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  1. MJRPN's Avatar
    Nov 10, 2012

    I haven't been posting lately because i been working long hours....but :)

    The first 2 days she slept a lot, i really thought she would be in much more pain then she is. I really can't tell if she is in pain or not. I think she is more comfortable now then she was with a hard multiple rotting sticking tail.

    She no longer has a hard tail pulling down at her spine which i beleive is one thing that has made her just that more comfortable. I am still giving her metacam in morning a gabpentin in evening.

    From reading on internet, ive read that a lot of cats will become depressed, almost missing their tail. I dont see any of that. I find her much more happier.

    The bill was half the price of the quote my vet gave me....they really are wonderful and cut a lot of charges off.

    Willow still has not had a bowel movement so i have started gibing lactulose twice a day. She remains incontinent. BUT she keeps going into litter, digging, squating, and then gets up and lies down on the mats and licks herswlf and she then pees. This is great news. She juat finiahed her antibiotic for her bladder infection yesterday and this morning has started a new one for blood infection/wound management. Since the brakes and cuts on her tail and horrible smell they are being coutious of blood infection.

    Her amputaion looks great, no swelling, no bleeding, nothing.... And to be honest....i think she looks so cute. I will post new pics tonight (im on my phone right now).

    I did research a medication that helps bring back continence for bladder and bowel. I have the prescription, but cant find a pharmacy that has it. So thw vet called a medication making company and it will be made and ready next week.

    So besides being incontinent and not having a bowel movement yet....my willlow is doing great :)
  2. Toni's Avatar
    Do you have an update?

    How did the tail amputation go?
  3. MJRPN's Avatar
    Nov 07, 2012

    Surgery day --- tail amputation
  4. MJRPN's Avatar
    Nov 05, 2012

    Willow remains incontinent. It's so fustrating. I try to google information on spinal injuries but really, there is not much info out there about signs of progress. Her tail is so disgusting. It is broken everywher and began to harden.

    My Mother sort of blasted me today about wanting to do the surgery on Wednesday....and she had real points that I should consider but I just feel that in time I will have my old Willow back..minus the tail.

    I don't feel right inside giving up on something that I care about becuase of money. Willow is my responsibility the day I took her into this home. It is my fault she was hit by the car by allowing her outside all the time.

    arg... this whole situation sucks.

    I am defently becoming drained...........
  5. David's Avatar
    Maybe you can get some financial help through this site http://www.giveforward.com/ by telling your story there>
  6. MJRPN's Avatar
    David -- i couldnt imagine picking one of my cats off a road. It shows you are a strong person!!

    I just got home from wrk a half hr ago and she is still incontinent. This is what i mean when i say i hope im doimg the right thing. I cant go through te rest of her life having urine everywhere. Right now its not too bad because she is locked in my room and i have pads litterally evwrywhere.

    It would break my heart if i made her go through thw amputation after everything else.... To end up having to put her to sleep.

    I'm going to need her to start using the litter box before wednesday or i cant go through this $937.78 surgery.....ive already paid close to that this past few weeks and its not easy ill tell ya!!

    But...i am doing my best to give her a chance that she deserves....she is really my little angel
  7. David's Avatar
    I believe you are doing the right thing- if her tail is useless then it is just in her way right now. It probably is better not being there. Poor Willow I am glad she has a loving family! hang in there!

    I had a cat (Samson) that had the other end smashed by a car. I picked him out of the street thinking he was dead... he had blood coming out of his nose. but after a minute or two he started breathing again. he had broken bones in his face. The vet only charged me $160 to keep her for about a week. Gave him antibiotics and some steroids nursed his external abrasions. He pulled through just fine. But he always made a whispering/snoring noise while breathing due to his broken nasal passages. But he did well for many a years after that.
  8. MJRPN's Avatar
    Nov 02, 2012

    Willow went through 2 days of using kitty litter for urine. I think as things returning back thw use of lactulose twice a day has become too much. Feces everywhere. And because she has no movement of her tail its a horrible mess. It wouldnt be such an issue if her pesonality prior to all this was great when attepting to do anything invasive....

    Today she is once again, incontinent. This is defently fustrating. I keep becoming over whelmed with joy to being fustrated and lump of saddness.

    I was able to tell where the car drove over her tail near the bottom. Now...i can see 4 breaks. She has no feeling in her tail and when she lies down or sits she cant pull her tail out and its all mangled up. Our vet says she has no feeling. But...it looks horrible.

    I've made a decission. This is really hard because financially im not in the best spot, so this whole thing has been really hard. But willow is part of this family and is showing us signs of a full recovery. This wednesday, she will go in for surgery and have her tail amputated. This will help keep infection down, dead weight being pulled causing discomfort to her spinal injury.

    .....i hope this is the right thing. I hope she will have a full recovery and not putting her through more trauma all for nothing.

    I wish there was someone that went through a simular situation i could speak to.
    Updated 11-02-2012 at 09:04 PM by MJRPN
  9. David's Avatar
    WOW!!! Glad Willow is doing so much better!!!
  10. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 31, 2012

    Happy Halloween!! My faavorite time of year!! Great night out trick or treating....

    To come home to find no urine spots on any mats.....but 3 clumps of urine in cat litter :).

    This is....big!!!
  11. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 29, 2012

    Vet appointment went well. Swelling from the pain site. He is on board with giving willow more time. They gassed willow to put her in a sleep and shaved her back end to help keep it cleaner and clipped her nails.

    She also will be taking gabpentin to help a little more with the pain regime.
  12. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 28, 2012

    Not too much new has happened today. Antibiotic is working....urine yellow and less smelling. No bowel movement today though...

