Thursday, September 10, 2009

Shamus Update

For fans of Shamus the Wonder Cat, I thought it was time for an update. Two weeks ago Tuesday, Shamus had a cardiac ultrasound (I know-a cardiac ultrasound for a cat?!!) and the news was very good. While the ultrasound did show the parallel lines consistent with an adult heartworm, it also showed that his heart was healthy & didn't have any changes in the thickness of the heart walls or chambers. Whoo hoo!

Yes, Shamus has a long way to go still-he gets to be on Prednisone for another two months. Also, it takes a year or two for the heartworms to die and when they do, they can shed particles that can trigger another experience like the last one. Worse still, they can "migrate" in his system & cause a blockage :( However, all that being said, when this first began on Friday, August 7th, we didn't think he would make it through the night. Fight on, Wonder Cat, fight on!


  1. I'm so glad to hear that Shamus is hanging in there-- he's not done yet going on his hikes, sitting at the campfire in his glow-in-the-dark collar, and swatting at dumb blonde dogs that try to stick their big wet noses in his face!

  2. Thanks Lynne, We had him out this weekend and he's doing well. We did a little hiking and canoeing ( Which Shamus abstained from.) It rained most of yesterday so he had alot of camper time. We just need to take it easy on him for awhile.