The CatScan study was set up to investigate the prevalence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in the general cat population by screening apparently healthy cats in rehoming centres. Working with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Cats Protection National Adoption Centre, we were able to show that HCM affects 1 in 6 cats. We want to continue to screen cats enrolled on the study over their lifetime, and we are offering free heart scans to all cats originally screened by us.
Further aims of CatScan
- To investigate how HCM changes over time in individual cats
- To provide vets and owners with more information about the likelihood of a cat developing clinical signs or dying because of their HCM
What happens next? How can I get involved?
We are not currently enrolling new cats.
We would recommend that any cat who has been diagnosed with HCM be scanned on a regular basis, and we are offering this free of charge to cats that were enrolled as part of the project. We would also like to follow those cats who do not have evidence of changes to their heart and so are also offering free re-scans to these cats. If you would like to be involved in this, please sign up your cat using the unique cat ID number provided on the documents you received when you rehomed your cat. Once arranged, you will be able to remain with your cat during the heart scan and a report will be sent on to your own vet.
If you are worried that your cat may be developing clinical signs, please contact your own vet as a first point of call. We would be interested to hear of any updates you can provide us with on the health of your cat and we are happy to provide advice to your regular vet. If you have any updates, questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Any personal details collected as part of this study will be stored on a secure server and will remain strictly confidential with access restricted to only project investigators. If any data is published, all details will be anonymous.