We took Tom to the Vets this morning for his annual check up and booster jab. The lovely lady vet gave him a thorough rummage and check over, listened to his heart then said
"Do you know he's got a heart murmur..."
We had absolutely no idea. Apparently cats are supposed to lose weight with this condition. Tom is 3.7 kilos - as normal. He has an excellent (if slightly gourmet) appetite. He hustles for treats whenever he can get away with it and is ferociously irritable if his regular food fails to appear at an acceptable time. He's drinking normally.
He's quite an old cat (11 years) and he prefers to stay indoors. I thought that he'd slowed up a little over the winter, but I attributed it to the fact that he wasn't going out at all. I thought that he'd just got a little bit 'cranky'.
Now we know what's going on. The vet has told me just to keep an eye on how he's sleeping. If he sleeps in a normal curled up ball then he's feeling OK. If he sleeps in the 'tea cosy' position then he's probably struggling to breathe and we should have him checked out again. We also need to keep an eye on his appetite and drinking habits.
At the moment he's sprawled out across the duvet in our bedroom. He's had some cooked ham treats AND a little bit of cheesy baked bean sauce at lunchtime. He demanded his tinned food about 30 minutes ago and I told him to wait until I'd finished blogging.
He's got a very good life for a cat - I just hope that he's going to be with us for a fair bit longer..