My cat McCartney died of an enlarged heart 5 years ago at the age of 6. I did not know about his heart until a half hour before he passed. I have been scared to research this condition because I was afraid I'd feel guilt for not catching this condition sooner. I was scared to find ways I could have treated it. But today for some reason I googled it and regret looking it up. I went on petmd. It said the main causes are lack of Taurine in diet, and other than that, reasons are unknown. Luckily I just looked up the ingredients to the wet and dry food I fed McCartney, and Taurine is in both. So with that being said, it was a rare fluke thing that he had this condition.
But. There are treatments like blood thinners, if you catch the condition early. In order to catch it early, you'd have to take your cat in for a general check-up, and the vet would maybe detect an abnormal heartbeat. You'd find out then, and begin to treat it however you could. My whole problem is, I can't remember the last time I had taken McCartney into the vet for a general check-up. Everything is a blur to me. I may be able to find his old vet papers, but I'm scared to see those too. What if it had been years since I took him in, and because of that, I never found out about his heart. This is suddenly killing me. I felt guilty when he died, but now it's coming back because I've actually researched it and am thinking about it practically.
I think regardless, even with treatment, they don't have a long lifespan with this condition. But what if I could've caught this early and helped him live longer? I really don't know. It saddens me very much that it's possible I could've had my boy longer :(
So I want to say to all of you: take your pets in for a check-up every year. Make sure your cats have Taurine in their diet (if you have dogs, you may want to check if they need it too).
~I love you eternally, McCartney boy~
You can visit my kitty McCartney's Rainbow Bridge Memorial here: http://www.rainbowbridge.com/residents/MCCAR001/Resident.htm