the symptoms your boy had so others can be aware.
Hugs for you. Give your girl lots of cuddles. All fingers and paws crossed her murmur will turn out to be just stress
 

Aclaravega

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I'm so sorry about for the passing of your beloved Zeno, you did the best you could to take care of him, sending you healing during this difficult time, lots of love to you and yours.
 

sphynxmommy1

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I am so so sorry. To read your story, after all I’ve been thru with the loss of my 2, I can safely say it was his heart. The fluid is the congestive heart failure which can fill in the lungs or in the area surrounding the heart, or in my boys case....both. The open mouth breathing is the hardest thing to see. I’m so very sorry for you. I know your pain, and I appreciate you sharing your story for others to read, it will help people to better understand these heart conditions. My girl I lost in 2017, the cardiologist also had said her heart wasn’t to swollen and it wasn’t looking to bad at all, they said it looked like beginning stages of hcm. She died 4 weeks later after throwing the clot called saddle thrombosis. Ultimately she was paralyzed and we had no choice but to put her down. The hcm must have been much more advanced than the vet and cardiologist realized or.....it just advanced super fast. In any case, reading your story, brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so sorry for your loss.
 

Lynn W

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I'm so sorry you lost your beautiful Zeno baby. : (
 

Yoda mom

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(((((comforting hugs)))) so so sorry your sweet Zeno got his angel wings..
He only knew your love

"Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.”
- from poem for cats




we are here for you
 

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Sheldon13

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I am so so sorry this happened. No one should have to go through something so painful. I completely understand why you are so angry. We trust that the vet is going to know what they need to in order to take care of our babies. We put our faith in them. It is beyond disappointing to be let down like that. (I’ve experienced similar myself). Take care of yourself and your little girl.


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