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Hi. I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m at home today answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page. This question comes from Denise who writes, “My 17-year old Siamese cat has degeneration of the mitral valve. Is there anything I can do to help him, and what health signs do I look for?” I’m sorry this has happened. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for older cats and dogs to develop some degeneration in that mitral valve. It is one of the hardest working valves in the heart, because it does have a really big job. After 17 years it’s not uncommon for that valve to become leaky. What you find when the valve becomes leaky and starts to degenerate is that cats and dogs will develop a heart murmur.