Blood Clots in Cats: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Blood Clots

October 13, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

What Causes Blood Clots in Cats?

  • Blood clots are caused by heart disease in cats. They are a big complication of cardiomyopathy and heart failure conditions. If symptoms are discovered before the heart failure gets severe, there is a chance for a long life.
  • Blood clots can develop in cats after surgery or anesthesia.
  • Commonly blood clots in cats will form in the section of the aorta that delivers blood and oxygen to the back legs. Also read  auto immune’s hemolytic anemia in cats

Symptoms of Blood Clots in Cats

  • Cats will show symptoms of blood clots with extreme pain, fast pulse and heart rate, difficulty breathing, vomiting, lethargy and panting that occurs even while at rest.
  • Fainting spells may occur as a complication from heart failure.
  • The back legs of a cat may be paralyzed after the clot is thrown. This condition may be permanent or temporary.

Treating Cats Blood Clots Naturally

  • Stress increases the work that the heart must do to perform its functions efficiently and effectively.
    Keep your cats life stress free.
  • Know that over 2/3 of the cats that develop a blood clot will die  and the rest will continue to have recurrent blood clots that form.
  • Oxygen therapy is given to the cat for treating blood clots.
  • Diuretics to remove fluid build up around the heart abs lungs may be needed.
  • Medications are given to thin out the cats blood to avoid further clots. This will help the circulation to reach all vital organs.
  • Activity is temporarily restricted to rest the heart. Activity will be added slowly. Total inactivity for prolonged periods of time increase the risks of other clots forming.
  • A good solid diet that includes taurine is essential to prevent cardiomyopathy and blood clots.
  • Read more about treatment of cardiomyopathy in cats
  • Do not breed cats that have known heart defects.
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Causes of Cardiomyopathy in Cats

  • Cardiomyopathy in cats can be an inherited trait.
  • This disease in cats that affects the heart muscle can also be caused by hyperthyroidism.
  • A lack of taurine has been linked to a cause of cardiomyopathy in cats.
  • Taurine is a protein that cat’s need that did not used to be in the commercial brands of food for cats.
  • Presently, manufacturers are adding this essential nutrient to the food, so it is unlikely that a cat would have this deficiency unless he has been on a very poor diet. Perhaps strays would be affected.
  • Read more about feline heart murmur and its treatment

Cardiomyopathy Symptoms in Cats

  • The symptoms of cardiomyopathy in cats are usually not evident to the pet owner.
  • This disease seems to show itself more in the older cats, therefore the symptoms of inactivity and loss of appetite are sometimes overlooked or thought to be part of the cats aging.
  • Young kittens can have the disease and can be treated effectively, only because inactivity and loss of appetite are not normal for the kitten so pet owners pick up on it right away.
  • Late in the disease process, difficulty breathing and a buildup of fluid in the lungs causes problems.
  • Read more about enlarged heart in cats and its treatment.

Treatments of Cardiomyopathy in Cats

  • Treatments involve being observant for the cat to start exhibiting any breathing with its mouth open or excessive panting which indicate difficulty breathing. Seek medical help.
  • The cat may be prescribed medication to thin the blood out to prevent blood clots. Blood clots are a common complication of this heart disease. Generally blood clots breaking loose will cause a paralyzing of the cats back legs.
  • Water pills or diuretics may be needed to remove excess fluids around the heart and lings.
  • Cats with cardiomyopathy should not have salt in their diets. Salt causes more water build up .
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Causes of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Cats

  • This irreversible condition in cats may be genetic.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats is a heart disease that effects the heart muscle itself.
  • The heart wall becomes rigid and stiff and doesn’t  allow the chambers to fill with blood properly.
  • Read more about what causes blood clots in cats

Symptoms Of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy In Cats

  • Symptoms of this disease that can effect cats of all ages are, labored breathing because of fluid buildup, fast respirations, racing pulse, lethargy, inactivity and appetite loss.
  • The cat may not tolerate any type of activity and is easily tired.
  • Paralysis of rear legs can occur  due to clots breaking off and traveling through the main vessel of the heart and lodging near the hind legs. By this time, time should be spent making the most of whatever time the cat has left.

Cats Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Treatement

  • Treatment requires reducing the stress in the cats life and preventing the heart from racing.
  • A low salt diet is recommended to prevent fluid buildup which puts more strain on the cats heart.
  • Activity should not be pushed. Frequent rest periods are needed. You may have to resort to putting the cat in his cage to ensure proper rest periods.
  • Natural herbs like mistletoe and hawthorne berry slow down the heart rate and relaxes spasms.
  • Two other natural herbs that help minimize symptoms are lobelia and gilead. These herbs assist in blood flow and circulation.
  • Always check with an herbal specialist or homeopathic professional to determine proper herbs to use and accurate dosages for best results.
  • Even though your cat may not be the spunky little kitty you once knew, they can still enjoy a quality life with you with a little tender loving care and some understanding into what their basic needs are.

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