Updated: Fretting Over Slasher.

We got home this afternoon from the mountains to discover that in the 36 hours we’d been gone, one of our cats had become critically ill. I won’t go into details, as much as I want to, but suffice it to say, it wasn’t pretty.

After six hours visiting two different vets, we’re not sure if he’ll make it through the night. And if he does make it, whether his kidneys will be OK. Which, well, kidney failure is terminal… so we might have just spent all this time and money when we shouldn’t have.

But we had to give him a fighting chance. We just had to… and he’s on painkillers now, so he’s not hurting anymore, which is something we couldn’t have done for him. We know he’s “just a cat” but dammit, we love him.

But after tonight’s experience, I can’t help but feel as if veterinarian care is overpriced… especially when we learned his second doctor, the one whose staff is monitoring him tonight, her last name is Crook. It’s a terrible thing to be in a position of trying to determine if someone we love can be cured, and if he can be cured, did we take him to the right place and choose to scale back the right tests because we can’t afford it? We just don’t know. Maybe another facility would have been less expensive, but timing was critical… and we felt kind of trapped by that… and humbled.

Of course, now I’m giving all of our cats a crooked eye for any odd behaviors… (sigh) Snug just ran away from me, does that mean he’s sick? Maybe I should just take them all in for a physical?

Forgive me for rambling… any prayers or good thoughts you might want to send Slasher’s way tonight and over the next few days would be most appreciated.

I would have updated sooner, but it’s been touch and go for Slasher… but he’s home tonight. He’s on Valium and antibiotics, and he’ll go back in tomorrow for observation. But it looks like he’s going to be OK.

I’ll write details soon, when I have a chance to breathe a sigh of relief.



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14 responses to “Updated: Fretting Over Slasher.

  1. Caryl

    I’m glad he’s not hurting. One has to balance love with expense when it involves an animal. I’m sure you’ve done the right thing even though you’d like to do more.
    Love you,

  2. Cat

    Oh no!! A sick fur kid is the worst. We were just fretting over Annie last night because she keeps crying which is very out of character for her. 😦 And vet bills are the WORST. I think many vets are in it for the money. It’s awful. 😦 I’ll think positive thoughts for you all.

    And he’s not “just a cat”. He’s family. People who say that just have no clue.

    • That’s the feeling I got about the emergency care place we took him to the first night. We were there for 15 minutes and they have us an estimate for over $1200. Shocking — our vet had just worked nonstop for THREE HOURS performing surgery on him and her bill didn’t come close to that estimate. He just needed monitoring and meds. I was pissed.

  3. Nina

    I am so sorry. 😦 Kidney failure is horrible to watch. That’s what got my little Hideaway last year, and it was heartbreaking. You and Slasher are in my prayers.

    • I’m so sorry about Hideaway. 😦
      Slasher’s urinary tract was blocked, but because our vet acted so swiftly, draining and unblocking him, he is going to be OK. Thank God. Thank you for your prayers.

  4. Know how you feel. Our cat passed away partially due to kidney failure. Praying the Lord give you strength in this trying time.

    • Thank God our vet acted so swiftly. She saved him because she knew what she was doing. His kidneys are going to be OK. He just will eat a special diet now, which should keep the crystals out of his urinary tract.

  5. tony

    Thank you for all your prayers. Will are still hoping and waiting to find out later today or maybe later tomorrow if his kidneys are going to work. We are praying for him not to suffer anymore than he already has. Slasher is loved and is strong and we can only hope for the best. Thank you again for your prayers and thoughts.
    Love you Slasher….

  6. grrrace

    oh no!!! poor slasher!

    hoping for the best for slasher and you two!!!

    • Thank you… thank God he’s going to be OK. His blood work was normal yesterday. They pulled the catheter today. He’s still on meds and we have to make sure his urinary tract doesn’t spasm closed on us… ugh. Poor kitty.

  7. Still keeping everythng crossed for Slasher… keep fighting kitty. Now I think mama this deserves oooh a lot of tummy tickles, ear tickles and yes you could probably rustle up something special in the kitchen too while you’re at it…

    You do realise he now knows he has you over a barrel… cats are bad enough before they realise how much you value them… your lives just got much harder… cat slaves and ex cat slave unite to pity the pair of you… GRIN

    • He is doing much better. You do have a point about kitties knowing when they’ve come back from the brink… they wave it over you. It’s just their way. :mrgreen:

  8. I would love to have kitties, but unfortunately my hubby stops breathing around them which I find most inconvenient.

    I grew up with the most beautiful cat, black and white and so humanised it was scary. She talked too, so I know where you are coming from. I still have nightmares about the day she was run over.