Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ninja Update

Ninja had his cardiac echo last week. The results were shocking to say the least. We suspeced HCM (Hypertrophic cardio myopathy)Which is a thickening of the heart walls so much that the heart can't work properly. What we found was that Ninja has DCM (Dilated Cardio Myopathy)which is a thinning and weakening of the heart wall. DCM is very very rare in cats and its just unheard of in kittens. The normal cause is a Taurine deficiency. Years ago before commercial cat foods supplemented Taurine, lots of cats died of DCM. Now, its virtually irradicated.

So we've sent off a Taurine level test. If its low, then we will supplement his taurine, and if he is able to process it properly, his heart will prepare and he will be ok. Thats the hope. The reality is, it takes years for Taurine deficiency to cause this level of heart disease in a cat. Ninja has only been alive for 6 months. This indicates that its a congenital defect. If this is the case, prognosis is grave. Weeks to months to live. We've sent off a Taurine level test, results back in 2 weeks! 2 weeks! Might as well be an eternity.

Meanwhile I'm just enjoying every day with him. If figures that MY cat has the weird diagnosis and short lifespan. I seem to get a lot of that. But maybe thats just God giving me the special ones, because he knows I'll take care of them. Or maybe God is punishing me for putting my pets before him in my life.

I don't know. All I know is, it sucks. Ninja is a cool cat, and I love him so much.



And Sully Wully, looking handsome


Adelante4 said...

Aww i hope everything works out. Such a cute kitty.

Helen from Dog Beds


So many cases of sick dogs and cats at a young age...but I believe they've been put into your care, even if it's for a few months to a year, for a good reason. Oso lived just under 6 years. He was given a year prognosis, so the extra we got was good. Keep doing what your doing. It's nice to know there are pet lovers out there.


I think it's because you are gifted and a normal cat owner would have totally missed this diagnosis. Thank goodness Ninja is in good hands!


Just wanted to say that your care is commendable and if anything, God put you in charge of these loveable creatures. None of us really know why we get pets for such a short term. But the most we can hope is that we made an impact and somehow that made their existence meaningful. Keep up the good work!