Explore the world of cats with fun and helpful articles and videos.

Caring for Heart Disease

Like humans, cats can experience heart disease at any age, which is unfortunately not curable in many cases. However, your cat still can have a full life, provided she gets the right medical care and TLC.

Heart disease in cats
Caring for cats with heart disease

Heart disease in cats
The most common form of heart disease in cats is cardiomyopathy, or problems of the cardiac muscle. Some forms of this disease are caused by a taurine deficiency (taurine is a part of protein) or problems with the thyroid; others are of unknown origin. Each of them can lead to an accumulation of fluid in the thorax and to breathing problems.

None of this process occurs in the large intestine. Here, water is re-absorbed into the bloodstream - to allow for the production of firm stools, but also to maintain the body's water balance.

The best option to help prevent heart disease is to help him maintain the right weight with diet and exercise (meaning lots of play time, as kitty treadmills haven't been invented yet). Each additional, unnecessary pound puts a strain on your cat's heart and cardiovascular system. Your veterinarian will tell you whether a calorie-reduced diet is right for him.

Caring for cats with heart disease
If your cat is diagnosed with heart disease, the first thing your vet should do is recommend a low-sodium, low-phosphorus, low-protein diet to help minimize fluid retention.

One result of a heart condition may be reduced appetite and weight loss. This can be due to common drug side effects, or your cat may simply not be feeling well. To make sure your cat gets all the nutrients he needs, your vet will be able to help choose the right diet.

See Our TV Commercial
Explore The Delicious Flavors
Create a Purr'Em For Your Cat
Comments ()
Add a comment
Sign Up

Log In

Already registered?

Logging in gives you access to special offers and features.

Forgot Password?
Log In

Sign Up

Two easy ways to sign up

For your convenience, you can sign up with your Facebook account–or you can sign up on this site. As a member, you’ll get access to special offers and features for you and your cat.


Sign Up With Facebook ► What's This?

What's This?

You can register and login to using your Facebook account. No more passwords to remember and logging in only takes 1 click! You can also be assured we will never share your Facebook info.


Log In

Sign Up

All fields are required.
Must contain 6-10 characters. No spaces.

Privacy policy. We will never share your information.

Thank You.

Your information is now up-to-date.

Remember—when you log in, you’ll get access to special offers and features for you and your cat.

Update Your Info.

Jenny Dammann

Please update your information

jenny@fromthe.block ••••••
Log In

Forgot Password?

If you've forgotten your password, please enter your email address so we can email it to you momentarily.

Contact Us

For immediate answers, check our FAQs page.

We value your comments and opinions. If you have any feedback on WHISKAS® products, or suggestions to improve our site,
please let us know. We're listening.

Manufacturing Code Date Example

If you need further information or help, phone us in the USA toll-free at 1-800-525-5273.