Yesterday I had Presley in for her spay and it was discovered her heart is now beating so fast and hard it's actually audible to the human ear and easily felt as she's held. This comes as a complete shock to myself, Dr. Sharon, and of course her original mommy, Meagan. We are currently not aware of her prognosis, however, she too is now on the Pimobendan, taurine supplements, and Clavaseptin. I can only pray her condition was caught in time to be reversed without any negative effects.
I am beyond disappointed with the pet food manufacturers for the lack of research and studies done on low taurine in cat food and its effect on (pregnant) cats and their litters. I believe I'm now up to six different and unrelated litters plus a colony of cats that have heart or related issues.
The boys are generally okay with a diet rich in taurine. A good quality food with a high taurine percentage is essential to your feline's well being.
If I had the right company backing me, I would be able to more than prove my findings, alongside my veterinarian of course. Without her, we wouldn't know what we know. I've heard of other vets "seeing this in rescues often" yet it seems as though no one is making an effort to look into the reason why. We already know the reason why; low taurine at conception. We have ultrasounds, x-rays, and of course, we have autopsies to back us up. It's heart breaking. I believe everything happens for a reason, I just wish I knew how to move ahead and get this out there so the pet food industry (and many other professionals) would wake up and address the problem.
Perhaps some of these issues could be from in-breeding, but honestly? The one common theme I've found here, is a certain cat treat that's given to most of the felines. I won't share the brand or name of this treat as I have no proof. My best advice here is if you want to give your felines a treat once in a while, please give them a piece of roasted chicken or order some protein tablets for cats from your vet. There are so many different options in cat treats and I can assure you the cheaper brands are not the way to go. Most are high in salt which is very bad for a feline's heart.
Needless to say, the remaining girls will not be spayed as I now recommend they all wait until at least 6 months of age prior to spay. All the female Country Bumpkins will have x-rays next week so I will have an update then. Hopefully Presley's condition is a fluke. I know first hand she was well fed and cared for. In no way, shape, or form do I point any fingers at any of my fosters, finders, or former owners. Without proper research being done, how is the public supposed to know? I am only seeing this because of the dedication and thoroughness of my vet, Dr. Sharon. My post isn't to advertise her or her clinic, to convince you she's the best vet out there (even if I do think so myself 😉), or to sell you any product or food.
This is more of a rant out of sadness for all the 11 babies I've lost due to Dilated Cardiomyopathy or other low taurine associated issues. It's just wrong. I don't want to see the numbers climb. In rescue, you know there will be a lot of sadness. The frustrating thing for me is I see much of this sadness is preventable simply by forcing the pet food industry to increase the amount of taurine in their food products and conducting research on their food longer than 6 months (I forget where I read this my apologies) and instead continue their research for an added year for a total of 18 months.
We all have questions, however we don't have answers. This is part of the reason why I am not in a rush to adopt out my kittens at 6-8 weeks. Presley is now 14 weeks old. Several of our taurine related losses came after the kitten was 8 weeks old. Had I ever been in a rush to adopt out my babies... Well, can you imagine the poor family that loses a young kitten? How traumatized it would be for a child? I don't think I'd ever forgive myself if that happened to one of my rescues.
I apologize for the book when all I wanted to do was share the devastating news about our Princess Presley. Please keep her in your thoughts and send your love, prayers, and healing vibes her way. We need another miracle.
Love Nicole ❤️
A mom of 3 that loves Jesus Christ, my children, cats, and of course, all that God created. Thank you for checking us out here at ELM!