I'm literally sick with worry right now.
This afternoon while I was on a conference call from my home office, I saw our cat, Judah, eat a 7 inch piece of yarn/string off of the tweed chair in our office. I ran over to him but he had already swallowed it!
As soon as my conference call was over I called the vet to see what I should do - I called the regular vet and the emergency vet. Both of them advised me to wait 12-18 hours to see how he does because it's possible that he will just pass the string. But there is also a chance that the string could get caught up on his intestines and require invasive surgery!
Right now Judah's happily running around the house, and not showing any of the signs that he's sick from having the string caught in his belly -- but he wouldn't likely show those until tomorrow. I'm so nervous!
I keep praying that he'll pass the string and I won't have to decide to pay for expensive surgery or not. I'm hoping this is just one of his 9 lives!
To make matters worse, I'm not sure I am even for doing expensive surgery on cat. This is why...
When I was 15 I had a cat that got bit by a rattlesnake, but we didn't know that. He was acting all funky, so we took him to the vet. After many hours at the vet, they finally realized that it was snakebite and administered anti-venum. But it was too late. And we were stuck with a dead cat and $2,000 vet bill. My Dad made me pay 1/2 of it to teach me "responsibility" -- which ate up every babysitting dollar I had ever earned and then some. I vowed then that I'd never take a pet to emergency care again. But now, 11 years later, with my sweet cat that I love so much, I can't bare to think of losing him!
I'm not going to ask you to pray for my cat, because there are so people out there who have sick children or who have lost a family member that need prayer much more than a cat does. I'm just sharing this because I'm scared and sad and I need an outlet.
My little guy...
He's such a character; sleeping all twisted in my office a few weeks ago...
I'll keep you updated on how he does over this weekend.
Mondays with Manny
15 hours ago