i have a nine year old male tabby . we took him to the vet because he was drinking a lot of water and thought he had diabetes. the blood work show negative for diabetes but the vet found a heart murmur. the vet referred us to a cat cardiologist. i can not afford the referral but love our cat , any suggestions?
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 9
Name of Cat: cinder
Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.Hello, Well, if the vet only tested blood sugar, that is not ideal!So many super common conditions can cause increased water intake. You need to know if they did a regular blood test and urine test. In particular, I am concerned about:-Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)-Acute Kidney Failure-Chronic Kidney FailureDiabetes is not even as common as the above named conditions. In fact, a urinary tract infection, is also a common cause to cause to a cat to drink more water. Taht being said...heart murmur...well, if its is a grade 1, 2 or 3, it is not as important as doing regular blood and urine testing for the above conditions. Also, cat cardiologist? You must be referring to a regular cardiology specialist. Unless the murmur is very loud and the vet is worried about congestive heart failure, your focus should be on:A feline basic blood test (with a thyroid level) and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations. What can tests tell you:Chemistry Panel CBC (complete blood count)UrinalysisGood LuckDr. Andy Please reply ANY time more information is needed using the REPLY TO EXPERT button. Please remember to leave feedback by selecting a SMILEY FACE followed by “Submit”This is necessary, so I may receive credit from the website for my response, even if you are a subscribing member. Only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "bad" or "poor", please stop and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button. I would be happy to continue assisting further, and do everything I can to be of the greatest assistance. REMEMBER: Even after you submit feedback, you can still review our discussion or reply if needed. Unfortunately, I cannot legally prescribe medications or offer a definitive diagnosis without performing a physical examination, which is necessary to establish a client-patient-doctor relationship. Any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet. After we conclude this question, I can be requested for additional questions through my profile at: Dr. Andy
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