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Big Cats' Halloween!

Lions!

Oct. 29th, 2010 12:32 pm
kistha: (Cute Predator)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/28/baby-lions-at-national-zo_n_774661.html#s166249

Too cute for words. Wet little kitties!
kistha: (Free Tayet)
Today a card from [livejournal.com profile] trenchwench arrived offering condolences for Tayet, and if I hadn't already been bawling my eyes out, I would have started... lovely and heartfelt. It came on the heels of something I've never experienced before.

The staff at VSC that took care of Tayet bought and sent us a book called "Cat Heaven" and throughout the whole book, I think everyone signed it - and not just signed but told stories and talked about the love they had for Tayet, the sorrow, and how much we too, loved him and went above and beyond.

I can't stop crying now.

In the ironical section of today's news, we had just gone to Michael’s Crafts in order to buy a collage frames for the Clinic as a whole, and for his doc Polly to put pictures of Tayet in as part of a thank you gift.

I can not be but amazed, grateful and so, so sad.
kistha: (Too much)
Looks like he's been having trouble due to a couple of kidney stones, trying to leave the kidney.

So, he's home and on a shitload of drugs, but should be OK. We go in on Wednesday to have a check up for the surgeries, and will probably have another ultrasound done to check on his kidney the same day - of course we need to schedule that...on Monday. Here's hoping.

We've dealt well with our varied pet's illnesses with fairly good grace, including the insane period of lipidosis, where we had to force feed every 8 hours and medicate every 12 - without ever the two meeting, without really having any massive problems. (Not that we were fun to be around sleep deprived as we were...)

This time, it's a problem. It's two drugs every 8 hours, for five days. [livejournal.com profile] dthon works far, far away, and while I'm home all day, it takes two to medicate and cage him. Hey, my VET called and asked if I could pill my own cat, and when I said yes, she said "I am thoroughly impressed, got any tips?" so it's not like I'm a big weenie - he's just that fucking difficult. Now if it was a needle, that I could do by myself. So we're trying to figure out some way to get Tayet his meds, [livejournal.com profile] dthon to and from work and still get sleep...

It's just not pretty here. Not at all.
kistha: (Free Tayet)
Wow. Poor Tayet's butt looks like hamburger. Mostly bruising, really, but whoa that looks painful. The abdominal incision looks like it usually does. Last time they sent him home on lots of pain-killers, this time he's on the patch. Only for another three days though. He's wearing a collar like [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest's cat had, which is a stiff fabric, and since it allows him to groom his legs, we may actually get through this without sewing one to his head. (Kidding, might actually sew the e-collar to a real collar, but we'll see.) Currently he stinks of astringent hospital, fear and pee. In a bit we'll take off the collar and give him a supervised grooming experience so that he feels (and smells) better.

We're just glad to see him home, and stunningly glad to see the bill to be much less than we had feared.

Also, Oba finally stopped her bleeding cycle (yes, yes the damn dog should be spayed but there's been problems and she's gone into heat right before her scheduled appointments. Come this January - it's happening, even if I have to do it in the basement) and so now she's no longer locked in the kitchen and has roam of the house again.

Ankhet is less than pleased with this particular turn of events.

Especially the part about the dog.
kistha: (Default)
Today Tayet is eating well, and comfy.

He comes home at 2pm.

We're all very excited to have him home - even if it does mean that he's back to the coop, which is all set up for his lordship. Now comes the hard part - keeping him e-collared and at the same time keeping him from overexerting himself to get it off.

*whee*

Tayet

Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:29 pm
kistha: (Free Tayet)
Finally got the call - Tayet is OK and is doing well. Both surgeries went well and without complication. They did even try the claw thing, but the stone was so big they couldn't get it past the neck of the bladder.

The pu site won't heal for at least 6 weeks. The abdominal site should be healed sooner than that, and while it was pretty chewed up in there, the surgeon did not lay out a gloom and doom recovery plan. We'll pick him up in a couple of days, and then comes the very long, very difficult recuperation and healing. At least 30 days in the "chicken coop" [you can see this 9th wonder of the world here ] and possibly more. If anyone has tricks on e-collars and cats, please share. We'll be trying everything, since Tayet is a bit of a Houdini. We'll also have a call with the doctor tomorrow for more detailed information on the recover period and plan.


From here on out, Tayet will be getting an ultrasound every six months.


Thanks to everyone for the good thoughts and prayers.
kistha: (Too much)
During the pre-surgical ultrasound, they discovered that one of the stones is actually 8mm. It's too big for both the claw probe and the urethra.

