Rusty Update 12/10/10
Yesterday Rusty went to the vet because he seemed unusually vocal from 3-6am which concerned us. We had a complete senior workup done on him and it was discovered that he has either an enlarged heart or a condition called: "Peritoneoperica diaphragmatic hernia". At any rate, he is scheduled to see a cardiologist next Tuesday for an echocardiography.
Either way, this news is not good. An enlarged heart cannot be cured. It can be treated with oral meds but life expectancy is greatly reduced and they can die suddenly from cardiomyopathy....[ sudden / unexpected heart attack]. We had a stray die in our arms from cardiomyopathy a few years ago. We didn't know that cat had a heart condition as sometimes it is undetected. And if it's a hernia, it will probably mean surgery.
Keep Rusty in your prayers. He's doing just fine. He's not aware of the abnormalities in his chest. Everything will hinge on what the cardiologist discovers next week and if treatable.
Update: Rusty saw the cardiologist. His condition is not advanced. No treatment needed. But he'll need to be monitored [ultra sound] every few years. Whew!!!!