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Heart rhythm disturbance (atrial fibrillation) Owner Factsheet

There are many different heart problems that can affect cats. Some of these affect the rhythm of the heart beat and one such condition is atrial fibrillation. This is most commonly seen in association with severe heart disease. Atrial fibrillation does not cause any specific signs so it is unlikely that you will identify this as a cause of illness in your pet. Signs of heart disease can also be hard to recognise in the cat but may include excessive lethargy, inappetence and rapid or laboured breathing. However, any heart disease should be taken very seriously and an early visit to your vet can help to achieve the best outcome.

What is atrial fibrillation?

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Why has my cat got atrial fibrillation?

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How will my vet know that my cat has atrial fibrillation?

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What is the treatment for atrial fibrillation?

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Will my cat get better?

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