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What is HCM?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the inward thickening of the heart muscle which reduces chamber volume. The reduction of chamber volume reduces the volume of blood that can be pumped through the heart with each contraction. This causes health issues and eventually, death. There is no cure for HCM. Many purebred cats have higher incidents of HCM including Sphynx. This is why our breeding cat's hearts are screened once a year using an echocardiogram completed by a board certified cardiologist. Unfortunately, even with the yearly screenings, HCM can still affect any cat at any age at any time. Always purchase your kitten from a reputable breeder with annual HCM scanning in place for every breeding cat.
While veterinarian science is advancing all of the time, we still do not have genetic testing available for sphynx to determine if there is a marker for the disease. The only way to diagnose it at this time is by having an echocardiogram completed. Watching a beloved pet suffer from this illness is heartbreaking. While I have not personally had a cat diagnosed with HCM, I have seen the devistation it has caused to close friends who have lost their beautiful sphynx babies to this illness. Please, have your cat's heart screened for HCM by a board certified cardiologist once a year after your kitten turns one year of age. While HCM is not cureable, science has come a long way in treating the symptoms of HCM which could allow your cat to live a longer, better quality of life, even if he/she is diagnosed with this disease. For more information about this illness, please visit:
Phoebe with Dr. Dawn Webber after her echocardiogram on 6/26/2015.
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