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a whole lot to digest

March 10th 2014 8:11 am
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The vet called this morning - she had been out of town, and the techs didn't tell me that. His issues are beyond the scope of my vet - per her. So I have to take Felix to an internal medicine vet. The radiology expert has this to say.
He has the hip displasia we knew about & his left leg knee issues we knew about. But he also has some sort of metabolic issues, and some congenital deformities. That dr says his prognosis is guarded for his future?
His forlegs have thickening in the bone & the areas where the marrow would be are thinner - which will cause him pain always. The ends of all his long bones are poorly mineralized. His shoulder & elbow have loose joints, almost like being double jointed. His 7th vertabrea is fused, which could in the future- not for sure, but could or could not cause his nerve to pinch and which could or could not cause incontinence issues later in his life. He has inflammation going on in his joints in various spots. The pins where he had his surgery are going to have to come out - he has either a bone infection or inflammation reaction that is causing bone loss where the pins were at. I need to put him on an antibiotic just in case, and take him to an internal medicine vet for follow up, as she says she has never seen all of this together let alone much of it by itself. HOnestly guys, I am kind of stunned by all this. She keeps talking about all the pain he must be in, and I do know that they are good at masking it, but he seems happy. THey need to get the pins out, but probably won't do surgery on the other knee if they cannot pin it. I WILL NOT give up on him. I am hoping if they can get this inflammation under control somehow, and I can have his pain managed, I can give him a happy life. I am not going to freak out about possible incontinence that may or may not ever happen. He was born with that fused vertabrae, so why would I worry about that. I am just really stunned by all this. Coupled with the pneumonia he had when I got him - if I really face facts, he would never have survived - did I intervene where I should never have? How could I not have saved him? All I know is that I will do the best I can do for him, and I am not going to think of the alternative unless he has no quality of life, which I truly feel he does. He plays with the wand toy, he bats a mousie a little, he plays with Smitty, and they groom each other. He doesn't run around alot, but he is always ready with a chirp or purr for me, and talks to me always. He love to cuddle by me & get pets. His fur is like velvet, and he has bright eyes. How can I just decide to give up? NOT. GONNA. DO. IT! So today I will see about setting an appointment for the next step. Just please all say some purrs for my little guy - I just don't want to hear a vet tell me to quit, cause I can't. I am thanking the stars above that I have insurance for him, and Care Credit for what insurance doesn't cover. Also the plan covers prescriptions. whew. I am thinking ahead, but has anyone done acupuncture for their kitty? I wonder if that may be an option & help eventually.

 

posting my results here too

February 12th 2014 2:36 pm
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Hey all
Felix had full digital xrays yesterday. I was in with the vet for an hour going over everything. If anyone has any experience with ANY of this stuff, please give me a shout. Another bad thing about things closing is no more being able to do a search for things in the health section!
So here goes;
The right leg he had the luxating patella repaired, he must have been leaning heavier on that leg, so now the cruciate ligament is ruptured. Also his sesamoid bone is cracked in half on that leg. His left leg, has the luxation bad & also the cruciuate ruptured. His hips have gotten worse, and the femur is rubbing on the bone, so he needs the heads of the bones cut off. His front leg bone ends are showing some sort of mineral defect, probably genetic. The long bones of his front legs, the marrow space is very small - the bone walls are very thick. She mentioned possibly osteoptrosis, but that she had never seen that in a cat. His white cell count is low, either from the inflammation in those bones or that he has not much marrow space. I plain out asked her if I take care of all this, will he have a quality of life? I love him with all my heart, and I will do what it takes, but I also do not want to put him through things if it will not help him. I would have to make the hardest choice - he is not even 2 years old. She says that after the hip & knee surgeries he should be ok, not perfect (he is perfect to me!) and the front leg issues can hopefully be managed with diet & supplements and NSAIDS. Also he is very constipated from it hurting so much to try & go, and also prob cause he does not move much. So I have Lactulose & another med to help him go poops. She is sending the xrays to an expert radiologist/orthopedic vet, and also consulting with an internist regarding the mineral issues. My heart is breaking for my little pirate kitty. All I know is thank goodness that I have insurance & Care Credit, because I don't know what I would do. And on top of all this besides things closing here, while trying to prepare a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law & their wedding in April. I am so sad... not sad about the wedding just alot at once!