So, they'll be doing an abdominal surgery and the p/u surgery. I've talked with the surgeon and he'll know better after the surgery what most likely caused the scar tissue, and hopefully we'll be able to do something for that.

Hopefully his bladder will heal OK from the fourth abdominal surgery.

Why didn't anyone have us check back in 6 weeks for scaring?

*cries*
kistha: (Too much)
...is sometime tomorrow.

Please, good thoughts and prayers.

Thanks,
kistha: (Free Tayet)
So.

They put Tayet under anesthesia to discover that the pu site healed constricted, meaning it is actually smaller than the natural opening would normally have been.

Basically the surgery did nothing, in fact it was worse. So, we do it again.

*bangsheadagainstwalltillbloody*

The ER will hold him until Tuesday (or Monday if there are no ER Sx that day) and then they will re-do the pu, with the probe/claw stone removal added. The surgeon will give me a call Monday to talk about the various risks, scar tissue complications, and so on. We could have brought him home, but the risk is more than I'm comfortable with, plus if he blocks while he's there, they'll call the surgeon in and it might get done earlier.

The on call doc has been great, and said that Tayet certainly found the right parents. Yep, that would be us.

And, on a hilarity note (the kind right before hysteria and the psychotic break) this would be the three month mark of "time for something horrific and/or financially breaking" to occur.

Well. Good to know we're still on target.


PS - So glad I kept the chicken coop.

Vet Called

Oct. 18th, 2007 03:02 pm
kistha: (Free Tayet)
So. It's not just one stone - it's multiples.

They are just on the edge of too big (and multiples) to go for the "manual" option*.

They're going to try using a probe and claw under ultrasound and pull them out, since they should fit through the opening. If this is unsuccessful, they will go to Sx. We'll get the call one way or the other later this evening.

Assuming all goes well, and he recovers, the new plan (since he just won't be normal, damn it) will be to go in every six months for an ultrasound and if there are any small stones at the time, they'll do the "manual" option.

I am very scared, but the vet hasn't brought up any gloom and doom on the recovery end, so that's definitely a good thing. Here's hoping. Any good thoughts anyone can send would be helpful.


*This involves basically filling the bladder with water via catheter, putting kitty out then manually squeezing all of the water out of the bladder at once (flaccid muscles help here) rushing the stones out.
kistha: (Free Tayet)
This morning I was awoken by the frighteningly familiar Tayet warning behavior. He was acting like he always did when he got blocked by bladder stones. We had to have a surgery done so that he was physically a girl, hoping that the stones would pass (as they usually do in girls) rather than block, since after three surgeries to remove the stones - the risk of not recovering is very high.

After rushing him to the ER, his bladder is too small to tell if it's a stone, or get a sample and find out if it's a bladder infection (something I hadn't even thought of, usually a girl problem) or if it is indeed a stone. So he's staying there until they can get the bladder full, and take a sample and do an ultrasound to look for a stone.

Here's what we're hoping for, and hoping that you'll all send us good thoughts for too:

1. An easily remedied bladder infection.
2. A stone small enough they can um, "manually" pass it down the tube.

If we go to another Sx, I'll update and I'll be asking for prayers that he survives, and heals.
kistha: (Free Tayet)
Watch the fur fly.

Ankhet isn't so pleased that her 'brother' is back out of isolation. We've spent a good portion of our day making sure that they don't kill each other. Things pretty much settled down with a big mutual nap on the bed. Tayet was under, Ankhet was over the blankets both lying on [livejournal.com profile] dthon.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] argentyne's loaning of the holy camera cord, we can now bring you:



Check out the new Galleries - There's normal pictures of Tayet and Ankhet here too.
kistha: (Free Tayet)
Sadly Tayet failed to pass his first outing into the world. Determinedly scratching his injury on the carpet under supervision means no free kitty time - so he's back in the coop.

We're going to let him out with us for part of our nightly DVD watching and give him some play time in an attempt to take off some of the additional pounds he's gained by eating and not moving while in solitary.

Poor kitty....
kistha: (Free Tayet)
Quick update about my lame weekend - and gentle highlights of the busy, manic but good week.

Behind the cut for friend list kindness. )

So my weekend was pretty much a bust, but was productive on a house level thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dthon.
Me - I'm going to try a shower, and if that doesn't work out, I'm back to bed. Nope it's back to bed the cold sweats just started. F*ck. Still sick.

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