The moment we welcome our feline friends into our homes, they do not simply remain as mere animals or pets – they become part of our family. When we want what’s best for our family, we also aim to provide the best for our furry friends.
This is also the very reason why when our cats get sick or maybe feeling a bit off, we also worry about them. And ultimately, it is going to be quite a difficult ordeal to go through when it is time for us to say goodbye to our cats. I have a throat in my stone even thinking about the idea, but lets talk about congestive heart failure in cats and when to euthanize
Deciding to whether or not it is time to euthanize our cats when we see them experience so much pain is really a tough one. Here’s to hoping that as you read along, you will be able to arrive at a decision that’s going to be best for you and your cat.
Quite a very general term, the congestive heart failure in cats occurs when your cat’s heart is unable to deliver the required amount of blood supply to their body, resulting to fluids getting stuck in their lungs. It is a condition that knows no age, gender, and breed. Although, it is evident that middle-aged to senior cats are more vulnerable to this condition.
When a cat has congestive heart failure, they may exhibit the following symptoms:
Congestive heart failure in cats occur during hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or a condition wherein the walls of your cat’s heart thickens. Once this occurs, your cat’s heart is unable to stretch to its maximum capacity to supply blood in the body. At times, it can also be traced back to the existence of a thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and heredity and genetics. It could be caused by failure of the left side, or right side, or both sides of your cat’s heart.
There are a series of tests done in order to arrive at a diagnosis. These tests include an electrocardiogram; an echocardiogram in order to evaluate your cat’s heart structure and function; blood and urine tests: including thyroid hormone test, CBC count, biochemical panel, heartworm test, FeLV/FIV test, and urinalysis; blood pressure measurement; and chest radiographs of the heart, blood vessels, and lungs (It’s quite a handful of x-rays, but there a lot of affordable cat x-ray costs out there).
Here are some pointers to hopefully help you make that decision:
Of course, we will do everything in our power just to keep our pets alive and stay with us. But some circumstances will really lead to hard choices for us to make – especially when we see our cat, a family member, suffering too much. Clear your mind and think about what’s going to be best for your cat. Do message us if you need a chat, we are here for you.