Cats with a heart murmur is just like a person with one. There may be things that the cat shouldn't do (i.e ride on roller coasters, no sky diving etc..) I believe for the cat to lead the best quality of life the cat should be an indoor cat, if the cat isn't spayed or neutered you should talk to a vet about doing it. Carefully control the amount of cat food as an over-weight cat would put unneeded pressure on the heart. With the right owner who loves and cares for the cat, and if the cat is deemed otherwise healthy minus the heart murmur by a vet, and is not suffering, it should lead a normal life - without skydiving ; ) 96% of people also have heart murmurs. They are not usually life-threatening and have no significant health issues. Keep the cat! Everybody needs a home :) ANSWER- I HAD A CAT THAT LIVED FOR 21 YEARS, his name was Sterling and he was just like a child. When he was sick, I would take him to vet. He had kidney problems,and heart problems. His heart problems went on for 4 years, but eventually he was having heart attacks all the time. He would collapse and cry. So two years ago, finally decided to put him at peace and very humanely. But for those 21 years he was great. Then last year, I was feeding a stray in the alley and now she is part of the family, and have spent $2,000 on radiation for thyroid! Of course, if you cannot afford to take care of the cat, it should be brought to a shelter rather than left to fend for itself.
I would keep taking her to the vet for reassessment every 3-4 weeks until she is at least 6 months old. Sometimes kittens have murmurs when they are young, but as they get older the murmur disappears or becomes much less severe. A Grade IV or V heart murmur is pretty serious - it's loud and generally means there is a functional problem with the heart. If it doesn't get better with age, I would suggest having a full cardiologic work-up done, including EKG and an ultrasound of the heart. This will give you a much better idea of what is causing the murmur and what the potential outcomes of the murmur are.
The heart is arguably one of the most important organs in the entire human body. Because of this, it can be very frightening when a person comes to find even the slightest problem with their own. One common health-scare that many people face is finding out that they have a heart murmur. A hear murmur simply means that the sound of their heartbeat differs from the normal sounds that the heart makes when the valves are opening and closing. One of the reasons that heart murmurs occur is because of the rapidity or volume of a person's blood flow traveling to and from the heart. For most people, a heart murmur is not a serious problem and usually not life threatening. Heart murmurs are not considered to be a specific disease or condition by themselves, but can indicate other health problems which are found through further tests. Doctors typically diagnose heart murmurs by listening to a person's heartbeat by way of a stethoscope. If the doctor has reason to believe that the heart murmur is a symptom of another health issue, they will perform tests to discover any additional problems. If a problem is identified, the condition will be treated and it is likely that the heart murmur will go away on its own. However, for those that do not have an additional health issue, the heart murmur will continue. If a child is born with a heart murmur, it usually goes away as the child grows older. There is no treatment for heart murmurs other than finding an underlying condition and treating that. Doctors do not consider heart murmurs to be serious most of the time, so patients that discover a heart murmur need not panic. Instead, a person should make an appointment with their doctor for a checkup on their heart. This will help both the doctor and patient to rule out anything serious. The most important thing is to keep the heart healthy and strong which can be done through proper nutrition and cardio- centric exercises. Most people with a heart murmur have the ability to live their lives without fear or worry as long as they continue to take care of themselves and their health.
On the contrary, exercise and activity are good for murmur dogs. They leaner and more fit you keep them, the less strain on their heart. As long as he is not wheezing or lethargic, I wouldn't worry. Sometimes puppies can even grow out of heart murmurs, or so I've heard. I'd like to add, make sure you take care of his teeth, as there is a connection yucky teeth and heart problems.
I am hoping that you are wondering because you want to adopt one to keep as a pet. If that is the case, I wouldn't go for a stray for several reasons, but disease is one of the big ones. You should probably look in your local newspaper for kittens. Most of the time they are free. But if a stray is really what you want, try the Arby's parking lot. That's usually where I see stray cats and kittens. Or sometimes they are in the parking lot of grocery stores.
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