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Feeling very upset!!!

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Yesterday we took my lovely cat Max to our local vet as he was obviously not his usual self and was very poorly.. It seems his bladder was blocked and he was unable to pee. The vet was going to catheterise him and then flush his kidneys etc and hopefully he would be much better in a few days. We then got a call to say he was unable to do it and cutting a long story short we took him through to Cambridge University Small Animals Hospital late last night. Our vet had managed to create some temporary relief for Max who was purring and very affectionate with me whilst the Cambridge vet examined him. This morning we have heard that they have not been able to catheterise hime either, although at present they are having one more try - we'll hear at 12 noon. Then comes the decision regarding various surgery options with no guarantee of success, since the actual cause is not yet known. So, the inevitable question is - do we put him through all of this with a slim hope of success or maybe end up with an incontinent cat (who has always been so very dignified in life) or do we have him put to sleep? He is 6 years old. So far our bill is over £1000 and we reluctantly have to consider this too (our insurance covers £500).
I'm just sitting here crying (soft, I know) dreading the 12noon phone call.
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #1
I hope you get the good news you deserve at 12

Sending hugs and kisses your way

Don't know what advice to give you other than you know Max better than anyone and know what is the right thing to do

xx
1 Like #2
you have to do what is right for you takin in to consideration all the factors, unfortunatly isnt a choice anyone can make for you :(

just hope all turns out all right for you!!!

keep thinking positive!
1 Like #3
:-(so sorry to hear that,no one can make that desision for you,hope its good news at 12 (((hugs)))
1 Like #4
first of all i would like to say i hope your cat gets better and the news is good for you both .i had to follow a similar road. with my dog judy we had her for 9 years . we kept putting her through more and more prodding and poking not too mention surgery 3 times and the bills kept getting bigger. i took out a payment plan. in the end i realised i was being selfish to try and keep her with me. as the vet said it was tumours and spider tumours so would only keep returning but i still wanted to try and save her in the end i let her be put to sleep and stayed with her till she was asleep but you are the only one who say should i or should nt i put them through this so depending on what your vet says next put yourself in your kittys shoes and see what you think your answer should be thats what i did .hope this helps and all the luck and best wishes in the world i will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.hopefully it will be something that they can operate on too make kitty well again.
1 Like #5
I had a cat who was really very special and he had various things happen to him after an accident, I spent over £1500 on trying to get him well and although he was mostly physically better in the end, he was not the same cat afterwards. I think he was traumatised by all the operations and stays at the vets. He never quite trusted me again and I decided I wouldn't put another cat through the same sort of thing. I really hope your cat gets better.
1 Like #6
good luck, but it would be best to let the cat go if it's suffering.
1 Like #7
Thinking of you and sending loads of hugs :friends:

Only you can make the decision, as you know Max the best, hope you get god news.
banned 1 Like #8
What a terrible choice you have to make. Sadly, I think that we've all been there chosing whether to end the suffering or praying that they can be cured. Decisions are not helped by the ludicrous vet fees, which sometimes make our decision for us as we simply can't afford to pay. Good luck whatever you decide but try and put your pets' interests first. As hard as it is for you, you can't let it suffer.
banned 1 Like #9
About 10 years ago, I had to make a similar call with our Golden Retreiver when she was sufferring with arthritis. She was in a lot of pain and could hardly walk in the end. She was still our puppy - even though she was the grand old age of 13 (very old for a retriever.)

It was seriously the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, to take her to the vet and effectively kill her. (I'm not quite sure if that part, or her loss, was the hardest to take!)

