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I'm apologizing in advance because I already posted on the health board but I know not everyone checks there. If you need to move/take down this thread, I will understand. I just really need some prayers for my little guy right now.

He threw up Sat night/Sun morning and wouldn't eat on Sunday. In the 6 years I've had Justin he has never lost his appetite, he is ALWAYS hungry, even when sick.

This morning when I got up he looked like he was having a hard time breathing so I rushed him into the vet. The vet did an x-ray, he has fluid in his lungs and his temp is only 95-96 when it should be 101. They were having to give him oxygen because he was having such a hard time breathing. She can't tell exactly what is wrong, but she suspects cardiomyopathy (heart failure) but we will have to get an ultrasound of his heart to really know because she couldn't visualize the heart on the x-ray from all the fluid. It could also be pneumonia, but she didn't think so because his temp was low and not high. Right now they are keeping him stablized and we are transferring him at 5:30 to an overnight emergency place where they can give him oxygen if needed. He is on antibiotics and a drug to help him pee, so he can hopefully get rid of the extra fluid.

This is killing me. I love this cat so much. My husband joined me at the vet's office to hear the results of the x-ray and even he started crying after we left. I have only seen him cry/tear up twice in the almost 10 years we've been together. :cry:

I just don't know what I'll do if I lose him. I feel so guilty for all the times I lost my temper with him or didn't spend enough time with him. I also gave him a couple mLs of water last night force feeding so he wouldn't dehydrate, but now I think that was a very bad thing since he has too much fluid. I also gave some new treats yesterday and my husband is worried that maybe they had some of that stuff from China that causes kidney failure. I don't know.

He just really looks bad. I'm so scared. I've had him for 6 years and I just want him to be okay. :cry: I can't stop crying, it just can't be time for him to go yet.

Edit to add a picture of Justin and me:

 

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Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your Justin. *closes eyes to send good thoughts and healing wishes for a speedy recovery* You did the best you could for him and I'm sure the vets will work hard to keep him with you. Be sure to take care of yourself through this...
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Thoughts and prayers going out to both of you. You need to make sure you care for yourself and your upcoming baby during this time too. Take care.
 

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Good thoughts for Justin, and for you as well. Giving the fluid to him to prevent dehydration just shows that you love him very much, and I don't think it would have made a difference in the fluid buildup in his lungs.

I hope that the doctors are able to determine what is going on with him.
 

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I'm so sorry you are going through this with Justin. My thoughts and prayers going out to both of you, that he gets better very soon! :(

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Prayers going out for Justin and hugs going out for you. Poor guy, he is a beautiful cat. We have all been through scares and difficult times with our beloved kitties and understand how difficult it can be. Best wishes for a complete recovery.
 

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Prayers going up right now for you and your beautiful kitty. No guilt! I can tell what a great kitty-mom you are just by the look on his face in that pic! At least you caught it early. I had no warning when Ignatius had cardiomyopathy. You are very observant, a sign of a very in-tune moma kat. (((BIG HUGS)))
 

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:patback Keeping you guys in my thoughts. Don't feel guilty, Shannon. You've given Justin a great 6 years and hopefully many many more to come. Hang in there!
 

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Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers. He is now in the care of the emergency overnight vet until tomorrow morning. They did another x-ray and an ultrasound; it does show that he has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This has caused fluid in his lungs and in the space around the lungs. The vet seemed fairly positive towards us and did say it cannot be cured but it can be treated with medication. The vet recommended that we see a cardiologist to determine what meds and what dosage will be best for him.I am still very scared of the things I have read online, it does sound like that the BEST case scenario is that he will have a few more years if the meds help him. Which at this point, I am really praying for. I just want more time to love him.
His breathing is much better, he is peeing, but his temperature was still too low when we came in. He did look better when we left him tonight and I just hope he continues to improve. He is getting heat and oxygen and all sorts of meds right now.
I don't know what we'll be doing from here...we are a little worried about having to transfer him back to our family vet tomorrow morning, because we're afraid it is stressful for him there. (He can't stay at the emergency place.)
Please keep praying and also for my husband and I to make the best decisions for our little guy.
 

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May the kitty guardian angels bless and keep watch over you, your husband, and Justin.
Healing thoughts and prayers going out for you!
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I'm keeping you, Justin, and your husband in my thoughts. It sounds like you're doing everything humanly possible for him.

We all have the same thoughts as you about fearing the worst and wondering how on earth you'll cope with a loss. I certainly hope this isn't a factor for you for years and years, but just in case, please know you're surrounded by a bunch of people who feel the same way, almost all of whom have been through it already. We do understand.
 
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