I wanted to take a moment to talk about cat heart health.
Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death in humans, but did you know heart problems commonly affects cats too?
In humans, It is estimated that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented by controlling the main risk factors: tobacco, diet and exercise. Heart health is an important subject for our pets as well. In fact, they can get just about every type of heart problem that we humans can. That’s why it’s so important to feed your cat a healthy diet and to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise.
So , let’s learn a little about heart health in cat.
First – what is the structure and function of your cat’s heart? I have a good article that explains just that. Go to:Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System in Cats.
Here are some common heart diseases in cats that you may want to learn a little more about:
Chronic Valvular Heart Disease in Cats
Congestive Heart Failure in Cats (very common)
Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Cats (DCM)
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Cats
Restrictive Cardiomyopathy in Cats
Cardiac Arrhythmias in Cats (Abnormal heart rhythm)
These articles will tell you about the disease and the signs to watch for.
Also, please take care of yourself and know the signs of heart disease. Don’t take any warning sign lightly.
Your pet needs you!
One more thing ….does your cat need to be on heartworm prevention? Find out. Heartworm Prevention Guidelines for Cats.