Saturday, February 23, 2013

Teddy




As you know, Teddy is the man of the house now.
He will be nine years old soon.



Teddy


On his annual exam earlier this month the vet found a heart murmur.
Further testing shows that Teddy has HCM - hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.



Teddy




HCM causes the heart muscle to thicken making moving the blood more difficult.
It is the most common heart disease found in cats - especially in middle aged male cats -
just like Teddy.




Teddy


There is no cure for HCM.
It can be treated - in Teddy's case with a beta blocker.
Hopefully, Teddy will be with me and the girls several more years.

He will be checked by his vet every 3 months.


Teddy

He Came
He Purred
He Conquered all the hearts in this house.

Let this be a reminder.
Be sure you take your pet to the vet annually,
and, as they get older consider visits every 6 months.

Teddy and I wish YOU well and much joy!



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28 comments:

Vee said...

What a handsome boy! Those green eyes... We were thinking a little alike today. My kitty is ten this year. Good reminder about vet visits.

eileeninmd said...

Poor Teddy, I am glad the condition can be treated with medicine. Cute shots!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Teddy is a very handsome boy and looks like he could be a distant cousin of Romeo!

Yes they certainly DO conquer our hearts.

I wish him many more happy years doing so - hope they can correct this somewhat with the beta blockers, he's way too loved to leave anytime soon.

Hugs.

Deb said...

He's gorgeous, Snap. I'll be keeping him in my thoughts and hope that he fools us all and lives to be in his 20's. Deb

Hanne Bente said...

Glorious image series of an incredibly beautiful cat. Wish you a good weekend :) Hanne Bente

Irene said...

He is gorgeous, heart issues and all. Keep him well.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Poor Teddy! Middle age catches up to us all, doesn't it? But your person will take good care of you, handsome boy, and you will continue in your duties as man of the house for many years to come, I hope.

TexWisGirl said...

awww. long live teddy, i hope.

Karen said...

Teddy is very handsome. I hope he many more years ahead of him.

Dorothy Borders said...

I lost my Nicky to this disease, which still leaves a hole in my own heart. Take care of Teddy (I know you will) and give him hugs from Nicky and me.

Janet said...

Teddy is such a handsome guy and he's just about the same age as our Harley and LuLu. With your good care I'm sure he will continue with his man of the house duties for a long time.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Teddy is a handsome boy. My puss had lymphoma, so vet visits became very regular. Sam surprised the vet with his stamina for longer than she expected; perhaps Teddy will do the same!
-Karen

Laura said...

He's so handsome... our kitty Nef, who died recently of kidney failure had the slowest heartbeat our vet had ever heard.. she was on medication for that. She lived a very long time.

Karen and Gerard said...

You never know what the vet will find. We take our cats every 6 months too. Teddy is a handsome dude! Hope he has many more years with you!

Tina´s PicStory said...

i can feel the soft fur :)

ladyfi said...

Just gorgeous!

Lorraine said...

Such a handsome fellow! The photos are beautiful. Hoping for a long healthy life even with his heart murmur.

bailey-road.com said...

What a handsome boy Teddy is!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

What a face, he's not going anywhere! With all that love and admiration he plans on basking in the attention as long as he can and who would blame him. xox

sandyland said...

love him

edenhills said...

So sorry to hear about Teddy. Hopefully the medication will help him.

Mary said...

Snap~ What a beautiful face & kitty! I hope his medication works to keep around a long time!

Cezar and Léia said...

Teddy is a charming critter!
God bless you!
Cezar

Jacoba said...

What a beauty he is, and such heartbreaking news. Enjoy him as long as you can, he is gorgeous.
Very pretty knitting he is sitting on! I guess you pamper and spoil him to bits!
Love from Holland,
Jacoba

J Rye said...

I love his eyes!

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Gunilla Bäck said...

He's very handsome! I hope he stays with you for many more years.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Teddy is such a handsome cat! I hope he will do well on his meds. I have to find a local vet for my cat, Bo. He is 13 + and I've noticed he is drinking more water than usual..I wonder if he has diabetes? Time to get him tested!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Teddy is lovely!! I do hope that he will receive the treatment well.