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1) Are these all purebred Maine coons?2) Had Wolfie ever had a cardiac ultrasound with a veterinary cardiologist? If so, when?3) Was he tested for the A31P mutation? If so, when?Im also offering a phone call if that is easier.
Had Wolfie ever had a cardiac ultrasound with a veterinary cardiologist? If so, when?Was he tested for the A31P mutation? If so, when?
Given his background, it's very likely that he died of underlying heart disease. Maine coons are the poster children for heart disease in cats, primarily HCM, which has been greatly reduced breeders testing and regularly scanning their cats for heart disease and the A31P mutation. ASH are also predisposed to heart disease. The mother and father do not have to be symptomatic to have offspring that have heart disease. It's the number one cause for spontaneous death in cats, especially those with purebred parents, in fact.Typically, males are more likely to have the affliction and to have more advanced disease. The best approach if you want a solid answer is to pay for a necropsy. Failing this, I would recommend testing the brother and sister and then dad for the A31P mutation. Although it won't diagnose every case, it can greatly help. As well, consider a cardiology visit for the remaining family to determine if anyone does have active heart disease.More info here on predisposition and testing: https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat/MaineCoonHCM.php
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