RIP Ambrose

Ken Waller kwaller at
Tue Jan 8 14:05:46 EST 2019


So sorry about your loss. Thanks for your warning about hobby breeders, if 
we get another cat, Maine Coons are high on our list.

BTW - what is HCM.

Kenneth Waller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ralf R Radermacher" <fotoralf at>
Subject: RIP Ambrose

> He would have had three years, this March. Last autumn, we noticed first 
> signs of breathing trouble. The diagnosis was as clear as it was cruel: 
> HCM. A hereditary heart condition that affects Maine Coons more than any 
> other race.
> He got some sort of beta blockers and something to get the water out of 
> his lung. It helped for a while but when we returned from Dunkirk, on 
> Sunday night, things were so bad that we took him to the vet first thing 
> in the morning. We hat to agree with her that we wouldn't do him any good 
> by trying to keep him alive under strong medication for another while. The 
> end was inevitable anyway.
> Definitely no good way to start a year. We'll always miss him.
> A word of warning for all who'd like a Maine Coon: stay away from 
> 'hobbyist' catteries! Serious breeders have their parent animals checked 
> for hereditary heart problems. You may save a few hundred but it's 
> certainly not worth it.
> Ralf
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