 

adieux from Felix

February 7th 2014 12:31 pm
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Well, my week in the spotlite is done. Smitty gets his turn next week. Mom is not going to delete our pages until March 1. She said she just can't do it before then, just in case....but by then we will know the end of this place is for sure, and the we will make the choice to delete. I want to thank you my friends, for all your concern for me, and your purrs & get wells. Momma says that I am a trooper, and a good little boy, even though I hurt lots of the time. We will show our cute faces at the other sites once this closes here. Momma has this weird sense of loyalty I guess. So, she is off to see what can be saved from my pages, and while this is crummy - life does go on, and I know I will see many of you at Here Kitty, or Cathugger, or Sir Snowy's site.
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A very sad little black cat says "adieux my friends"

 

mmm bacon

February 5th 2014 11:41 am
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I am supposed to take gabapentin for my achies, but Mom has a tough time with me & pills. My mouth is so tiny, it is hard to even use the pill shooter. And as cute as I am, I am not cooperative. Can you beleive that? meee? She tried the pill pockets, which worked great...a couple times until I bit the capsule & got powder in my mouth..that was it. Well, when Momma stopped at the vet to get Maizy's prednisolone, they have a pill paste there. It is by Vetroniquol or something like that. It is brown dough & looks like a jar of playdough. You can take the amount you want to wrap the pill in, and it is softer & moister than pill pockets. Works great & smells & tastes like BACON! Momma says it reminds her of the smell of Beggin Strips. But it worked! At least yesterday! We will see for today. And it worked on Maizy too. At least it takes some of the trauma of pills away. I am scheduled next Tuesday for all my xrays. It will be Smitty's week to chat, but I am sure he or I will post what we find out.
Snow & more snow today. We had some huge drifts. Some spots had nothing, and some spots 12 inches. Mom had to struggle to get out & feed The Minions. I know she feels so bad for them out there. The few days it was awful cold, she left the big garage door open enough that they could scoot under. They have been using the little tote-bin houses too. And boy the heated water bowl has proven it's worth this year! -20 degrees, and still fresh liquid water. Now it will get very cold again. Here in Chicago, we are used to some crummy weather, but this year, it is getting exhausting. Momma says she just aches everywhere, and is tired of coats & hats & gloves & boots. But spring will be here before we know it. Happy snowy day my friends!

 

snow again...yick

February 1st 2014 2:39 pm
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We got about 5 inches of snow again, and next week it will get colder again. At least it is not as bad as the below zero we just had. Our window in the bathroom even got ice on the inside from those cold days. Mom was looking at my pictures here with my leg - I will be having another surgery on the other side, but I will be going next week for xrays of all of me. The vet gave an expensive estimate, but Momma figures if I have to be sleeping for the hip & knee one, they may as well do all of it, since I don't walk right on the front ones either. They will check my spine, front legs, shoulders, hips, paws, maybe my tail too! heehee She says this way we will know if there is anything else that can be fixed, or if it is causing me pain, or maybe just something that makes me limp but cannot be fixed. As long as it doesn't hurt - who cares if I am a little gimpy. And our vet is offering 10% off that too along with dental work for February! The nice thing with my insurance, my shots & stuff already made the deductible, so they will cover 80%, and then any surgery will cover 80% too. Momma was able to get Carecredit too, and you get betweem 6 to 12 months to pay no finance. So that is good. I am not sure just when I will have surgery, but I will be sure to keep everyone posted on it. For sure we are on Here Kitty Kitty site already. Momma, The Dad & my human sister is having a few pals over tomorrow for the football thingie. She says she doesn't really care about that, but likes to see the commercials & Bruno Mars. Us kitties will all be nice & quiet in her room with our cattree & fixins. The Dad is making his famous smoked pulled pork, and Momma is making chicken wild rice soup. Then everyone is each bringing a dip or snack or dessert. mmm maybe I will get some catnip as a treat..... well, see you later, Happy Football! luv a teensy little limpy black cat

 

hi

January 31st 2014 2:10 pm
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gosh it has been a while since I have been on here! I kick my official week off today, but I will post some goings on in a day or so. We are to get even more snow out here, we are tired of it & of the cold - boy am I glad I am inside now! Have a nice warm weekend!

 

eeek it's a scary cat! or is that scaredy cat?

October 31st 2013 2:58 pm
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I get to be the official Halloween wisher today, since I being an all black kitty except for my little white heart am all for Halloween! Have a happy one! BOOO eek I scared myself!!

 

arr me paws be fine

September 19th 2013 5:04 pm
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No more tip tap tappety when I walks. The vet tech Sarah was so quick, and said I was pretty good but me nails are very thick. Of course I only snarl at First Mate Momma cuz I can! yar I gots me some vittles & grubbins extry like so I be a happy pirate now!

 

Goodbye my friend

September 18th 2013 12:37 pm
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My sweet friend Avail 1034890 lost her battle with mammary cancer yesterday. She just had a 4th surgery battling this awful disease, and had a bad reaction to either the fentanyl patch or the surgery, and her little body just could not fight anymore. She went through so much & was a very strong fighter. Her Momma fought right along side her, and she is so very devastated. Fly free of any pain or sadness sweet Avail. We will miss you.

 

pedicure

September 17th 2013 7:05 pm
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Seems that since I am a bit em combative when it is time to trim my nails, Mom is taking me to the vet Thursday for them to do it. As quiet & meek as I am, I turn into a Tazmanian Devil when any attempt is made to touch my feet. So Mom says this way I can be mad at the vet & it is only about $7 for them to do it. Hope everyone is enjoying your fall!

 
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