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post #2431 of 2474 Old 06-04-2019, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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And some funny shots of the chickens sunbathing Sunday afternoon before the fox incident. They are so goofy looking when they do this! @knightrider , they do have such personalities- I could watch them hanging out "chickening" for hours!

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I like pics of happy chickens
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post #2433 of 2474 Old 06-04-2019, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Sigh. Poor kitty was still blocked; x-rays done and he has massive bladder stones blocking everything up. I know this is crazy, but we told the vet to go ahead with surgery and remove them. It was that or euthanasia, and you really could make a case for either- he's nearly 19 with kidney disease. And yet...we decided we'd give him this chance and this is where we draw the line. Vet said he felt the prognosis for coming through surgery was actually quite good. We'll know more tonight. I hope we didn't make the wrong call for him.
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post #2434 of 2474 Old 06-04-2019, 02:56 PM
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I am so sorry that he is still blocked. Fingers crossed surgery goes well and he feels better. I clean a vets office and some of the older cats surprise the vets with how well they do. just like humans each is different. Keep us posted. (sending healing thoughts for your kitty)
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massive vibes for Newton!!
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Fingers tightly crossed...

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post #2437 of 2474 Old 06-05-2019, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, thank you Horse Forum friends.

Good news this morning- the surgery was successful, he handled it wonderfully, and is getting picked up at 5pm. A few minutes ago, I spoke with the tech who assisted the vet, and she said "he is just the best cat, so much personality and so happy this morning." He is finally urinating on his own again, and eating and drinking enthusiastically. I don't know if we'll have three weeks, three months, or three years left with him, but I'm glad we get to have him home feeling good again. Hopefully it won't be long before he's back to sunning his pouch on the porch again!
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post #2438 of 2474 Old 06-05-2019, 10:59 PM
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Great news about your kitty! If it makes you feel any better, my Dalmatian was blocked up with bladder stones when he was 12 and starting to get arthritic. We went ahead and did surgery (just like your cat, otherwise he would have died), and ended up with three more good years before he passed away, and no more bladder stones. I'm not sure how they do the incisions on a cat, but they cut right down the urethra on my dog and when he got home the urine just ran straight out of him. I thought perhaps they had damaged the sphincter, but after several days he was continent again and went back to normal. Just in case something like that happens with your cat, it may not be permanent.
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So happy for you, @egrogan ! And hooray for Dottie the Super Chicken!
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post #2440 of 2474 Old 06-06-2019, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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@gottatrot , good to know about your dog's experience, thanks! Newton got home last night and immediately headed for the food bowl - that's my cat He was very snuggly with us but you could also tell he was feeling sensitive as he walked around.

Still, he ate, drank, walked around the house to assess the state of all his favorite places, and seemed to have no trouble with going to the bathroom. @gottatrot , he did have some incidents where he would just start urinating as though he had no control over it happening (including once during the night where he was sleeping on me and wet the bed!! ) but for the most part, he visited the litter box as normal and had no trouble going. I'm sure it's going to be a few days of adjustment and healing until he's back to normal, litter trained behavior. He's also on medication that ensures he urinates, so I'm guessing that makes things a little strange for him. He goes back to the vet to have stitches out next Saturday, but otherwise we just have to keep an eye on his bathrooming and the incision site (his incision is a little slit in his abdomen- they actually flushed the largest stone back through the urethra into the bladder so they could surgically remove it, since it was too large to remove from the urethra. Sounds horribly painful, my poor husband was visibly cringing while the vet was describing the procedure ). So far, so good!
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