How to Treat Heart Disease in Cats

How to Treat Heart Disease in Cats



One of the serious medical conditions in cats is heart disease, which may lead to death if it is untreated. However, knowing the symptoms of heart disease in cats will surely help you to avoid any dangerous situations in future. Continue reading to know the symptoms of it and how to treat it.



Types of Heart Disease in Cats


Acquired or congenital:

Acquired heart disease usually happens in adult cats because of tearing and wearing in the heart. Furthermore, infection or injury can also lead to acquired heart disease.

On the other hand, congenital heart disease can be inherited and it happens from birth.



Symptoms of Heart Disease in Cats

It is so hard to identify the early onset of heart disease in cats. Unfortunately, only when the disease is in an advanced condition, the clinical signs start to be displayed by cats. However, cats tend to become more lethargic and withdrawn at this point.


How to treat Heart Disease in Cats

How to treat Heart Disease in Cats

These are heart disease’s most common symptoms and signs:


  • Collapse/fainting

  • Sudden hind leg paralysis

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Excessed respiratory effort and rate

  • Regularly elevated heart rate

  • Discontinuing or difficulty with exercise

  • Inactivity or lethargy

  • Weight loss

  • Poor appetite



Treatment for Heart Disease in Cats

Sadly, there’s no cure for advanced heart disease in cats, but it can be cured if the symptoms were discovered early.


You can get the help of your vet to give your cat some medications that can decrease the heart’s workload, slow down the heart rate, and relax the muscle of the heart. To reduce fluid overload, veterinarians prescribed diuretics.


Furthermore, your veterinarian may also recommend some other types of treatment such as surgical procedures, taurine supplementation, oxygen therapy, or a low-sodium diet.


Heart Disease in Cats – Lifespan

The expected survival time of a cat is 6-12 months if it that has congestive heart failure.

If your cat has congestive heart failure, you need to take it to the vet regularly to get its heart health checked and monitored.


Early Detection of Heart Disease

Before the symptoms happen, the vets usually identify the heart disease. So, the best thing you can do is take your cat to the vet regularly to be checked for its overall health.



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