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Grass, murmurs, eye color, and cuteness [:

Brooke

Savannah Super Cat
#1
Hey there guys! I had a few things i've been meaning to ask about so I figured I'd just throw them all together in one post.

The other day at the pet store, my bf and I came across some wheat grass marketed for cats. We bought some, and Kovu seems to enjoy it, but I can't find much information online about whether it really has any significant benefits for them. Do any of you feed wheatgrass? If so, what do you think they get out of it?

Also, when we took Kovu to the vet for his checkup, the vet said he has a heart murmur. She seemed to think it wasn't too serious and said it usually goes away withing a few months, but again, this is something I don't know much about..

Lastly, Kovu has the strangest eye color that I've ever seen on a cat. It is so dark grey that it looks completely black in most light. He's 11 weeks old now, so I'm assuming this is the color that they'll stay..?

Oh, and here's a cute picture I took of him snoozing yesterday, just had to share with you guys. [:
 

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#3
Hey there guys! I had a few things i've been meaning to ask about so I figured I'd just throw them all together in one post.

The other day at the pet store, my bf and I came across some wheat grass marketed for cats. We bought some, and Kovu seems to enjoy it, but I can't find much information online about whether it really has any significant benefits for them. Do any of you feed wheatgrass? If so, what do you think they get out of it?

Also, when we took Kovu to the vet for his checkup, the vet said he has a heart murmur. She seemed to think it wasn't too serious and said it usually goes away withing a few months, but again, this is something I don't know much about..

Lastly, Kovu has the strangest eye color that I've ever seen on a cat. It is so dark grey that it looks completely black in most light. He's 11 weeks old now, so I'm assuming this is the color that they'll stay..?

Oh, and here's a cute picture I took of him snoozing yesterday, just had to share with you guys. [:
Cat grass is fine for them. Although he may throw up after eating it.

Yes young kittens can grow out of murmurs. I would have him rechecked though in a few months.

In some breeds, true eye color can take a year to come in. Is Kovu a "snow" (I looked at his picture but could tell from the head shot)? If so, many of the pointed breeds do develop eye color later and so it may take awhile for you to see his true eye color.
 

Brooke

Savannah Super Cat
#4
He is a silver. And yes, I planned on having him checked again.. Hoping it goes away, but what is the treatment/prognosis if it doesn't?
 

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Paige
Staff member
#5
He is a silver. And yes, I planned on having him checked again.. Hoping it goes away, but what is the treatment/prognosis if it doesn't?
Brooke I think it depends on the grade of murmur...if the vet was not worried abut it, I would think it is a low grade murmur and sounds like it will go away. My understanding also is that is a kitten is scared or anxious, a murmur may be heard and then if you listened to it at home when he/she is relaxed, you would not hear it.

That being said, getting him rechecked is the best thing just to be sure.
 

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Paige
Staff member
#6
Oh and my cats LOVE wheatgrass...wheatgrass is very beneficial to humans and cats, so no harm at all in giving it to him. As kristine said though, sometimes they do throw up after :eek:
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#7
Hey there guys! I had a few things i've been meaning to ask about so I figured I'd just throw them all together in one post.

The other day at the pet store, my bf and I came across some wheat grass marketed for cats. We bought some, and Kovu seems to enjoy it, but I can't find much information online about whether it really has any significant benefits for them. Do any of you feed wheatgrass? If so, what do you think they get out of it?

Also, when we took Kovu to the vet for his checkup, the vet said he has a heart murmur. She seemed to think it wasn't too serious and said it usually goes away withing a few months, but again, this is something I don't know much about..

Lastly, Kovu has the strangest eye color that I've ever seen on a cat. It is so dark grey that it looks completely black in most light. He's 11 weeks old now, so I'm assuming this is the color that they'll stay..?

Oh, and here's a cute picture I took of him snoozing yesterday, just had to share with you guys. [:
Nothing wrong with wheatgrass, cats usually love it.

I would recommend rechecking the 'murmur' once Kovu is six months old - if it is still there an echo (heart ultrasound) is in order. A murmur simply indicates turbulent blood flow through a valve (most common), through thickened heart muscle just below or above a valve (HOCM), or through a hole in the heart; and although you can grade murmurs and that can often give you an idea of the severity of the problem, it isn't as diagnositic as an echo.

I have seen gray eyes in several Servals - I think it would be very cool if Kovu keeps his gray eyes :up: