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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:30 pm 
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Hi to all, we took Tia to the vets this morning for her spay op, when we
brought Tia we were aware she had a birth defect, we were told she was flat chested, but that it would not affect her in anyway, this made no difference
to me as i had fallen head over heals in love with this beautiful bundle of
spotted fur, and just could'nt wait to get her home.

So when the vet said last week that he felt that he needed to x-ray her
chest just to check to what degree it was deformed, i was quiet happy to agree.

Well we took her in this morning, and left her in the care of the vet and his
fantastic team, and went home, the day went by very slowly and at about
4pm we were asked to come in at 6.15 for a chat with the vet before we took her home.
when i got there i went straight in, the vet clipped up her x-ray and told me he had some bad news, he told me that he had never seen such a deformed chest bone before, and that Tia would not grow any bigger
than she is now, she currently weighs 5lb, he also said that at the moment
her heart etc... is fine but that if she was get heart disease later on in life
there's not enough space for the heart to enlarge :cry: all we can do is love her and give her the best life possible, which is just what we will do.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:08 pm 
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WOW...that’s so heartbreaking to hear :(

In terms of her happiness I wouldn't worry about her not growing any bigger but do make sure she gets regular annual check-ups and x-rays of her heart (which I'm sure you've already thought of), that way if she does develop any problems you can catch them early and get her on treatment to prevent her heart growing in size (or at the very least slow down the process).

Hopefully, it's only ever going to be a problem IF she develops heart disease which A: Will likely only develop later in life and B: Would no doubt shorten the life of any cat (with or without a deformed chest bone).

What I'm trying to say is don't worry about it too much, keep her fit and healthy on a quality food (which I'm sure you already do) and hopefully Heart Disease will never be an issue. I know Yahoo have specialist groups for certain cat illnesses, maybe it's worth having a look as they may be able to give you some good advice on the matter.

Also…have a look on the internet for vets in your area who specialise in Heart Disease. That way, IF it does ever develop you can get her registered there for treatment.

For now tho, give her lots of loving and cuddles, spoil her rotten and don’t let it upset you

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:43 pm 
I wouldn't worry about it too much, I'm sure she'll be just fine, she'll still be the same naughty Bengal 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:22 am 
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I know this is heartbreaking news for you... but Tia IS so lovely... and so what, if she stays SMALL -- it will be like having a "full time" KITTEN.

I have a cat who is less than 3 years old, and has HCM. He takes his pill each night, and so far, enjoys a full, happy and WELL LOVED life.

It should be of great comfort to YOU.. to know that TIA will be your "precious baby" -- and if health issues come along. I STRONGLY advise a cardiac vet. There is SO MUCH that can be done to keep them healthy, and happy.

Quality FOOD, good vet care, and LOTS OF LOVE -- what more could she want?

My prayers for Tia... and for you.

LaVon
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http://fancidots.blogspot.com/


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:21 pm 
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Hi to all,

Thank you for your kind regards, we were fully aware of Tia's birth defect
when we brought her, and for us it kind of made her a little bit more speical
it has just come as a bit of a shock to find out that it much worse than we
origanally thought, and to find out she will stay tiny makes no difference
to the way we feel about her, the breeder is very supportive, they are both
lovely people, who adore all their cats and babies.

best wishes
Nikki :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:04 pm 
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Hi Nikki,

I just wondered how you rcat is getting on? I have been offered a kitten that suffers from flat chest syndrome and I am trying to decide if I should take the little fella or not.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:48 pm 
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Hi Ickleyoda1,

Tia is now 17 months old, my vet told me that he had never seen such a bad
chest abnormality, Tia's heart has very little room, that however dosen't stop
her running around with my male Bengal Diego, she dosent have the same
energy levels as Diego, but she give's as good as she gets :lol:
In Tia's case we will have to have her x-rayed every 18months to 2 years,
to check for any changes.

should you home a kitten with a flat chest, i can only say that i would do it again without hessitation, maybe having a chat with your own vet might help,
the kitten you have seen may only have a minor abnormality, and be perfectly healthy.

I hope all goes well.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:07 am 
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Nikki, so sorry to hear about Tia's condition. But as long as her condition stays the way it's now and Tia can enjoy her bengal life to the full, I guess you can only be thankful and enjoy her wonderful company. :)

Wish you all the best!


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