Unfortunately, I have had two Folds diagnosed with HCM. They were from totally different lines.
With the first cat, Heather (approximately 2 year old folded ear, longhaired Fold), I came home from work to find her weak and surrounded by vomit and diarrhea. I cleaned her up, medicated her for the diarrhea and vomiting, and placed her in my lap. About 10 minutes later, she went to get up. She couldn't seem to figure out how to jump off the couch. When she did, she collapsed. Her hind quarters were paralyzed. After extensive testing, Heather was diagnosed with HCM. The clot left her hind quarters permanently paralyzed with no control over her bowels and bladder. She had to be euthanized.
Casey's story has a much happier ending. Casey (shorthaired, folded ear) was diagnosed with HCM in 1994 at the age of 4. Luckily, the Vet noticed he had a murmur and rapid heart rate. An ultrasound and EKG was performed, which revealed the problem. Casey was put on a regime of one-third of a diltiazem (generic for cardizem) 120 mg capsule once a day and a baby aspirin twice a week. The diltiazem slows the heart rate and the aspirin minimizes the chance of clotting. Casey is still playing and acting as if nothing was wrong with him. The Vet stated that at the rate Casey was going, some malady other than HCM may end his life. Submitted by DeLynne Satimore/Mixologies
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