unfortunately, it cost me a bundle, but the vet ran an echocardiagram and chest xrays and told me lola's heart looks great, lungs clear as a bell. guess she's just fat. she is only 7 months old and weighs in at 8 lbs. she is on a diet.
lola was in acute renal failure one week after getting spayed, at about 12 weeks old. from the moment the vet diagnosed her, the prognosis was dim. the emergency vet basically told me she wouldn't make it. well, thank god she did! she made a very rapid and surprising recovery, and the vet(s) still do not know what caused her renal failure. she saw an internist, goes to a great cats-only vet, and i've consulted "dr mike" from vetinfo4cats.com. nobody can really tell me why she had this reaction... they just chalk it up to some sort of genetic problem, and that she was compromised by the anesthsia. the big mystery is that she went from bad to worse to normal in exactly three days. none of the vets had ever seen a cat recover so quickly from renal failure.
anyway, i digress! as usual. :roll: so the vet says she is all right, but i still wonder is it hyperthyroidism? i think kidney problems and panting/cardio problems are a symptom... i would think they would have ruled that out already, though.
thanks (again) for all your response and prayers!