Friday, December 04, 2009

9 Lives?

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.

12 comments:

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Your cat is in my thoughts. I would be worried silly if anything happened to my dog. Hope he passes the string..no surgery needed.

Olimpia Writes said...

Your kitty will be just fine!!!! <3

Ams said...

Aw, thinking of you and your poor cat!
I would be worried too... the funny thing is before I ever had my two cats I would laugh at the people would worried about their animals, but I love mine! (and I have three kids so it's all in some sort of perspective I guess! lol)
I think your cat will be just fine! Keep us posted. Hope you were able to get some sleep tonight :)

Lil' Woman said...

Hopefully the kitty just passes it..he'll be in my thoughts! :)

Jorden and Kristin said...

if it makes you feel any better my dog ate an 18in piece of string the other day....needless to say it came out in a little bit of a ball and then a very long string! gross but so funny! I didn't even THINK of calling the vet! Sheesh! Your a much better pet mom than me! :)

i hope you kitty does fine! (which i'm sure he will!) and i'm going to say a prayer because kitties are important too!!

MrsB said...

i'll pray for your cat. i have 3 of my own and they are my family.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Awe, praying your little guy is ok.

Lucky in Love said...

Aw! Poor little guy! Definitely thinking of you!!

EmilyB said...

I've never had a cat...but my dog has eaten plenty of things that she shouldn't, and (knock on wood) everything's passed through normally and naturally. I hope all turns out to be a-ok!!

Patience said...

I am a little late in reading this so I am happy to read your cat is fine. Our dog Cody, the black one, was hit by a car three years ago and we spent $7,000 to save his life. It was L's first dog and not trying to save him wasn't an option. We weren't guaranteed he would survive the night, but thankfully he did. It was the best decision we ever made. We are those crazy animal people because they are our children. My Pug costs me about $240.00 a month just on insulin and allergy shots, but it is not up for discussion. Chances are I will be crazy when I have kids, but it is only because I love them.

Stephanie said...

I will definitely be praying that your sweet kitty is okay. I know how miserable it is when they're sick!

Laura said...

Aww. I hope your little guy is okay. :( and WHOA at the $2,000 bill! :( Eep.

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