But I do know I did the right thing - however much it hurt to do it. I still think of her even now, and just to re-asure, the "act" itself, there was 100% definately no sufferring

RIP Amber puppy!
#10
Still waiting for news - but many many thanks for all your messages.
#11
Take care I hope you get some good news
1 Like #12
any news yet????????
#13
Well, Max has not lost his fight yet! The news we received was a little better - they have managed to get the catheter in and are flushing his kidneys and he is producing urine on his own, which is good. It seems there is a lot of soft tissue so a specialist in that field is going to look at him tomorrow and he may have to have amputation. but that would then give him a 70/30 chance of leading a normal life. This is going to cost us in the region of £3000 (plus VAT - what!!!!!) plus what treatment he has received so far, but he is worth it. We have decided that this will be his best chance but if it is not sucessful then we won't put him through any more. Thank you so much everyone for caring enough to send messages - they have all helped me to make our decisions. Now it is time to keep our fingers crossed. Thank you again
#14
I will keep my fingers crossed for Max and you x
#15
Trying to look on the bright side - if Max makes a good recovery then we have to encourage him to drink lots of water and the suggestion has been a "pet fountain". Anyone know anything about these - price, where to get one, how it works etc?
BTW I'll keep you all posted and hope that it is happy news I have to report as the week goes on.
#16
kensington143
Trying to look on the bright side - if Max makes a good recovery then we have to encourage him to drink lots of water and the suggestion has been a "pet fountain". Anyone know anything about these - price, where to get one, how it works etc?
BTW I'll keep you all posted and hope that it is happy news I have to report as the week goes on.


You might be as well posting something in the deal requests section on that score
#17
isn't funny how we all hate our pets to suffer and think about ending the pain & suffering for them? 20years ago my mum was kept alive for over 8 months and was on the highest dose of morphine they could give her suffering from lung cancer. If the doctor who was treating her admited that they had ended her life I would shake him by the hand and say thank you.
#18
fern
isn't funny how we all hate our pets to suffer and think about ending the pain & suffering for them? 20years ago my mum was kept alive for over 8 months and was on the highest dose of morphine they could give her suffering from lung cancer. If the doctor who was treating her admited that they had ended her life I would shake him by the hand and say thank you.


I felt exactly the same as I watched my Mum dying from cancer. I have tried to think how she was and what she would have wanted for herself. I couldn't do this for her, but I can make the choices for Max - I hope we've made the right one.
banned 1 Like #19
yes you have made the right choice.
I have a friend who has 5 cats and a fountain, great bit of kit... have a look here on ebay Item number: 140246445710.. make them an offer. If you google cat fountain you will find all the bumf but bottom line nice fresh clean water, and I think there maybe one with filters too..
dont think of the cost think of the love and affection that a cat gives.. Just lost my chap he was 19 miss him loads.
banned 1 Like #20
kensington143
Well, Max has not lost his fight yet! The news we received was a little better - they have managed to get the catheter in and are flushing his kidneys and he is producing urine on his own, which is good. It seems there is a lot of soft tissue so a specialist in that field is going to look at him tomorrow and he may have to have amputation. but that would then give him a 70/30 chance of leading a normal life. This is going to cost us in the region of £3000 (plus VAT - what!!!!!) plus what treatment he has received so far, but he is worth it. We have decided that this will be his best chance but if it is not sucessful then we won't put him through any more. Thank you so much everyone for caring enough to send messages - they have all helped me to make our decisions. Now it is time to keep our fingers crossed. Thank you again


If I win the lottery, I'll pay your vets fees. (I did say IF) :thumbsup:
1 Like #21
your a good person kensington143.
1 Like #22
Aww, sorry to hear about your cat, but I'm glad that things sound a bit more positive. I had to have my doggy put to sleep 2 years ago and it broke my heart because he was 13 and really was my best mate, but he went blind when he was about 11, then I realised when he was 13 that he had also gone deaf and although it broke my heart, I had to put him first and decided he had no quality of life and took him to be put down.

