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Please say a prayer for my baby

Snooky'sMom
November 20th, 2005, 04:31 PM
My little cat I got from the shelter a few weeks ago started vomiting like crazy this morning. When he brought up blood with his vomiting I rushed him to the emergency clinic. He brought up what looked like plastic celophane. I'm hoping that he brought up all that was in there. The x-rays didn't show anything but the vet told me plastic rarely shows up. I'm just in tears . I lost my long time friend and kitty (Damian - 19 years - Himalayan) a few months ago. I can't bare to lose this one so soon after getting him. I just called and they told me he hasn't vomited again. They are giving him fluids and watching him. Oh please please please say a prayer for my little guy. I can't bear to lose him. He so young, only 4 years old. I hope my older kitty is watching over him for me.

chico2
November 20th, 2005, 04:47 PM
Snookysmom,I will certainly keep little Snooky in mind and hope he will recover:fingerscr
You reminded us all to keep,plastic-wrap,rubberbands,christmas-decoration etc..away from their reach,it can be very dangerous.
Since Snooky is 4yrs old,I think there is a good chance he'll recover:love:
Here's to you and Snooky:grouphug:

cpietra16
November 20th, 2005, 06:06 PM
Good vibs coming your way....

Luba
November 20th, 2005, 06:17 PM
I'm so very sorry to hear your kitty is sick.

Sending you loads of white guiding light and healing prayers!

Toonces
November 20th, 2005, 06:22 PM
I really hope your baby is ok, you and Snooky will be in our prayers tonight

PetFriendly
November 20th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Charley and I will put in a request with the angels when we're out tonight. From myself and my foundlings, Charley, Pringles, Merlin and Tiger, :grouphug: to you.

CyberKitten
November 20th, 2005, 06:58 PM
I will think good toughts and hope Snooky will get well soon!! :grouphug:

Snooky'sMom
November 20th, 2005, 07:27 PM
Thanks so much everyone for your prayers. I called the vet again and she tells me there's no change - still no vomiting. It's still too soon but I'm hoping he'll pull through without surgery.

jesse's mommy
November 20th, 2005, 08:07 PM
I'll say a prayer that snooky makes it through perfectly -- without surgery! :grouphug:

pags
November 20th, 2005, 08:17 PM
We're pulling for Snooky. Hugs! :grouphug:

Prin
November 20th, 2005, 10:48 PM
Poor kitty! I have all my fingers and toes crossed for him.:fingerscr :fingerscr :fingerscr :fingerscr
Good luck.:grouphug:

twodogsandacat
November 20th, 2005, 11:03 PM
I really hope your baby is ok, you and Snooky will be in our prayers tonight

Same here. Good luck.

jawert1
November 21st, 2005, 09:46 AM
We're all plugging for him (me, Simon and Peaches). Keep us posted and HUGS!

Rebelrage
November 21st, 2005, 01:35 PM
It sounds like it was the piece of plastic and since he hasn't gotten sick again since bringing it up I am sure he'll be "A OK" Keeping him and you in my prayers!:fingerscr Keep us posted on how he is doing.

Snooky'sMom
November 21st, 2005, 02:02 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words, prayers, and good vibes. I transported him this morning to my regular vet. They had him on IV Fluids and hadn't fed him through the night. There had been no vomiting though. He seemed quite fiesty. Not at all like a sick cat. However , I just heard word from my vet that he's not interested in food. That's not a very good sign. They want me to pick him up later and take him home for the night to see how he does. Oh, I'm still so worried. I'm just making myself sick with worrry. All this waiting. I wish I'd get a sign that everything is going to be okay but it just stays the same. I'm hoping that all the prayers will keep him safe.

twodogsandacat
November 21st, 2005, 05:36 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words, prayers, and good vibes. .... I wish I'd get a sign that everything is going to be okay but it just stays the same. I'm hoping that all the prayers will keep him safe.

Here you go...

Toonces
November 21st, 2005, 05:42 PM
Awww Snooky's mom I feel so bad for you, we have all been there with our fur kids and know what you are going through.

You are doing everything right, I don't know about your vet but at mine there is no one there at night so I would rather have my sick babies home so I can keep a close eye and if something happened call the emergency vet on call. When one of my fosters came home after bloat surgery I moved into the spare room with him for 2 weeks untill the stitches came out just so I could keep an eye on him (good thing my husband is an animal lover;)) and my mom was here during the day while we were at work.

