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Hello, I have a 4 year old male domestic short hair rescue named Charlie. I found him alone at a little league baseball park when he was only 2 weeks old. He was recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. We've had xrays and echocardiogram done. On July 2, we took him to the emergency vet because he was having difficulty breathing. He stayed overnight and got oxygen and IV lasix and sedatives. He was diagnosed with heart failure, and fluid in and around his lungs. The fluid was resolved so he was discharged.
At home, he's on lasix and enalapril.
We've asked the vets several times whether they think he has HCM or RCM, and they are unable to agree. They all agree he has severe heart damage.

Charlie had several good days in a row, and his respiration rate was good. It seems now that he is declining. He's looking puffy, and is breathing faster and harder. We don't want to have him hospitalized again. But, we are wondering if there is a treatment that would relieve his symptoms but would not require hospitalization or over stress him.
We accept that he isn't going to get well, and he's nearing the end of his life. But, we want to make him comfortable.
We are also struggling to make the best choice on the timing of when or if we should make the decision for him. We don't want him to suffer, but we do want him to have fun and enjoy life.

We also have two other kitties - both rescues. We have Rue, who is 8 years old, and Paisley, who is 2 years old.

Thank you!
Julie
 

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Hi Julie:
I am so sorry your cat is suffering! It's heartbreaking I know. Sometimes all you can do is show them a lot of love. Having other cats in the house should at least give him companionship.

I really hope he does a turnaround and gets well. I will keep my fingers crossed for him.

Thanks for being a rescuer!🥰
 
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