My cat is really sick...

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  1. CripNite

    CripNite That Whack Canuck Dude

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    So a couple weeks ago, I noticed that my cat, Pandora, was not eating very much. We give her Temptations hairball treats every day to combat hairballs, and she wasn't touching those a lot either. She began throwing up randomly, but it was always clear and goopy, never food. She was still peeing in her litter box, but her poops became very small.

    I took her a week ago to the vet and they gave her a rehydration and did bloodwork. This cost $350.

    The bloodwork didn't have much in the way of a conclusion, so we did x-rays next to see if there was anything to show what was wrong on those. Those cost $250.

    The x-rays showed an odd lump near the top of her intestine, which was like a fat upside down "L" in the morning and had changed into a straight shape by afternoon.

    She's going in in the morning to get exploratory surgery done to see what the lump is. The doctors have said that it's three posibilities. Firstly, an invaginated intestine, where the intestine has folded in over itself. Secondly, she's eaten something odd and it's stuck in her. The third, is of Cancer.

    This surgery tomorrow can cost between $930 and 1200 and up, depending on what it is. I'm having an incredibly hard time with money right now as my fiancee and I are months away from our wedding and time are tight enough right now as it is. I absolutely love my cat and have had her for 11 years. I want to do whatever I can to keep her healthy, but I'm afraid that after this surgery tomorrow, I probably can't keep going with the fixes. It's a tough situation.

    The other dilemma is that my fiancee is a slob and I'm constantly getting after her to pick things up off the floor. I'm a bit afraid that they're going to find something odd of hers inside the cat. I really don't know what I'd do if it turned out to be something like that... the idea of leaving her has crossed my mind, but I don't know if I'd actually do that. She'd blame herself too much and might do something stupid.

    I think my cat knows she's not doing well, she's been spending more time than usual with me lately, and it's a good thing. She's on my lap right now as I type this. I've been lucky all my life and haven't had to deal with death, but I'm scared that my pet that I've loved for so long might be my first experience with it. Even worse, that should it be cancer and it's really bad inside of her, I will have to be the one to make the call to put her down. I really don't know if I'm strong enough to do that.

    Just needed to vent to someone... it's a shitty situation, but I'm praying that Pandora has something minor and it has no major ramifications. Thanks, folks.
     
  2. Nachtsider

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    Dude, I'm sorry to hear about Pandora, and I hope she gets better. If it turns out to be a foreign object that your fiancee left lying around, I suggest you tell her firmly but gently to stop this bad habit.
     
  3. CripNite

    CripNite That Whack Canuck Dude

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    I honestly believe that if my fiancee turns out to be the one responsible for Pandora's sickness and stacking up vet bills, she will feel more than terrible. I don't think I'd have to do anything as drastic as up and leave, as she will punish herself. I just hope that she isn't overly hard on herself and uses it as a wakeup call to fix her bad habit once and for all.
     
  4. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    This. But without the "gently." I wouldn't put up with shit endangering my cat. I hope everything works out, but... 11 ain't a bad age for a cat to reach. You must be doing something right.

    Also take solace in the fact your cat isn't as sick as Shia LaBeouf.
     
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    A pet is a pet, but a fiance is something more. If you've gone down the road towards marriage then you shouldn't let something like a foreign object lodged in your cat be the end-all to your relationship.

    I'm sorry about your cat, but if you love your fiance then the bigger question should be whether or not spending $1000's of dollars on an aging cat is worth more than facing the possibility that you may have to say goodbye to your pet.

    It shouldn't be going broke and leaving your fiance because she didn't pick up after herself. Bad habits are fixable, and if that's the case, then this may be the wake-up call that she needs.
     
  6. Nagaoka

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. My first cat's death was also my first experience with someone close to me dying. Just try and make her life as comfortable as possible. Do what you can and can afford. It's all you can do.

