Feline Emergency: FATE in Cats
FATE (Feline Aortic Thromboemboli) is a serious, life threatening cat emergency. Dr. Jones shows you the common clinical signs, veterinary treatment, and how to prevent this with holistic options.
This happens when there is a blood clot in the heart, which then moves into the aorta, then lodges where the aorta splits called the saddle, blocking the blood supply.
Your cat will be yowling, and their rear limbs may be paralyzed, they may feel rigid, and the toes may be cold and/or going blue.
This is due to underlying heart disease. The blood pools in the heart, then moves it’s way to the saddle, causing the pain.
In 3/4 of cats FATE was the first sign of underlying heart disease. Just because they have heart disease, does not mean they have heart failure. 50% of FATE cats have heart disease but not heart failure, which means it’s more treatable.
If your cat has heart disease and heart failure, the lifespan is expected to be about 2 months. If they just have heart disease, the lifespan is expected at about 8 months.
Can my cat recover from this?
Yes, they can – the first step is strong pain management, and CBD can help with that. (I have linked mine below).
The second step is dealing with the blood clots. You’ll want to prevent additional clots from forming. Aspirin is helpful, at dosages of 10mg/kg, every 48-72 hours, about 1/4 of 325 mg tablet.
Thirdly, is treating the underlying heart disease, and getting them on specific heart disease medications.
This is an awful disease, and I can’t recall many cats that I sent home with treatment, as most had to be euthanized. The key is to prevent this from happening – lowering their risk of heart disease.
Consider a supplement with Taurine – Taurine is an essential amino acid that cats cannot make it on their own. My Ultimate Feline Health Formula contains Taurine, but it’s an inexpensive supplement on it’s own.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are also particularly helpful for heart health, and I have linked mine below for you as well.
I hope this helps, and I hope this never happens to your cat.