    My Dad came over today and built Willow a large cage for at night. Having urine and feces every morning is just not ok...so now we can lock her up at night. During the day I have my bed covered with cat/dog liners.

    I'm nervous about the vet appt tomorrow. I've notice swelling in her face and body. I am hoping this is weight gain from not being active. As a Nurse...if I see this with everything else that is going on....I would say early signs of renal failure. If this is that....I will have to put her down. I can't bare to allow this cat to suffer any longer.

    Today she stood up on me and pulled me down and kissed my face...this is the kind of sweet cat I have. She is so sweet. Just before I pulled over the computer she was lying on me kissing me continous....

    Dear lord....pls don't allow this the last night Willow spends with us...

    I always pictured Willow old and in our home, and my Daughter talking about oving out and us fighting of who gets to have Willow.......I don't want Willow to be a memory of a great cat that was in our lives......
  13. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 27, 2012

    Im not sure why, but i woke up today with no saddness. Despite finding feces and a urine mark on my bed...im at least happy that she going again by herself.

    Went to the vet and told them her urine strong smelling and dark. Clavamox antibiotic prescibed for 14 days twice a day......14 days....i thought about it after. I think my monday dead line of what to do with her has been expanded :)

    I decided, in my head, this set back i had may just be her having a bladder infection. As a nurse, i fully know it really messes with humans...,so why wouldnt it with animals!!

    She stinks bad. Willow has always been head stong, very difficult clipping nails, and has been even more difficult attempting to care for her.

    Im going to see if the vet will put hwr to sleep on monday and help me bathe her and shave her back end. I have the pet wipes and this will be so much easier for her and i to keep her clean.

    I dont know if anyone who reads this has ever been though this...but seeing a dead tail has been really hard. I miss seeing her beautiful tail in the air flicking as i talk to her or wrap around my leg when she presses on me. Its amazing how little things, when gone, are just dreadly missed.

    I love willow...and i really feel she knows despite the invasive things i am having to do. I just hope when she sees me she wont start running away i feel like im always coming up to her with syringes of medixine an now pills...or pulling feces or wipes at her.

    I really want the other cats to be with her and worrying of all thw urine smells they will start in my room if i let them. Today her two kittens visited her. I think it made her a little happy. They kept sniffing her tail....its amazing what animals know!
  14. MJRPN's Avatar
    Thank you for your support...

    I know its only been 6 days but i just did not expect to be going backwards. I feel horrible. I dont know if im prolongong her suffering or im doin the right thing. I said to my mother that i swear i am not holding on to willow with selfishness. That i want to give her a chance. It would kill me if i put er down with the questions: "would she have went back to herself" "would she have a full recovery".

    I keep looking for signs that im doing the right thing. I felt i was with each day passing that progress is being made. Is this my sign that i'm to let her go?

    I've also been thinking maybe she has a UTI (urinary tract infection). String urine smell and dark in colour. When i called the vet they were closed so i have to wait until 09:00 tomorrow. I want to start an antibiotic....if this is the cause of the set back...i'll be happy with that.....
    Updated 10-26-2012 at 06:07 PM by MJRPN
  15. Toni's Avatar
    I am so sorry to hear that :(

    With humans there is often a short time where the patient gets worse before he gets better, hopefully that is the case for your cat too.
  16. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 26, 2012

    I'm pretty upset i cant even really write. I woke up this morning with no urine anywhere. I had to express her bladder. I just got home from work an again....no urine...

    Why? Why are we going backwards?? I dont understand this at all....
  17. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 25, 2012

    David thank you for your support...its very touching!!

    An update...

    I feel no swelling in willow's cocxyx...which is great! Im assuming now the spine has returned together. Willow is doing great. I have not had to express her bladder in officially 34 hours!! She is voiding on her own....just she doesnt know it. I have found one urine clump in litter....and many all over my room including....my bed :(

    My Dad is going to see if he can make a kennel like cage to keep her in. I personally dont think she should be jumping on/off my bed right now. I domt want her in a small cage either. Im really hoping she will start feeling it again. I'm beside myself with joy that i dont have to do that to her anymore....but pretty sad that she is incontinent.

    At work today i told our doctor what happened and he told me not to gwt my hopes up. He doesnt think she will ever get the sensation back. BUT...its been 5 days since this all happened and Willow has surprised many with er progress....i feel a hope inside me that im not ready to let go of.

    Besides being locked in my room 24hrs...and not going outside anymore...which must be hard on her....i believe she feels loved and happy to be with us.

    I feel like i'm experiencing with my own eyes a miracle and im not ready for it to end....
  18. David's Avatar
    Hello - I am following this also and am praying for you. I hope all turns out well.. I'm glad you are having some success with Willow... Keep up the loving but hard work!
  19. Toni's Avatar
    That sounds already much better :)

    Keep us updated and fingers crossed!!
  20. MJRPN's Avatar
    Oct 24,2012
    Toni--- you made me feel smile. Thank you!!

    Last night at 6:30pm...once again at the vet. This time instead of them saying to me to feel for bladder they told me to place my thumb under the flap of hind leg, hand reaching over abdomen with my fingers on opposite side of thumb under hund leg flag and start squeezing. Much better instructions!

    Today is my first day back at work. 4:45am alarm clock, open my eyes and not happy.

    Feed the cats, give willow medicine ans get ready for work.

    Then i go to willow....put her on table with towel. And attempt...... I DID IT!!!

    I cried very hard but i did it.... Willow was upset about it all but the thought of going back and forth to vet was destroying me financially and emotionally. As well having to watch my little girl be stressed out every time.

    Being at work today is hard. My thoughts are at home with willow.

    Next step....willlow to pee on her own....

    Im also getting worried at the lack of water intake. Her urine is so strong smelling. Im going to start pishing fluids this evening.

    :)
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