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vet visit-when it rains, it sometimes monsoons

May 18th 2013 8:50 am
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I will let Momma write this for me. See my new pics? I got big! My fur is getting longer like my mom-cat's is.

Momma Renee here:
It seems that Feefer's front leg is really not an issue. The vet started to do a very thorough neurologial exam, and then she was checking his knees & hips. I myself saw his hip "pop". She was concerned by this and that his knees felt loose. He was showing a HIGH level of pain. So I left him there so she could knock him out & take xrays. When I went back, she told me that she had never seen anything this bad...she was stunned. You know it is bad when as a lay person, I could see something was horribly wrong on the xray. She was even teary telling me how bad it is.

He has severe hip displasia on both sides. Normally there is a socket for the ball of the femur - Felix has no sockets at all. His pelvis is flat on each side. There is a space on the one side, and the other side is bone rubbing on bone. Both knees have luxating patellas.

This poor baby has never known what it is like to be pain free. I have to take him to the specialist again, as he must have surgery. She says they will most likely cut the ball off the femur & his muscles will hold it in place. My vet does not do orthopedic surgery, and they are excellent there. She thinks they will probably do his right side & knee, then his left hip later. She does not think his left knee needs surgery. It is either that, or I have to keep him on pain meds until the bone spurs get so bad or he blows his knee out. Or we all know the other alternative.

I REFUSE to give up on him. He has been though so much already, and is such a sweet kitty. He is a fighter. I think now that alot of his fearfulness could be because he is in so much pain. I felt something was wrong - he never ran around like a kitten should. I feel horrible that I did not get him in sooner, but I had Maizy with the IBD, then Smitty's issues. Tig needs his echo - pray it is clear!

The bad thing is that I do not know if his insurance will pay for any of this - maybe the knee, but if they consider the hips a pre-exsisting condition....they won't. I have no idea how I will afford this, because I am sure it will not be cheap - but where there is a will, there is a way.

I won't be back on until Tuesday. I am spending time with my daughter. I will call on Monday to set up his appt. This place is an hour away, so that is pretty crummy too.

If anyone has had this issue, let me know. Otherwise I can use some moral support. This will be a long road.

another update: vet called this morning with his lab results. His blood is fine, but he has a urinary tract infection as she found bacteria, and crystals - which she thinks they are from the infection. So he will be on antibiotics 2 weeks to clear that up before he can even have surgery.

One good thing, she cut his claws as short as possible!


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Purred by: Raj ~ DB #173c (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 10:13 am

Dear Felix & his mommy: We are so sorry to hear about the difficulties you are facing with Felix's legs. We are sure hoping the insurance covers it, as we know how difficult it is with expensive health issues (my mom is still paying off her credit card for Cody's illness 2 years ago that cost him 1 of his 9 lives). We are purring really, really hard for you to get all better very soon so you can be pain free and run around like a kitty should be able to do. Love from Raj, Cody & Harley & their mom
Purred by: Calísta (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 11:15 am

oh poor guy! He's lucky to have a good mommy though! We're purring for you guys.
Purred by: Zeke Mama's Loving Angel (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 3:49 pm

Oh no poor Felix, we are purring and praying for you both, Felix for his surgery and you to have the strength to get through this.

We are here for you supporting you, a lot of catster Moms and Dads have asked for help in paying their kitties bills, don't hesitate to ask for help, we are here and we want to help if we can...that is what catster is all about...We know Felix means for much to you and you love don't give up...

Sending you all of our love
Zeke, Mom Peggy and family
Purred by: Marmelade DB #98 (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 5:44 pm

We are purring and purring for you Felix! Please keep us posted as to how you are. I hope the insurance pays for your surgery. If your mama didn't know about this condition until now, I would think they should pay.

Love and purrs,

Marmie and Family
Purred by: Pepi (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 5:54 pm

Zeke is right, if this little black kitty needs help, we are here. Good luck and paws crossed.
Purred by: Miko ~ DB 111b (Catster Member)

May 18th 2013 at 9:57 pm

Sending purrs and prayers to you and your family Felix. We hope the insurance covers your surgeries. Purring for you to have a speedy recovery.

Loving Purrs,
Miko & The "M" Crew
Purred by: ☀ Charlie RIP ☀ (Catster Member)

May 19th 2013 at 1:06 am

Sending you lotsa purrs!
Purred by: Orange Ruffy (Catster Member)

May 20th 2013 at 5:25 am

Hi Mom Renee,

We understand about bills here-and we dnt' have insurance, we did for Smokie awhile back, but it seemed they didn't cover too much-and we were paying into it monthly. We might give it a go with Calvin and see if it pays off.

Keep checking to see if there is any sort of help for something like this-check out the 10th life fund, and also, there is a list of places that might be able to help out....if there is a teaching vet hospital, sometimes their charges are less, as well.

We're purring here-our hearts are with your little guy, he is such a wonderful little fellow and of course that would be why he'd feel more timid-pain can make them behave in different ways.

hugs and purrs for you,
the Ridgewood Clowder and mom Deb
Purred by: Bibi (Catster Member)

May 20th 2013 at 12:06 pm

Sending big purrs your way. You know us Catster Cats will dig into our savings pouches and share with you should you want it and the need arise. Also fund raisers are very popular here and could make the difference.

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