I saw a cat fountain whilst doing the equivalent of a trolley dash round pets at home the other week, kitting my house out for my new kitten but didn't catch the price and the website is taking forever to load for me, but I did find this one online for £29.99, with filter. Might get one for little George now :-D

http://www.pets2home.co.uk/item--cat_bowl_water_uk_catit--519609.html
1 Like #23
very expensive vet treatment, bet they gave her a cat scan :)
Hope all turns out good
1 Like #24
So glad to hear your news is a little better, pleae let us know how Max is, thinking of you suze xx
[mod] 1 Like #25
Our cat had exactly the same thing and was treated and operated on at Cambridge as well, he is fighting fit now, i've sent you a PM with all the info, story and costs etc.........please feel free to PM me back with any questions. :)
#26
Hello everyone - once again thanks for all your messages. Max has made further progress overnight and today and is responding as the vets would expect. They are hoping for further significant improvement by Wednesday when they are going to operate to remove the damaged soft tissue. He has a very good chance of a normal life if this is a success and if there has been no permanent damage to his kidneys. He has also shown a little interest in some food today so that too is a good sign. We are all feeling a lot more optimistic and I must say your messages have helped us all in different ways. What a great bunch of people we have at HUKD. I'll keep you up to date with his progress so please keep your fingers crossed for a little longer. xx
banned 1 Like #27
awwwwww poor little thing, fingers and toes crossed for ya here xxx
banned#28
Fingers crossed!:thumbsup:
banned#29
Thanks for the update. Everything crossed :thumbsup:
#30
Max is improving and has eaten well today. He will be anaesthetised tomorrow morning and some tests carried out. If everything is as they hope then he will have his operation late morning/early afternoon.
banned#31
kensington143
Max is improving and has eaten well today. He will be anaesthetised tomorrow morning and some tests carried out. If everything is as they hope then he will have his operation late morning/early afternoon.


Best of luck, I'll be thinking of you all. :thumbsup:
#32
As above fingers crossed for Max :thumbsup:
#33
Hope all went well for Max today.
#34
The news is more hopeful all the time. His blood tests today show everything normal, scans have shown that his kidneys, bladder and urethra look normal with no underlying problems. He had his ***** amputated and that operation has gone really well. They need to keep an eye on him for at least another 2 days but then we might be able to bring him home depending how he's doing.
I can't tell you all how much it has meant to us all to have so much support from everyone. It really has helped.
Thank you soooo much.
#35
kensington143
The news is more hopeful all the time. His blood tests today show everything normal, scans have shown that his kidneys, bladder and urethra look normal with no underlying problems. He had his ***** amputated and that operation has gone really well. They need to keep an eye on him for at least another 2 days but then we might be able to bring him home depending how he's doing.
I can't tell you all how much it has meant to us all to have so much support from everyone. It really has helped.
Thank you soooo much.


Ooops - looks like we can't use the proper terminology!!
:oops:
1 Like #36
Hello, hope Max is continuing to improve and will be home with you soon.
#37
Great news for us - Max is home. He looks a sorry sight as he has been shaved in various places and has this collar on which is driving him nuts. But he's home and very fussy with us all. Check up on Wednesday and stitches out the next week.
Hooray!!!!!
#38
kensington143
.... He had his ***** amputated and that operation has gone really well.




Bet he doesn't think it went well if he's got no ***** :shock:
#39
That is great news, really pleased for you. Hope his recovery goes smoothly.
#40
Relieved to hear that it's going better, when I read your first post I was expecting the worst - what a shame to be happening to such a young cat, whilte it's awful at any age unfortunately you have to expect it more as they get older.

Our little spaniel is back and forth to the vet at the moment although hopefully with nothing as severe as your cat, I was woken up by my brother to come and have a look at Jake (the dog). He'd tried to get into his bed, given up and was lying half in with all this limbs shaking, breathing shallowly with his eyes half open and no reaction to anything. Every 30 seconds he was tensing all his muscles and releasing them, I was so worried that this might be it for him as he's 12 years old. He did pick up after an emergency visit to the vet and was back to normal the next day however the day after he slipped straight back down to the shaking again which is apparently his way of dealing with acute pain. Just waiting for blood results coming in as they think it's his pancreas that may be the problem although they don't seem too worried if it is as it will mean some medication as he's already on a strict diet.

Anyway, long story short - I can appreciate exactly what you're going through as I'm sure many people here can, I have my fingers crossed it will all be ok for you in the end.

John

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