kwaller at peoplepc.com
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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ralf R Radermacher" <fotoralf at gmx.de>
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 R. Radermacher - Köln/Cologne, Germany
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