    My first cat died suddenly and painfully at home after months of illness and trips to the vet and...I really wish I could have changed that. Afterwards it was like I could only remember how he was when he was sick rather than the cat he was before. When it was my dog's time to go we put him to sleep. It was so hard, but we got to really say goodbye and he died very peacefully. Neither way is easy, but when you know there's nothing more that you can do to cure them, you have to do what's best for them, whatever you choose.

    I really hope your cat gets better though. Good luck with the surgery. I wouldn't be too hard on your fiancee if it turns out to be something of hers though. Even if she wasn't a slob there's always a chance of cats getting into things they shouldn't get into and of people accidentally leaving things around that they shouldn't leave. It's nobody's fault. If you're in grief you should look to her for support instead.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear about your cat.. I have an awesome cat thats fun to have around and is really cuddly. If I was hit with those kinds of bills though, I dont think id be able to cough up the cash to cover them, especially if the cat was really ill and knew it was near the end.

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  8. Chaos Muffin

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    Sorry to hear about your cat. :( 

    Maybe give it one of those last meals and let it tear a whole fish up
     
  9. Zherbus

    Zherbus In Shogo Hasui, we trust.

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    I'm a huge animal lover. I have a house full of pets that I adore and care for, so I sympathize wholly. That said...

    My ex is a slob, but it didn't affect the cat. We had a Siamese that had a botched spaying. She went a few days of internal bleeding before we dropped $1250 to get an operation on it. It sucked to pay for it, but most of it came from her mother.

    Fast forward a few years and she left the door open. This is the definitive indoor cat. It was a massive idiot even by animal standards. It was out in the yard for maybe 10 minutes and got his ass slashed up by a possum. The hidden blessing was that two vets couldn't figure out what the exact problem was. I would have had to drop a ton of money to fix it. Instead, it died as we got it to the third vet.

    It was sad, but once she convinced me to get two more cats (which I still have, dammit), no doors get left open. If the cat had eaten some of her mess, I might have had a cleaner house that's safer for my child. But that's all over now, and I keep the house safe.

    The lesson from my rambling is this: Sure, it's a cat now. It sucks and it's going to cost some money. But when she's your wife and something similar happens to a child? Best to have this happen to pseudo-training wheels than an actual kid.

    Just sayin'
     
  10. Moonscream

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    I pray it doesn't turn out to be anything that bad. :( 

    BTW, if you're debating choosing between your fiancee and your cat (who, admittedly, you've committed a lot more time to) if something your fiancee left out is in Pandora...it doesn't sound like you're as committed to the woman as you should be when you marry her. I'm not saying choose her over the cat or the cat over her, because it doesn't sound like you need to make such a choice - I'm just saying it sounds like you have possible problems with the relationship that need to be strongly considered before you make such a huge commitment to her. Being a slob isn't something you're going to change about or nag out of her, and you really should consider if that's how you want to live, or your later kids to.

    --Moony
     
  11. CripNite

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    So... just to update the well-wishers on my cat's situation. She went in this morning for her surgery, and it turned out to be the invaginated intestine, so luckily I don't have to have the terrible life changing discussion with my fiancee, nor does she have the guilt over her slobbiness. I guess I have to keep hounding her to pick up after herself.

    The vet removed the section of intestine and reattached it to her stomach. They've sent the removed portion out to see if it was cancerous or to find out why this happened. She's being kept in for a day or two as the anistetics (sp?) are hard on her (she was really loopy after she was spayed many years ago as well). They've got her on a feeding tube because she hasn't eaten anything in quite a few days aside from a few treats and needs the nourishment to heal. She's also on an IV of antibiotics to combat infection. She's in rough shape, but recovery seems very promising, and the vet was pretty optimistic. She's not out of the woods yet, but the forest is thinning. We went and saw her this afternoon and she seemed pretty excited to see us, and we actually had to leave because she was wanting to get up and come to us when she needed to be resting. It was sad seeing her like that, but I'm glad she's somewhat okay.

