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    Yesterday was a rough day :cry: I had to take my cat to the vet because I thought she might have a urinary tract infection. Because there was so much blood in her urine sample the vet thought it would be wise to take an x-ray to rule out stones in her kidneys are bladder. And clear as day in the x-ray...she has a bladder stone. So she is now on antibiotics and has to eat special prescription cat food to try and break up the stone. If in 8 weeks the stone hasn't broken up on it own and gone away, then she will have to have surgery. A surgery I can't afford. $1200!!!! I am miserable. I can't afford the surgery, but there is no way I could put her down, she is way too young and healthy of a cat (besides the stone of course). She is only four years old. It has already cost $360 to find out what was wrong and get her meds and food. I have to take her back in two weeks to have her looked at again to make sure the antibiotics are clearing up the infection. The eight weeks from now, she will have to have x-rays again.

    I am praying and praying that the treatment will work and the stone will go away. Thankfully she is in no pain. She is acting the same as she always does (she is our trouble maker kitty).

    Sorry to blabber on about it one here, but I needed to get it out of me somewhere. I feel crazy for being so distraught, because it could be worse. It's not like she is a person, but in my book she might as well be!!!

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    I'll keep your Kitty in my prayers. We do love our four leged kids. And I hope Kitty is feeling better.

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    I'm sorry your little kitty and you have to go through this. It is so stressfull when they get sick. Hopefully she won't need the operation. :(

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    Poor kitty! I hope she responds well to the drugs and needs no surgery. Keep us posted--we love those kitties.

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    Honey, don't worry about going on about your cat. I would be the same way. They are part of our family and we love them so much. I will pray for your cat and hope the meds work. If you can catch her give her a hug from me.

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    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I appreciate it! Here is picture of the pretty kitty.

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    Anytime I sit in that chair, she hops up on my lap and wants to cuddle or nap!! I have learned to not sit there in my work clothes!!

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    Will be thinking of your and your kitty often. I too am owned by a cat - or 2, well really 3. One tends to have the UTI - never the stones. We stay on Science Diet CD full time now! I'm sure the med's will take care of the problem. Big hugs to you and your kitty.

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    I'm so sorry to hear this about your kitty! I'm hoping that the meds and diet will clear this up for her!!!
    Is there an organization near you that helps with vet costs? Or a vet who uses a sliding fee scale?

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    Sew sorry about your kitty with problems! I have a trouble maker kitty who insists that I am here for only her! She tries to get between me and whatever I am looking at, mostly the computer right now! She is truly a pest! But I would do whatever I could to keep her comfortable. If it meant different food, like science diet or home cooked food, I would do it! Each of my critters has a special feeding station, cats up and dogs on the floor. But they are NOT spoiled! :?
    I just had to go through the emergency vet thing when the big dog bit the little dog and left her eye lid with a big flap! All are fine now, and they get along well. Susie has no problem with her eye either! Thank God!

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    I understand completely about how you feel about your cat. She might as well be your child, and you can't be neutral about it! Hope the medication works and she's her old frisky self again soon!

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    Oh Leona, I DO hope the treatment will take. I have been where you are many times (the worry about the vet bills and the worry about one critter or another) and it always worked out (even when we had to pay the bills). Take good care of your fur kid. She looks sweet - and I bet she doesn't pee on your bed.

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    Good luck with your kitty. When my 1 year old had blood in her urine, the vet told me to give her crushed up Glucosamine Condrointin (spelling?) to increase the lining in the bladder, and to give her extra water. So I got a pet drinking fountain, which she loves, and within a couple of weeks she was much much improved. Worth a try!

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    I certainly sympathize! I cried for two years when I lost my pomeranian Chip. They become your family human or animal. I hope the diet works and you won't have to go throught the surgery with her!
    My daughter's lab ate a whole bunch of toys and had to have surgery or she would die from the blockage caused by the toys (toy car toy tree toy doll-dumb dog!!) and it cost them $900 they agonized over it because they couldn't afford it either. The vet worked out a payment plan for them. Vickie (lab) was only 2 and she is a service dog for their autistic son. It was a bad time!! But she is better now and we just have to be watchfull she doesn't eat toys!!

    Hope all goes well for you and your beloved cat!!!

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    It's very rough when our pets need meds or surgery that we can't afford. Have you talked to your vet to see if you could make payments if she needs the surgery?

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    Aaaww...poor Amber. She is so cute. I hope the diet and drugs break up that mean stone!

    One of my boys had a bladder infection and it cost just over 150 for treatment, but luckily it went away. After that scare to my bank balance I went out and got insurance for them both. It costs me 70 a year to insure them, but the peace of mind knowing that I'll only ever have to pay the excess (50) if they are ever ill or injured again is worth a ton. Peace of mind!

    Oh, and to avoid bladder infections now, I feed them mainly wet food topped only with a sprinkling of dry crunchies. I also pour a little water over their food (they love lapping up the water thats over their food but very rarely drink from their bowl of clean water.)

    Helpful article here:

    http://www.twisted-whiskers.co.uk/in...ticle&catid=37:carcare&id=64:feline-bladder-infection&tmpl=component&print=1&page=

    Get better soon Amber!

