A pet health condition can occur at any time during the cat's life, including when they are born. This can make you feel overwhelmed and not always know what the medical condition is or what it can mean for your furry friend. Because of this, it is important to think about medical conditions for pets that can affect cats and kittens of all ages. We wanted to create this guide as a way to help you better understand the mumbling of hearts and what it can mean for your furry friend. We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to teach us more about heart mud in cats.
Brain murmur in cats
What is a heart drum?
The diagnosis of your pet can be stressful for the whole family. But what does it really mean for your furry friend? Wilde explains more about what a heart mumbles in cats is below.
" A heart drum is an abnormal sound that we hear when we listen to the cat's breasts, caused by increased turbulence in the blood flow through the heart," says Wilde.
It can be difficult to detect if your cat is ill. After all, your cat is often mysterious and they may not let you know they are sick.
If you have any concerns about your cat, please contact your veterinarian. They can perform an examination, perform diagnostic tests and determine the next best steps for your furry friend.
How do cats get a heart mumble?
A heart murmur can happen at any time, and this includes while your kitten is developing. There are also various reasons why your cat may develop a heart.
For example, they could experience everything from a birth defect to a leaking heart valve. In fact, it may be because of how serious the cat's heart is mumbling because you notice something is wrong. Wilde points out some signs that may be a sign of your cat's murmur:
Signs of a heart murmur
- Most heart murmurs are asymptomatic until they have progressed.
- Signs can be subtle and nonspecific, sometimes consisting of fatigue and weight loss.
- When heart disease has developed, the most common clinical signs are associated with fluid buildup in and around the lungs. This may include shallow shallow breathing, panties and difficulty breathing. These signs are the most common clinical signs of heart failure.
- A heart drum can cause increased coagulation in the blood in a cat's body, which can be severe pain and inability to use the hind legs.
If you notice anything unusual or abnormal with your furry friend, please contact your veterinarian. The skills and guidance of your pet's veterinarian are crucial, as they can listen to your cat's heart and recommend the next course of action.
Trupanion claims data
We sat down with the Trupanion data team to investigate further claims about heart movements and the cost of care for your cat. For example, "the average claim on the amount of heart murmurs is $ 210. Even so far, the Trupanion policy has paid nearly 5,000 individual claims on the heart, for a total payment of more than $ 1 million," said Trupanion data analyst Malia Prescott. *
Your cat's heart mumbles may appear when you least expect it. While some heart murmurs can be detected as a kitten, others may occur later in life. In fact, every cat is different and not everyone will require daily medication or surgery.
further explains your household's various treatment options below:
- Whether a heart murmurs needs treatment depends on the severity of the murmur, such as how advanced it is, the cause of the murmur and what related clinical signs are of your best friend.
- There is no cure for a heart drum, but you can try medication to treat the associated clinical signs.
- The treatment depends on the cause of the mumbling and the signs you are trying to deal with.
- The most commonly used medications are diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and sometimes anti-coagulation medications.
- A diet change may also be beneficial.
If your cat is diagnosed with a heart murmur, you only know that medical treatment and care have evolved over the years.
With the help and guidance of your veterinarian and lots of kisses and pillows from the family, your pet will be in the best possible care!
To learn more about feline medical conditions, read Arthritis in Cats: What You Need to Know
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