Post # 32
@Luckytoo- I’m SO sorry to hear about your cat, it’s never an easy decision to put an animal to sleep, but you did what was humane and the best thing for your Louie. I had a cat die 3 days before Christmas in 2004 and it was horrible, the pain eventually eases and you will get another animal. I never thought I would, but adopting Lola and George was the best thing we’ve ever done, given a home to 2 animals and need, love them to pieces and spoil them rotten!
Post # 33
OK I feel a lot better. This vet spent an HOUR with us. She spent a lot of time looking at Lola’s gums, teeth, tongue, skin on the side of her mouth etc. She answered all our questions honestly and told us a lot of information.
So shortest version: Lola has a messed up mouth. It will never be perfect but I love her. She doesn’t have FIP and it’s questionable about the other diseases as well because there aren’t tests. She did say she didn’t think it was a feline herpe that could effect George since George has no symptoms at all. She said he would be sick if it was contagious. Phew it’s not. The vet suggested a new oral medication instead of Cortisone shots that we will start giving her in 2 weeks. We will give her 1 more week of the oral antibiotic Clyndamiacin, then only do it 1 week/month like we have been. The vet said she would call us in 2-3 weeks to check on progress. We made the decision that if this doesn’t get the infection gone or much better we will extract her back teeth on top and bottom. We just got her teeth cleaned in Sept and already they look bad again so I think she just has a bad set of chompers! This vet wasn’t pushy she was informative and she actually looked at Lola for more than 5 seconds. Also she knew we were on a budget. While not a discount I think she was sympathetic to us since we adopted her and the surgey while not inexpensive is going to be about $300-$350.
I feel much more at ease after this vet visit. However we thought she was closer to our house but she ended up being about 45-60 min away. Lola was meowing so I let her sit on my lap (i know i know but i wasn’t driving and it made her happy) she then started to make gagging noise so I put paper towels under her mouth and she continued to puke on the paper towels. I put her back in her carrier, she puked again, then 5 min later she pooped and peed. It was HORRIBLE. I felt so bad but we couldn’t take her out of the carrier because she would have gotten it all over the car. Luckily we were 3 min away from the vet at this point. As soon as we walked in I said she was sick and we needed a room to clean her up ASAP please. They were GREAT, the vet tech cleaned her up first then took her carrier and cleaned it out for us. On the way home we set her on the floor of the car and she was fine. We cleaned her up again with water and kitty soap when we got home because she still smelled a bit.
Now she’s just finished eating and is laying on top of her catnip toy being herself. I’m going to scoop her up go read in bed while she snuggles with me. Night and THANK YOU ALL for your kind words and help. I’m sure I’ll be back if she needs surgery to ease all my MANY fears!
Post # 34
So glad everything is looking up for you!! The new price for the surgery is MUCH better for your situation, and it’s awesome the SPCA is helping you out. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!
Post # 35
Soon2bee, it is SO hard to make decisions about life versus death versus quality of life! Please keep us updated and I will send healthy kitty vibes to your little girl. Just remember no matter what happens, you have given her a very happy life and for that, you are amazing!
Post # 36
I’m so glad you are feeling better and are getting answers. Since we went through so much with our dog, it might help to tell you to try not to buy the meds directly from the vet’s office. Mine was great in knowing the costs of things up front and would often write me a script to fill at Walmart that was often just $4. The pharmacist even asked to talk to me a few times about my dog and her progress since she was on so many things at various times, as he rarely filled prescriptions from veterinarians. When you’re constantly needing medications for them it really adds up and you need to save wherever you can!
I hope you can get some rest now and relax a bit. Sounds like she’s in good hands!
Post # 37
@sweetheartdealer- Thank you, I think anyone that adopts animals is amazing. It is a big commitment to take in a stray and love them and take care of them for their entire life…I love my kitties and couldn’t imagine what it would be like without them. I’ll keep you updated!
@smyley- Thankfully for us her drops were less then $30 for the 2 meds, and they last a few months so it was pretty cheap. I don’t think it’s something a pharmacy would have since it’s animals only medication. But if we need something that might be in the pharmacy I’ll remember to check first! Thanks!
Lola was perfectly healthy this morning, she slept with us all night so the traumatizing events of riding to the vet seemed to have worn off finally. She ate breakfast this morning and Fiance even spoiled her & George by giving them tunafish juice on their hard food (he was making it for his lunch). These cats are living the life I tell ya!
Post # 38
I’m glad your kitty is doing better. It sound slike you have some more affordable options even if extracting her teeth occurs. It sucks, but your kitty is still loved. I think cats are different from people in that they can TRULY be happy despite the ailments they posess. I don’t think my cat even KNEW he had ringworm to the point it almost killed him. They just want to be loved. Esp rescue cats.
Your pharmacy may be able to order in animal meds. Price them out–if you don’t have pet insurace, pharmacies are competitive businesses. I learned this too late. Turns out the medication would’ve been like $25 cheaper at Sam’s Club. I got my cat’s fungal medications from Walgreens. His ear drops, too.
Post # 39
Lots of things used for our pets are the same as are used by people. Dosage amounts need to be figured differently,but our dog was on Pepcid (extra strength) OTC almost the whole time as well as Clindamycin, Amoxicillin, Flagyl,Prednisone, Doxycycline and Cephalexin. Others were strictly prepared by and dispensed by the vet. Yours is pretty cheap, so its just something to keep in mind.
Post # 40
i’m so glad to hear that she’s doing better 🙂
I just had to take my fiance’s cat to the vet to get his teeth rechecked; he had a major cleaning/pulling back in Sept. His teeth are crappy too, he’s now on a special food (Science Diet T/D) for cats with dental problems and he’ll be getting antibiotics once a month to try and clear up his gingivitis.
Ha and he also peed in the carrier as I was putting him in the car this morning! So he was late for his appt because I had to drag him back inside and wash him. Brats!