This past weekend our Maine Coon cat, Kitty, showed great signs of respiratory distress and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
He made a surprisingly fast recovery at first--to the extent that the vets wondered if he had congestive heart failure after all--but a progression of symptoms within the next 24 hours made the diagnosis definitive: cardiomyopathy with thromboembolic disease (see info in previous link).
We put Kitty down this morning.
I'll get to responding to remarks made elsewhere as I have the energy.
April 2, 2007