Chris’s Heart


Three years have passed since I wrote this and he still seems to burn the candle at both ends.

Bad Cat Chris

When we first got Chris he would lie across my neck or on top of my head. Rose used to joke that, “You can wear him as a hat, you can wear him as a scarf…” Because we could hear his heartbeat when he did that, we noticed early on that his heartbeat was incredibly fast. It seemed as though he just finished a marathon, and since Chris was such a busy kitten, we concluded that he was exhausting himself.

Besides the fast heartbeat, Chris would also breathe very quickly, taking in many breaths of air in a short time. My concern led me to do some research where I found this to be somewhat normal for kittens.

Fast forward about a year where Chris and Tigger were napping on the bed. I noticed Chris was breathing very quickly while he was napping. I decided to count the breaths. Chris took…

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9 thoughts on “Chris’s Heart

  1. onespoiledcat

    Sam does that off and on and I always worry when he seems to be breathing extra fast even when he’s sleeping………he does have a heart murmur which is being monitored more closely now that he’s got thyroid issues BUT the doctor wasn’t concerned when I asked about the “heavy breathing” !

    Pam

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I don’t remember Chris ever going to the vet, except for vaccinations, but I do remember one vet examining him and he seemed to think he was healthy, despite his turbo charged heart.

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  2. Fozziemum

    It is amazing how they have things that freak us out and yet they seem cool about it all..we know now Doc has developed a slight heart murmur…at nearly 13 there is no major concern..but we love them so worry is like breathing for us 🙂

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  3. kittiesblue

    Have you ever talked to Chris’s vet about this at a yearly exam? It would worry me. Our angel Thelma was doing the same thing and ended up dying quite suddenly of congestive heart failure. Have you researched causes on the internet? I would. I am a worrier and maybe there is to reason to do so, but better safe than sorry. Hugs, Kitties Blue Mom

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I have looked it up and a cats heart beats amazingly fast, between 140 and 220 times a minute. Chris’s breath rate is high sometimes but he is sleeping now and I can barely notice it.

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