Symptoms Of Heart Problems In Cats Lethargy/weakness/inactivity. Difficulty with or discontinuing exercise. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing possibly accompanied by fluid buildup in the lungs and chest. Sudden paralysis of the hind quarters.

What are the symptoms of heart problems in cats?

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Cats

  • Poor appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Lethargy or inactivity.
  • Difficulty with or discontinuing exercise.
  • Regularly elevated heart rate.
  • Increased respiratory rate and effort.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Sudden hind leg paralysis.

What are the signs of congestive heart failure in a cat?

The most common symptom of congestive heart failure in cats is difficulty breathing.
Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure in Cats

  • Coughing.
  • Lethargy.
  • Weight loss.
  • Abdominal bloating (due to fluid accumulation)
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Loss of consciousness.

How long do cats live with heart disease?

What is the life expectancy of cats with heart disease? Cats with structural heart disease will likely develop recurrent signs of congestive heart failure over time and require lifelong medication. In general, the average survival time after a cat has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure is 6 to 12 months.

How do you test for heart disease in cats?

Electrocardiogram (ECG) – to measure electrical activity of your cat’s heart to find heart rhythm problems. Echocardiogram – ultrasound by a board-certified vet cardiologist to view your cat’s heart in great detail. This test is the gold standard for diagnosing heart disease in cats.

What are the 4 stages of congestive heart failure?

There are four heart failure stages (Stage A, B, C and D). The stages range from “high risk of developing heart failure” to “advanced heart failure.”
Stage C

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Feeling tired (fatigue).
  • Less able to exercise.
  • Weak legs.
  • Waking up to urinate.
  • Swollen feet, ankles, lower legs and abdomen (edema).

What causes heart issues in cats?

A wide range of medical conditions can develop into feline congestive heart failure, including thyroid disease, high blood pressure, heartworm disease, anemia, tumors, and birth defects. But the leading cause is HCM.

Do cats with heart disease sleep a lot?

Unlike dogs, cats are not often ‘exercised’ (eg, taken for walks on a lead) so it is often much more difficult to detect that they have reduced exercise ability – often an early sign of heart disease. Cats are likely just to spend a little more time resting or sleeping and this may not be very obvious.

How quickly does heart failure progress in cats?

A severe form of heart muscle disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) is seen in some Maine Coon cats. Affected cats may begin to develop problems as early as three months of age, while less affected cats show signs of heart failure by two to four years of age.