Treacle is a 6 and a half year old neutered long haired black and white boy who turned up as a stray, was taken in by a neighbour but he didn’t get on with them and so moved on to another household who sadly were not cat friendly people. They kept him for a couple of years but found him difficult and so he came to us. He has settled down really well with us and will make someone a lovely companion.

He does have a G2 heart murmur. A heart murmur means that in addition to normal ‘lub-dub' heart sounds, the vet can also hear extra sounds when listening to the heart with a stethoscope. Heart murmurs are very common in cats, with a recent study showing around one third of cats have a heart murmur. Although a murmur may signify a problem with the heart or its blood vessels, around one half of healthy cats with a heart murmur don't have any underlying heart disease and of those that do, many live quite normally without ever developing any signs of that disease. Conversely, a number of cats without a murmur do have significant heart disease! Heart murmurs are graded according to their intensity, usually from 1 to 6 with 1 being very quiet and 6 being loud, but the grade can also change on a daily basis. Furthermore, the grade of murmur heard may not necessarily correlate with the severity of any heart disease if present. Hopefully this information will help to reassure any potential adopter that although a cat has a mild heart murmur they are healthy and are not likely to develop heart disease more than any other cat.

Gender Male
Breed Domestic long-hair
Colour Black and white
Can live with cats No
Can live with dogs No
Can live with a family No
Can live with mature family Yes
Indoor cat No
Access to Outside Yes
Feral cat No