November 6th 2011 10:20 am
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Of course this is Nicky's daddy and I want to thank everyone for the kind and supportive emails and the other stuff you all have done after reading about Nicky.
Just want to let you know that I am getting past the worst part of the loss. It will take a good long while to let it all pass but I do not intend to forget about Nicky.
In the meantime, our border has a new friend. You can read the story on Wilson's new profile in our family area. It was an early bday present for him since a human loss and the loss of Nicky- both on the same day hit him hard.
Please don't think that we git him 8 year old Wilson to be a replica or replacement Nicky...while Wilson is extremely intelligent like Nicky was he is a completely different kitty with his own personality.
We still have feral Julian and Nicky's grandmother- Miss Kitty to tend to and get to the vet so we personally are not ready to get a new cat at the moment. For now- since we all are in the same house we can borrow Wilson for pettings, giving and getting love and all the purrfectly wonderful things cats bring into the lives of us humans- especially in times of sorrow and grief.
Again - THANK YOU EVERYONE
October 30th 2011 2:05 pm
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This is Nicky's daddy. We had to take Nicky to the vet this morning. I could tell he was on his way out because his paw pads were cold and his eyes were not all that responsive. When we arrived we learned that his temperature was 93 degrees- that’s at least 8 degrees below normal for a feline.
He had tumors that spread apparently quite quickly over the past two weeks. I have to wonder if treatment was not denied because of inability to pay (pet insurance is not insurance at all…it is a vet bill rebate program…you pay the whole bill first and then put in a claim. If you cannot afford to do that then why pay the premiums for insurance?) and if this so-called low income pet owner organization called AHA HELPING PETS , who state on their site that people who, like the cat owner, qualify under FINANCIAL HARDSHIP will get a response in 24 hours, would have done what they claim and contacted the vet immediately after receiving the paperwork- not almost two weeks later perhaps my baby boy may have had a chance.
I feel angry and totally devastated and heartbroken right now (I had to be the one in the room as he was put to sleep because my partner was a mess).
Yet at the same time. As you know I raised him from birth and the people at the Vet office were heartbroken as well. It is not the vets fault. They cannot do the pay later thing because they are small businesses and they would probably get a stockpile of unpaid bills like what happens with human medicine. They have no guarantee of payment because there is no REAL pet insurance.
So we will continue to update on Nicky’s Facebook page and attempt to lobby those in power, in our state capitol, to change or write a law that says companies that say they offer pet insurance with premiums need to make it REAL insurance and not this rebate bullshit. I am also going to talk to an attorney friend about AHA and their blatant negligence in not responding to a case that was clearly an emergency situation that demanding swift response.
So now my baby is dead.
As much as it tore me apart it was the humane thing to do- otherwise he would have laid in fear and suffering until he passed naturally which could have been today or even longer.
So he is going over the rainbow bridge now…
UPDATE NOV 5, 2010: Nicky's Daddy her again. The Vet just guessed that it was tumors but as I read more it seems Nicky had a combination of wt and dry FIP. His last day showed a lot of multi system involvement including trouble standing and walking. I know I did the right thing by ending his suffering but it still is tearing me apart.
This is the Facebook page where we will keep updating on any progress made to get at least one politician to respond to our request that Pet Insurance be like human insurance so every animal in pain or in need of emergency care can get timely treatment no matter the income status of it's owner.
We are committed to getting this changed in Nicky's name here in california and you should lobby for the same in your state or community. Most all pet insurance is PAY FIRST and really is not insurance. It is a vet bill rebate program. Some folks like us cannot afford a $500 plus vet bill estimate up front. To make animals suffer because their insurance is not like human insurance and because their owner may not be able to pay up front is cruel and abusive to sick pets and this needs to change.
We would not deny health care to a sick child in a poor home so why is it ok to do that to an animal in a poor home? Insurance needs to be just that- insurance...especially when you pay a premium monthly like human insurance and you have to meet a deductible like human health insurance. Many of the Pet Insurance companies offer human insurance- Progressive is one company that does that. the question is why is the Pet insurance not like human insurance? That is what we are trying to find out and change in Nicky's name.
Please visit Nicky's uncle's page here on Catster (JULIAN)- he has been sad and has noticed that Nicky is gone. Thanks for reading, the gifts and the sweet mail messages. Nicky's daddy is purring and I am sure Nicky is smiling and purring as well.
October 15th 2011 8:59 am
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This is Nicky's daddy. We are really worried about our boy. In the past week we noticed that he was not wanting to eat as normal and that he was dropping weight really fast. The other day Nicky wet on the tile floor two times- something he never does and I also noticed that his water dish was becoming empty a lot faster in the past week. Yesterday I noticed a big, hard lump on his lower right side. Given my knowledge of Feline anatomy I am almost certain that is his kidney. It seems really swelled and the left one is starting to swell as well. So Monday morning we are going to the Vet. His first visit as an adult kitty. I am sure it will worry and scare him since he is used to being a house cat that goes out in the yard supervised. But we have to get that looked at and treated. We are hoping for the best. So keep Nicky in your good thoughts and prayers and we will do an update here on Monday after we see the doctor and find out exactly what is wrong.
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