Praying your baby is healthy soon:grouphug:

Snooky'sMom
November 22nd, 2005, 06:53 AM
Thanks again everyone but it's still not good news. I brought him home last night hoping for the best. My vet told me he hadn't eaten and I was hoping once he was home he would eat. I was wrong. He still didn't eat and this morning vomited a small amount again (no blood). He hasn't had a bowel movement but has a bit of diahrea creaping out of his anus. It is with a heavy heavy heart I will take him back in this morning. I will need to get some payment plan to pay for all this but I will do for him all I can. I just hope he makes it through. Oh, I am crying as I write this. I've never been the type to ask for emotional support but I just feel so lost this time. I made it through with my old kitty when he died a few months ago but this one is just too soon afterwards and it makes it worse that he's so young. I'm just a basketcase. I can't eat myself, I'm taking herbs to calm down. Now I have to go into work this morning. How can I concentrate on work when my baby is so ill? And yet I need the money to pay his bills. It certainly helps that the whole staff at my vet's are such kind, compasionate, and skilled ladies. They are like family to me.

So I am still praying for him that he makes it through this. He deserves a long life in his new home, not to have it snuffed out so soon. There are plenty of squirrels in my backyard that he needs to chase so he needs to get well.

SnowDancer
November 22nd, 2005, 11:40 AM
Has your vet discussed with you when surgery might be the only option? I came very close with one of my dogs, but he passed the offending option on day 3 - after being put on meds to prompt bowel movements. He didn't throw up, but that would have been the indicator. He spent the days at the vet's and we picked him up at night to monitor him. Had vomiting started at night we would have had to rush him - in those days - from Toronto to Guelph. We were aware there was a problem because there was a very wide piece of bedding wrapped around his canine tooth and proceeding down his throat - so off to Emergency we went. Plastic is tough since it doesn't show up. I hope it doesn't come to surgery, but if it does, I hope action is taken while odds are still in your kitty's favour. My dog was hospitalized last week for 3 days with a virus that is going around - but based on symptoms I was sure he had a blockage - fortunately he didn't, but he did have to be hospitalized. You should ask your vet cost of surgery as compared to cost of hospitalization what with the flat daily rate that most vets are now charging as opposed to a base rate plus cost of services performed on your kitty - difference will not be nearly as great as it used to be. Also if she would do surgery in house or if a specialist would have to do it.

Snooky'sMom
November 22nd, 2005, 05:38 PM
Thanks Snow Dancer for the info. He had a barium sweep today which shows a blockage in his intestines but my vet seems to think he's not in distress. She suggested waiting until tomorrow morning. If he needs surgery he will have to be sent out to a specialist. So far the costs are over $1000.00 and if it goes to surgery it will be an extra $2000.00 or more. I really can't afford this but I'll try to take out a loan to pay for it. I'm already in debt but I can't let him die. I feel it was my fault. This has turned me off ever getting another cat again. If he does or doesn't pull through I will not ever get another cat. The cost is too much and the emotional turmoil is too hard to go through.

Toonces
November 22nd, 2005, 06:07 PM
Snooky's mom I feel for you, we have had some major expences with one of our dogs and it can be so hard but the love they give you in return is worth every penny.

I know with the holiday season fast approaching its so hard but we do the best we can for our fur kids and you are doing just that, and for that you are to be commended. This is NOT your fault these, things happen and alot of animals would not get the care you are giving your baby, you are doing what you can and I admire you for that.

mycat
November 22nd, 2005, 11:19 PM
if it goes to surgery it will be an extra $2000.00 or more. {/QUOTE]
You should go shopping around. I think not all surgery vets charge the same. So there is a possibility you can find a cheaper one.

[QUOTE] I'll try to take out a loan to pay for it. I'm already in debt but I can't let him die.
That's why I think all pet lovers should look at pet insurance. It's like anything else. 99% it does not happen, but the 1% remaining, when it happen, it will hit very hard !
In case pet is as young as yours, insurance cost should be small.

The cost is too much and the emotional turmoil is too hard to go through.
This must be your (you and the pet) bad year :-(

mycat
November 23rd, 2005, 01:41 PM
He had a barium sweep today which shows a blockage in his intestines but my vet seems to think he's not in distress. She suggested waiting until tomorrow morning. If he needs surgery he will have to be sent out to a specialist. So far the costs are over $1000.00 and if it goes to surgery it will be an extra $2000.00 or more.

I remember once my brother's dog (around 1 or 2 years old at that time) swallowed a sock. He also vomitted alot. The operation of removing the sock cost 800 USD. I am not expertise in this, just thinking 2000 (USD ?) seems pretty high ??

