Tuesday, September 22, 2015

a quick post about monkey

My Monkey boy isn't doing so well. I happened to be downstairs by one of the litter boxes yesterday evening and I noticed Monkey was squatting in the box for a long time, but it didn't sound like anything was coming out. He had a glazed look on his face. I immediately knew something was wrong.


 I called the vet and they were closing in half an hour, but they said to bring him in immediately. I know that male cats can be prone to urinary blockages, as their urethra is narrower than in female cats. This happened to my oldest cat, Zippo when he was younger, too. If not taken care of immediately, this blockage is fatal.

The vet examined Monkey and said he could feel a little bit of urine in his bladder, which was good. He used a cold laser to stimulate his bladder and ease the inflammation. He also received a shot of vitamin B12 and was sent home with oral Valium (!!).


 I hardly slept at all last night due to a severe headache and getting up to check on Monkey. This morning, I noticed Monkey was worse. He was lethargic and his tail was dragging on the floor. I gave him Valium (which was a huge struggle) and he threw it up five minutes later. I called the vet in a panic, and they once again told me to bring him in immediately. They did another laser treatment, plus were able to catheterize him. The vet said when he did so, urine and grit sprayed everywhere! Gross. But good. They are keeping him there all day for observation and another laser treatment. We're to pick him up in a couple of hours. And then I have to bring him back to the vet for another laser treatment tomorrow, and then possibly another one-two times later in the week.


Of course, all of this treatment is expensive, but we can't put a price on our fur baby's health, can we? We are here to be these beautiful creatures' caretakers. Though sometimes, I think the opposite is true.
 

20 comments:

  1. Melanie, I do hope Monkey is feeling better soon. It is heartbreaking when the little creatures we fall in love with are in pain. God bless you.
    Connie :)

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  2. Good luck with Monkey, Melanie. I know times like this can be extremely stressful. Deb

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  3. Hoping Monkey is doing better! I know that I worry about my Charlie a lot now that he is older. We do love our sweet fur babies!

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  4. I'm sorry, Melanie. I hope Monkey is back to normal very soon.

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  5. He's such a beautiful boy, Melanie. I hope these treatments help him to get better quickly.

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  6. So glad you spotted the trouble so quickly, Melanie...how scary. Hope he will be back to normal SOON!

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  7. I hope he's better by the end of his treatments! We no longer have a pet, but I remember how hard it was to watch our dog suffer. I hope your headache is gone and you get some sleep tonight, Melanie.

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  8. I hope that Monkey will be better soon. It is such a scare when our pets develop health problems.

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  9. oh poor baby...I hope the treatments solve the problem and he'll be back to good health asap!

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  10. Oh Monkey! Such a beautiful boy! I am sending healing wishes that he will be a-o-k. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

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  11. Hope Monkey Boy is okay.

    We are off to the vet with Lulu today. The appointment is for her yearly shots, but it looks like she has an ear infection. It costs money, but they are such wonderful companions!

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  12. I do hope Monkey is better soon. Blessings

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  13. I hope Monkey is feeling much better real soon.

    FlowerLady

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  14. Oh Melanie, I'm so sorry to hear that Monkey has been sick. It's a good thing you noticed something was wrong when you did. I pray that all goes well. Hugs.

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  15. When my dad had kidney stones, doctors used lasers to break up the stones so they would pass. This must have been extremely painful for Monkey. What a sweetheart and I am glad he has such a good Mommy. Lucky little Monkey. I wonder if it is true about adding unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar to male cats' drinking water. Hope all goes well, Monkey looks young.

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  16. I hope that Monkey - and you - will be OK. Hugs! xx

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  17. Bless Monkey and you. My pets are my kids. I have spent lots & lots of $ on them at the vet's, but what they have given to me is priceless. XOXOX

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  18. Our cat has had that treatment twice, and he is fine and been free of the need for it for over a year. I hope Monkey heals quickly, it must be a miserable feeling for him. ( He's a beautiful cat.)

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  19. Oh no! I hope he is feeling better now and that he's on the mend. Pets are pricey, but you're right, they are worth it. Sending furry hugs!

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  20. I hope with you as a nurse he's feeling better.

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