Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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Dilated cardiomyopathy in cats is a heart disease. The condition causes heart chambers to enlarge. This means they cannot pump blood effectively.

Unfortunately, certain breeds are predisposed to the condition. For example, Siamese, Burmese, and Abyssinian cats often develop it.

Technically, the condition is also known as enlarged heart in cats.

If you see the signs of the condition in your cat, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Cats

The condition produces a range of symptoms. For example, the most common symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Hypothermia
  • Coughing
  • Pain
  • Heart murmur
  • Avoiding exercise
  • Low heart rate
  • High heart rate

Causes of the Condition in Cats

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The cause of the condition is unknown. Although a lack of taurine can contribute to the condition.

Also, male cats develop the condition more often than female cats.

Additionally, the following cat breeds can be predisposed to it:

Treatments for the Condition in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s symptoms. Secondly, your vet will ask about your cat’s full medical history.

Thirdly, a physical examination will be carried out.

Fourthly, your vet will monitor your cat’s heart condition. An Electrocardiogram (EKG) and X-rays will be used.

Ultimately, the condition is confirmed with an echocardiograph. This lets your vet view your cat’s heart.

Generally, your cat’s treatment depends on their symptoms. For example, some cases require a stay in hospital. Oxygen therapy will be used.

Additionally, medicine can help your cat’s heart function. As always, if your vet prescribes your cat any medicine, make sure to stick to the correct dose and frequency instructions. Also, complete the full course of medicine.

Also, a low sodium diet can help. Your vet will formulate a safe diet for your cat.

Generally, it’s vital to keep up vet visits while your cat recovers. This is to closely monitor their heart condition and recovery.

Have you ever cared for a cat who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your cat recover? Let us know in the comments section below.