Kitten, pubby are young and curious, so they play, then eat, anything. The bad thing is when we know, it's already too late. I feel your pain, stuck in the middle of 2 jaws, emotionnal and financial. Try to do the best you can. Maybe you owed him in your previous life :-((

twodogsandacat
November 23rd, 2005, 02:08 PM
I remember once my brother's dog (around 1 or 2 years old at that time) swallowed a sock. He also vomitted alot. The operation of removing the sock cost 800 USD. I am not expertise in this, just thinking 2000 (USD ?) seems pretty high ??

The price does seem high but hey I'm not a vet. However the cost of having a wine cork removed from a little Australian Terrier cost a co-worker $800 CAD two years ago.

SnowDancer
November 23rd, 2005, 02:14 PM
I am sorry to learn that kitty may have to have surgery. I can also understand how costs have reached $1,000 + to date. Where in Ontario are you located? If you are in Toronto, I expect kitty might be going to McMurrich St., but the surgeons there require a 24 hours work-up (perhaps this does not apply to all conditions, but it sure did to a paralyzing mini Dachshund who had to have surgery within 12 hours or die) - so off to Guelph we went for midnight surgery. I hope this will not be the case with you - or that you live near Guelph. The surgeons are wonderful at Guelph's Small Animal Clinic. Be aware though the Guelph emergency surgery does not cost less than a specialist in Toronto charges - but they will bring in an on-call specialist and do not require the work-up. The reason I am harping on the 24 hour work-up is just in case kitty can't wait that long once it is deemed necessary to wait. If you do have to go to Guelph, I must warn you that they will require 50% of the anticipated full cost of the surgery prior to the operation - in cash or cash equivalent - credit cards etc. - but not a personal cheque. The balance will be due on release - so $1,000 up front - but it is possible that cost of surgery will be less, so balance owing will be less. Fee will include X days of hospitalization. You might look into pet surgical financing - I saw pamphlets at Guelph - your personal vet should have them as well since time is of the essence. Re pet insurance, there are many options available today as opposed to the one premium type of plan we had several years ago. Paying over $6,000 in premiums and then having our dog require surgery costing $6,000 - so $12,000 + in costs - and being reimbursed just under $1,500 did not make me happy. Happened twice. So just started a bank account. But I did take out Cdn. company VetInsurance this year when our Eskimo was 16 months old. There are several options to consider - but if your kitty has reached age 4 and has not suffered from any illnesses that would be covered by insurance, if you add up the premiums you would have paid for your chosen plan, they will most likely offset considerably what you are now facing after consideration of deductibles etc. I hope all goes well. We were very lucky that our Dachshund passed his blockage on day 3 - but obviously were not so lucky with his back. Please keep us posted.

Snooky'sMom
November 23rd, 2005, 06:59 PM
Good news!!! Finally! He passed it today. It was a ribbon. A very long ribbon but the good news is he's home and he's eating. What a weight off my shoulders. In spite of him not having surgery I still had to dish out about $1500.00 Cdn for all the xrays , meds and health care. I've learned my lesson and am scouring my place for ANYTHING he will chew on. It hope not electrical cords. Those are everywhere.

Thanks again everyone for the suggestions and prayers. I've hardly eaten at all in the last few days. I was really feeling down yesterday and today. I didn't dare hope. It really helped to share my feelings here.:king:

Because he was a shelter cat this whole experience has brought out his aggresive nature that was just beginning to subside before all this happened. He's happy to be home though. He probably thought I abandoned him since it's happened to him before. A few days rest and I'm hoping he'll be back to his more sweet self.

Snooky'sMom
November 23rd, 2005, 07:08 PM
Hi Snowdancer. I'm in the Mississauga area. The clinic that does only surgery is in Mississauga too. The costs do seem high compared to what other people have mentioned here. Even with the difference between the US and Cdn dollar the fees shouldn't be that different.

Anyway, I've learned my lesson and I'm taking out insurance on him. Stupid me, I had one month free insurance I could have taken out on him if I'd activated it right away. I didn't because with my other cats I've had over the years, there's never been any emergencies (only high costs in the geriatric years, which insurance doesn't cover). This guy is a little ball of energy and loves to get into trouble though. The initial xray showed he'd had a small fracture that had healed in one of his legs. That was definitely before I got him.

Now that this whole thing is over, I'm concerned about what I should be picking up. I know about tape, elastic bands,ribbon, strings, Some Christmas stuff.
Just wondering what else.

