Your kitten (or cat by now, actually)

Date: 2007-09-20 05:29 pm (UTC)
Hi. I don't think we've ever met - I got your name from Jen (formerly rocketparkgirl, now redheartleaf).

I'm writing about the kitten you got from Jen and Brian Marek a few years ago. Brian is my boyfriend, and your kitten's mother, Domino, lived with us.

Unfortunately, Domino died last week, very prematurely. The vet believes she most likely died of heart failure. He advised us to contact everyone who took one of her babies.

The gist of what he said is that the kittens may or may not have the same problem Domino did. There's not much to be done about it one way or the other. Apparently, heart problems are common in cats - he said they think roughly 32% of the cat population suffer from them - and they're often asymptomatic up 'til the moment they go into heart failure. If you're very worried about your kitten, the vet suggested you have an EKG done.

The bright side - if you want to call it that - is that it's an extremely quick way to go. There is very little pain because the duration is so short from the onset and they don't really know what hit them, so they don't suffer.

I'm sorry to be such a downer. Chances are good that your cat will not have the same problem. I just wanted to let you know because it was a huge shock for us (she wasn't even four yet), and I wish we had known ahead of time in case there were anything we could have done to prolong her life.

Thanks,
Kate
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