    Still no idea on what the final bill is going to be like. I'm dreading it, but it'll be good to have my cat healthy again. I took a sick day today from work and went through my collections at my mom's house for things to sell at an upcoming nearby toy fair to earn some money to pay this off. I don't think it will cover it all, but it should help at least. Second job time, I think.
     
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    Great news on the cat front. But seriously if you two are to have kids then she needs to know that is unsafe.
     
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    I'm glad to hear that your kitty is on the mend. God Bless and give her some scritches on the chin for us when she heads home.
     
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    Great news. Money is replaceable, your kitty isn't. :) 
     
  15. grimlock1972

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    Im glad to hear your cat is gonna be fine I had to deal with the death of a cat i loved my mom's cat ivan he was 13 years old and he just started going down hill fast so we did the right thing and had him put down it tore us all up something fierce to do it but it was the right thing to do, and i am glad you do not need to make that awful decsion yet, enjoy the time you have with Pandora and give her all the things her lil kitty heart could need and desire

    anyway get well soon Pandora da Kitty :thumbs2: 
     
  16. CripNite

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    Went and saw her yesterday morning and she was in very good spirits. It sucked having to hold her back in the cage, but she was really excited to see my and my fiancee. We saw some pictures of the operation and just what was wrong with her. The doctors were going to start feeding her via the stomach feeding tube and give her proper food to make sure it was passing yesterday, and she should be coming home today, albeit probably with the feeding tube still in and for us to be feeding her via that if she's not eating herself (because of the nature of her sickness, it may be awhile before she trusts that the food she eats won't make her sick... then again, she might take to it herself with no problem). She needs the nutrients to heal. We've made her a little area in the spare room with a spot to sleep, her food and her litter box so that she doesn't have to go to far and doesn't have to jump, and made arrangements so that when she comes home she has someone here with her for at least through monday afternoon.

    I woke up early this morning excited that she's coming home. I can't wait to get off of work today to see her.

    On the fiancee front, she told my mom that she was really worried about it being something she left around that Pandora ate. She's actually been very good the last few days about picking stuff up and went on a cleaning bend yesterday as we thought Pandora might be coming home yesterday, and we decided to get a good clean in before she came home. I think she felt the guilt without me saying a word. I'm glad that this was a scare enough for her to change her ways, and I hope that it sticks.
     
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    I'm glad to hear that it wasn't the foreign object. I'm with Moony, though, in that the foreign object *was* there, and that indicates a potential for issues with your significant other down the road. It's not Cat Vs. Fiancee, it's that a couple ought to work to never do anything to force that choice. You shouldn't ever have to worry about one endangering the other.

    Bad habits put strain on a relationship, whether it was the cause this time or not, and addressing those now might be very important.

    I'm really glad to hear that Pandora's okay!
     
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    I'm glad to hear Pandora's going to recover, too. :) 

    In my experience, the first thing a cat who's been off food for a while and starts feeling better will want to do is eat and eat and eat, so hopefully that's what she'll do.

    --Moony
     
  19. grimlock1972

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    great news on both fronts then perhaps this little scare will help prevent anything worse happening down the line and here to hoping your vet bill will be manageable
     
  20. Razerwire

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    Glad your cat is okay.

    I'm a little stressed about our cat currently. He's been coughing and his meow is very raspy. The other day on a whim I decided to feel around his throat and found a hard lump on the left side under his jaw and stretches downward.

    I took him to the vet and after some xrays they found a spot in his lungs on two of the three xrays done. They also took some blood samples from the lump for a cytology test which we're still waiting on.

    Needless to say money is not an issue in terms of making him healthy. My wife and I lost our other cat this past December and it was simply devastating to us. So yeah, unless Kimahri's in a lot of pain (currently he seems absolutely fine with the exception of the coughing and raspy voice) we don't care how much we have to spend to get him healthy.
     

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