Prin
November 23rd, 2005, 11:31 PM
I haven't been into this thread in a long time because I was worried about how it would turn out. I'm so glad you followed through with this kitty. You are probably the first person who stuck up for him and stuck with him. He's lucky to have you.:grouphug:

jawert1
November 24th, 2005, 12:08 AM
Hey Snooky, so glad to hear he's pulling through (and passing stuff through for that matter :eek: ). As for picking stuff up, the best advise I can put up here is that you can clean, and pick up, and throw away and buy really cool garbage cans (hehe i posted before on THAT one) but in the end, some critters will get into things they shouldn't no matter what. My dearest Peaches had abdominal surgery in April cuz she ate a curtain tie at my ex's house 8 months prior and it had just started causing major ongoing problems. Just like toddlers, try your best but know that accidents do happen and VPI (the pet insurance I have on my 2 dogs) is just the coolest thing ever :) Again, so glad he's doing better :grouphug:

Toonces
November 24th, 2005, 04:21 AM
:D :D So glad to hear your little guy is doing better

chico2
November 24th, 2005, 08:07 AM
That's not just good news,that's GREAT news:thumbs up
I was afraid to read your post this morning...
I find my cats(3)and other cats I've had,do not generally put anything they find on the floor in their mouth,luckily they are finicky
,except for when they were kittens.
However there are things they have a liking for,like rubberbands,tinzel etc...
When I buy any cat-toys,any ribbons or buttons come off first thing.
If I had a dog,I probably would get insurance,dogs tend to be more accidentprone:D ,but the premiums for 3 cats are ridiculous,if you want extensive coverage.
IMHO a cat-owner is better off putting money away each month for emergencies.
I have found,most expences will occur when the cats get up in age and you have a long way to go yet..
There are big expences with regular health maintenance,like teeth-cleaning.Unfortunately most insurances do not cover your yearly expences.

glasslass
November 24th, 2005, 12:09 PM
I missed this thread. I'm so glad everything has worked out! No pun intended. I, too, read through with dread how it would turn out. Give him a snuggle for me, if he'll allow it.

SnowDancer
November 24th, 2005, 06:10 PM
Very happy to learn that Snooky does not need surgery. When I posted last night, your post re passing of the ribbon had not yet appeared on my screen. I figured today would be surgery day. Wouldn't hurt to get a quote on insurance just in case - the company I gave you plus the others - to compare the various coverages.

Luba
November 24th, 2005, 09:53 PM
Oh thats just wonderful news :D

Snooky'sMom
November 25th, 2005, 12:01 PM
Last update. He's doing really well and getting lots of sleep since his big ordeal. I'm seeing such contented sleep from him now that I never saw since I got him from the shelter. Perhaps he was just so happy I didn't abondon him.

I spent time with him this morning with some gentle play and overall he's happily settling back in (with a diligent mom checking out all garbage cans, and under furniture for unseen dangers).

Oh, yeah, and I now have him insured. Phew. Lesson learned Thanks again to everyone for listening to me and being there. It really helped during those days.

chico2
November 25th, 2005, 04:48 PM
That is great to hear,Snooky is one lucky little kitty.
We are all here because we love animals and every little life is very important,if we can help in any way,my addiction to this Forum is well worth it.:love:

aikoraven
December 24th, 2005, 05:28 PM
Good news!!! Finally! He passed it today. It was a ribbon. A very long ribbon but the good news is he's home and he's eating.

I'm new to the forum so I'm reading back on old threads and saw this. I'm so happy to hear that he ended up being okay. I had a 6 year old cat eat curling ribbon. It got tangled in and cut her digestive track. The vet told us that her chance of survival was very small if we tried to let her body pass it, but the surgery would be very intrusive and give her even less of a chance of living. We did the fairest thing for her and put her to sleep. When the vet removed the ribbon out of her stomach and intestines, it balled up to the size of a baseball. That was six years ago and since then, not one bit of curling ribbon has been in our house. Grosgrain is a wonderful alternative and I think it looks much nicer.

Anyways, I'm so happy that your little guy is happy and healthy.

Snooky'sMom
December 27th, 2005, 03:47 PM
I'm so sorry you lost your cat in that way. I'm very lucky my little guy passed it. I used to have two cats that never chewed on anything like that but this little guy is a chewer so I have to watch out for him.

We had a wonderful Christmas with him nice and healty and NO RIBBONS on any gifts.