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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Six Toes Improving

Well, it's been a week and a half or so since Six Toes started taking more of his medicine and focused on being as healthy as he can be.  He sleeps a bit more with the new regimen, since his meds make him tired.  Once rested, however, he's still the same old Six Toes, energetic and wrestling with his brother.  From time to time he plays with our rabbit, Isabelle, whom he hasn't quite figured out yet as an animal. He knows she's not a cat, but he can't figure out what she is or if she's playing when she hops away or thumps her feet. 

He was a little stressed out when we had some construction and several strange men walking around his house.  He watched them with interest for a while and then decided after all the strange noises and shouting he'd hide under the bed.  There he remained until the workmen left.

Other than that day, he's been one relaxed and laid back kitty.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Six Toes Gets His Diagnosis

Today Six Toes visited the cardiologist.  I know, it's hard to believe that such things are possible.  Anyhow, away we went to the vet.  Six Toes loved the doctor, who saw right off the bat he had personality plus.  He listened to his heart and then looked up at me. 

"That's loud," he said.  "Maybe we should do an ultrasound so I can see what's going on."

Six Toes did NOT like the ultrasound.  He cried from the time they took him away until the time the brought him back.  I think he was afraid they weren't going to bring him back.

"Well, I can tell you what's wrong with Six Toes," the doc said.  "He's got HCM."

HCM is short for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  It's a disease of the muscle in the heart in which the muscle gets progressively thicker until the heart can no longer work properly.  Because Six Toes is a mutant, it's appropriate that HCM is a genetic disorder.  It's not something they can cure, but they can give him medicine to help his heart work better, such as the Atenolol he's been on. It's rare to have HCM show up in a young cat, which makes Six Toes even more special.

The doc wants to see Six Toes back every six months, just to make sure he's doing ok.

Six Toes cried all the way home, but he sure was happy to come back.  The first thing he did was to curl p in his favorite chair and go to sleep.