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    Oh Leona...I know what you are going thru.
    My Big Boy had the same thing. He did pass the stones and now eats Science Diet Prescription food. It can only be purchased at vets, and let me tell you, it's pricey, but it's worth it!
    Both my cats eat it. Little Girl cat really doesn't need it, but there's no way I can seperate their food, and the vet says it's ok for her to eat too.

    I totally understand about the cost. It's insane what they charge, but we do pay it for the love of our pets.
    I'll keep good thoughts and prayers going that the stones break and pass with no problem...well, it'll hurt him a little, but other than that, once they are gone and you keep him on the special food, all will be fine. Just don't do what I did. Found UTI food in the grocery store cheaper and thought I would buy that. WRONG! They came back! So, only prescription food for him from now on. He's been eating it for the past 9 years and we've never had another problem.

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    I TOTALLY understand your distress and concern.

    Think about how close we are to our pets as compared to our closeness to - how many other humans?


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    Oh I really do "get" it about the worry both for your fur baby and for the cost! You'll make it through this...just don't worry. Hopefully the stone will pass with the meds. (and it probably will). I'd be very surprized if the vet wouldn't work out a payment plan with you.

    DH and I were talking this morning..I bet we spent over $100 yesterday on cat food, cat litter, cat treats, and dog groomer. Its always something! Last week...another 85 bucks to get yet ANOTHER cat spayed! They are very expensive, but we wouldn't trade all the pleasure we get from them for anything! Afterall....look at that hug Amber is giving you!! :lol:

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    I hope and pray all will turn out okay.....give that baby extra loving from me....xoxoxo......

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    I know you are upset and I understand my LuckyMan is in the hospital also he has been in since wed and he is really sick they thought it was feline Lukemia but the test was neg. He is real timid so we do not make many trips to the vet. When you love them like we do it is hard not to want to do all we can for them. Lucky has some sort of lung infection and wed the bill was at 280 and he has to stay in hospital until at least sat. So it will be expensive but I have had him for 10 yrs so I will just have to cut back on something else. Heres my man. The long haired orange is Lucky and short hair orange and white is Andy. Had twin Amos but he passed away.
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    Thank you so much everyone for your kind words, and your own personal stories. It helps a lot!!!! To those of you who have, or have had pets go through tough times, I am sorry and I feel for you!!!

    Tirnhi- thank you for the advice on the cat food. The stuff I feed my cats is already really expensive (i spoil them), so I will definitely switch them over to the prescription food from now on, it is worth it!!. I am glad to hear that your cat passed the stones, I am hoping the same will happen for my kitty. It makes me much more optimistic knowing your kitty made it through!!

    I am feeling much better today. I think I just needed a day to get my head around the whole thing. It popped into my head last night what if a person off the street where to offer me $1200 as long as I gave up my cat. NO WAY IN H*LL!!! My cat is worth way more than $1200 to me!! So if she needs to the surgery, I am going to do it and figure out the cost somehow. The vet said they might let me make payments if she ends up needing the surgery. I told them I would put a down payment. I also have a credit card that has no charge on it that I keep for emergencies....well here is an emergency!!! I would willingly max it out and pay on it forever if it meant saving her!!!! Thank you for the tips. I am going to look around and see if there is a place I can get help for costs too. I will definitely be getting my cats pet insurance. My other cat has asthma, so they sure could use it!!! I am also going to get them a pet fountain. THEY LOVE THE SINK TURNED ON!!!! So I think it will be a good idea, and will get more water in them!

    Amber is doing great. She isn't in any pain. She is still acting like her same 'ol self. Never shutting up, always wanting to be carried, getting into everything she's not suppose to!!!! So I am happy that she is responding well, eating her prescription food just fine, letting me give her pills with no problems!! So other than the stone, she is fit as a fiddle. All her lab tests came back perfect!!! So now we wait to see if the stone breaks up!

    I got a good laugh out of the dog who ate the toys. Not that the dog being hurt is funny, but that it reminded me of my mom's pets!! She has had a string of pet ER visits. My mom keeps a candy dish on her coffee table, always has so it should have been nothing new to the dog. It was around Halloween so she had reeses cups, and mini candy bars in her dish. They went somewhere and when they got back the dog had eaten all of the candy out of the dish, wrappers and all of course. He required getting his stomach pumped. Dumb dog!!! Also, my mom was sewing a button back on her shirt one day and got up to answer the phone. She came back and her cat was next to her sewing stuff coughing and hacking and making strange noises. She then noticed string hanging out of the cats mouth!! The cat decided it would be fun to play with the dangling thread, and ended up swallowing the needle!!! It was a weekend and the vets were closed. She had to drive the cat a half hour away to and ER vet, they had to call in a special vet on her day off to come scope down the cats throat and remove the needle before it could get any farther down her system. Thankfully the cat had no injuries, but my mom had a hefty bill!!!!!!

    I tell ya, sometimes they can be trying (worse than two year old kids!!!), but they are sure worth it!!!!!

    Best wishes to you all!!!!

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    Hope everything turns out okay.

    Greenies Pill Pockets are helpful in getting Bear to take his medication.
    Every once in a while he seems to get tired of the flavor and changing to a different flavor seems to help.

    Bear is getting old and I'm getting concerned about him.

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    I wish those pill pocket things would work on my cat!! I tried them, and darn her anyhow...she ate the treat alright, but left the pill!!! I think she is a smarty pants!!!

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    My son's cat did the same thing.

    Brat cat.


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