By John Morgan | Dated October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
This month we had a very interesting case with one of our favourite patients! Frederik is a lovely 9 year old British Short Hair cat who was a little off […]
By Helen Burns | Dated October 25, 2019
It’s true that all of us get attached to our patients, and frequently we can’t help but get emotional. Last month, however there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Little Peri, the gorgeous Persian cat, who packed a whole lot of love into her tiny 3 kilogram body passed away.
Peri regularly stayed with us while her owner travelled for work, and through her constant purring and love of a cuddle, she won her way into the heart of everyone here. Not to mention our families who would come to visit her if they found out she was at the vet.
If cats could talk, I’m sure that every cat would tell you that a cat is definitely not like a little dog. Cats do many illnesses differently to dogs, and heart disease is certainly no exception. Peri had a heart disease called HCM, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In this disease, the muscular wall of the heart thickens, which reduces the volume of the heart chambers. In order to pump sufficient blood around the body, the heart needs to beat more quickly, and becomes less efficient at its job. This can lead to not only fluid building up in the lungs and in the space around the lungs, but also to the formation of blood clots. There is thought to be a genetic susceptibility to HCM and unfortunately along with Maine Coon, Ragdolls and British Shorthairs, Persians are predisposed to it.
As with Peri, many cats don’t appear to be sick at all, however once congestive heart failure occurs and fluid builds up, they become very ill indeed. Little Peri packed so much love and affection into her 15 years, and we will all miss her dearly.