Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brother's Cardiologist

Greetings Everypaw

It's been a while since I've been on -- sorry for that. Although you may not always see me or hear me -- I've thought of you often. It's just lately the Mommies' lives have been in a great upheaval and getting them to make it so I can talk here has been more on the back burner. Mommi would love for me to talk regularly again -- but we will see. No promises. But I told her that The Catdom understand these things and like our love for our Mommies and Daddies are unconditional, so is our love for our brethren.

So anyways.....

Book, March 2015
The title says "Brother's Cardiologist"  As I may or may not have mentioned over the years, Book - my Brother, has a heart murmur. When he was adopted he was already 3 years old, it caused our V-E-T to want to monitor it, but not actively worry.  So ... a couple of weeks ago when we went in for our Annual Check Ups and S-H-O-T-S the Doctor looked at his murmur. It was worse than the last Check Up. Plus he needs his teeth cleaned and for that we are placed under anesthesia, those of us with heart murmurs have to be especially careful when we "go under" and since our doctor is not a specialist in this, he has sent us to a friend who is a specialist in Kitty Hearts. Apparently, there are is a 1-6 Heart Murmur Scale that the doctor uses and Brother is a number 4 out of 6, so we really need to find out what type of murmur he has. There are 3 basic types of Heart Murmurs.  

Type 1: You're relatively ok, you are monitored for any changes, but chances are you'll be like many of our hooman counterparts with murmurs and be okay for life and something unrelated will have you cross the Bridge. The most common type.

Type 2: Eww! You poor kitteh you have to manage your murmur with medicine. Maybe pills, maybe liquids - I don't remember if the doctor specified if there is a usual type of medicine distribution.

Type 3: This is the scariest one that I would not wish on my worstest enemy. No meds to help this murmur. This is the one where Kitty is minding his or her own business just doing their thing when POOF, BAM  --- Kitty is on the floor dead, no warning, no nothing. Alive one second and bouncing across the Bridge the next.  I hope Brother does not have this kind. If he does, though every day with him will be precious.

His appointment is at 10:30 am -- we are expecting this to take at least 1.5-2 hours. I will be at home with Grandma while the Mommies take him in. Mommi had to take off work today to go with Mommy, just in case we are told he has that 3rd Type of Murmur. We want to be prepared if it is #3, but it will still be very hard to hear.  

I will try to post the results shortly after their return.  Feel free to use the form on my page to email me to remind me if I have not done so in a couple of days. The form is in the upper right corner.

May the catnip always be plentiful and the string never fray,
~ Brooch


  1. I hope things go well. the boyz and I are sending positive thoughts your way...

  2. Oh dear.......well of course we will hope and pray that Book's murmur is a #1 - I too have a murmur but mine is minor so I guess I'm a #1 myself. It is a concern though because now I have hyperthyroidism so it's important I take my meds or it will effect my heart murmur. No worries if you can't visit/blog often because no matter WHAT, we know that life sometimes gets in the way of FUN (!!)......we'll see you when you can blog - and hope you visit once in a while............let us know about Book. Paws crossed for a good report!

    Hugs, Sammy

  3. Hope it all goes well. Sending purrs SKipper

  4. We're purring that all goes well for Book.