Post # 1
My beautiful baby girl Cleo is in surgery right now.
She is 11 months old, and we have had her since she was about 12 weeks old. We rescued her and her brother Cosmo from a shelter. My FI and I love her so much, and we are both so sad and scared about her being unwell.
She had been throwing up on Monday, so we took her to the vet first thing Tuesday morning. They gave her an antiemetic to stop the vomiting, and an antibiotic just incase she had picked up an infection. But this morning she threw up again and the vet suggested we bring her in again. They did some X rays and discovered she has a large blockage in her stomach and the start of her small intestine. The vet thinks it might be string or thread that she has chewed off the couch or something.
So our local vet referred us to the emergency specialist vet, who assessed Cleo again and said she needs full open surgery to remove the blockage, otherwise the thread could bunch up her intestines and saw into them and cause leakage into her abdomen. So of course we consented to the surgery, and she is in there now.
I’m worried sick, I can’t think straight and all I can do is sit on the couch with Cosmo and watch friends on dvd.
I’m also really worried about the cost. All the injections and xrays at our local vet were $350, and the operation is going to cost AT LEAST $1800, but most likely more than that. Luckily the specialist can organise finance, but FI and I have a very stretched budget as it is, so factoring in repayments is going to make things very very tight.
Post # 3
Oh No! I’m crazy in love with my boy Manny! I’d be devo if he needed surgery. I hope your girl is gonna be okay, it’s always so stressful when something happens to your pet! Vet bills are always so expensive! That’s great they’ve got finance but SUCKS that you have to pay it at all. Sorry for you guys and your kitty!
Post # 4
Good news!! The vet just called and Cleo is ok!! They found over 1 metre of string in her stomach/intestine. (thats over 3 feet for you imperial folks.) I can’t even imagine where she got it from, we don’t have string lying around. She is in recovery now and we can visit in the morning and take her home in a few days.
Here are some photos of the naughty string eating kitty!
This is her just a few days ago. She is so chubby, has been since we got her!
And this is Cleo the day we got her. That was a brand new sock that she stole from the washing basket, she still carts it around now even though it is more holes than sock now.
I’m so relieved that she is ok!
Post # 5
Yay! She’s so cute – so pleased she’s okay!!!
Post # 6
So glad she is ok! My cat LOVES string so I have to be very very careful to watch her. She pooped out a long peice once and her bum got all infected because it got stuck. It was nassssty.
The vet told me that once they “discover” string, they just go after it all the time. I can’t imagine where she found 3 feet of it. Do you have blinds on the windows with strings? Or do you knit or sew?
Cleo is beautiful! I am so glad everything worked out!
Post # 7
awww im sorry! i hope your furbaby is back to her normal self soon, she’s adorable!… and i hope the payments aren’t too burdening on you and your FI!
Post # 8
What a cute cat! I am so happy she is better.
The same thing happened to my dog except it made it all the way to his intenstine. Luckily they were able to feed him a oils and he was able to pass it naturally.