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.