Feline Cardiomyopathy is a disease that affects your cats heart muscle. It isn’t just a single disorder but a group of heart conditions combined.
There are three main types of Feline Cardiomyopathy which include Restrictive Cardiomopathy, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopatchy, and Dilated Cardimyopathy. There is a fourth type which is known a Unclassified Cardiomyopathy which not as severe as the first three types. A newer classified type is known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy which has been put in a seperate class by itself.
While some cats may go years without any noticeable heart disease many others may experience heart failure, or even death. Each type of heart disease cause different symptoms and your cat may suffer a variety of signs. The treatments for each also vary so depending on what your cat is diagnosed with will determine the outcome for your cat.
In most cases the treatment will be to helping to strengthen the heart contractions, dietary adjustments, nursing support, and reducing fluid buildup. The overall treatment plan will be created as needed for each individual cat. One may require more advanced treatment while some need only basic care.
Owners who notice that their cat may be suffering from cardiomopathy should always have their pets evaluated by a veterinarian right away. The earlier they receive a physical exam the better their chances of coming through everything better.