It is found in ALL breeds of cats, dogs and even humans. HCM is the most common heart disease found in cats. HCM is the thickening of the left ventricle wall. There is no cure. Sometimes it is genetic and sometimes it is not.
There is no way to determine how the cat developed the disease once they have been diagnosed with HCM. If HCM is discovered early proper medication can prolong the life of the cat.
Responsible breeders scan/screen their breeding cats from a board certified veterinary cardiologist to lower the odds of producing cats/kittens that could develop HCM. A kitten with a parent with HCM increases the odds 25% for developing the disease.
No cat with any degree of HCM or any heart abnormality should ever be bred.
If HCM is a concern we recommend having your cat scanned annually by a cat cardiologist
We offer a 4 year guarantee for HCM