I received a phone call at 7:30 this morning, saying Kitty Boos was doing really well. Around noon, I received another call: he has a fever, he wouldn’t eat, the catheter was pulling and urine was no longer flowing. They took the catheter out, hoping that it was the cause of the fever and it would cause the fever to go down. I got to the hospital at 1:00, brought him some food (he took a few tiny bites – baby steps), and visited with him for about an hour. The nurse told me they fear he has another blockage. This means he will have to stay longer, have another catheter put in, and possibly even needs to have his urethra shortened. What we’re hoping for is that it isn’t another blockage, he is just having a hard time urinating because it’s still sore. If that’s the issue, I will probably be able to bring him home in a couple of days and just keep a close eye on him, monitor his diet, etc.
If he does have another blockage, that means it will probably reoccur more than that, and the surgery is the only option, short of rushing him to the emergency vet every time he has a blockage. As far as the possibility of surgery goes, I’m slowly figuring everything out. If he needs it, I will get it done, even if I have to pay it off for the next several years. One of the nurses (who is absolutely in love with Boobear) has been very helpful and gave me some tips on how to go about everything. It’s crazy expensive, but you can’t put a price on a little kitty’s life.
For those of you with male cats: Boos had a urinary blockage. When not caught in time, it is fatal, and an excruciating way to die. If you see your cat straining in the litter box, if there is any blood present, or they start an unusual habit of urinating outside of the litter box, take them to the vet immediately. When I picked Boo up off of the floor, he was soaked in his own urine and completely limp. We were almost too late. We weren’t looking for the signs, so we didn’t see them. Often, cats will act completely normal (outside of what I mentioned), so you have to really pay attention.
Hopefully my blog will be back in normal, working order within a few days. I just can’t really function until I know he’s okay. Side note about the sponsors, since I don’t have time to email anyone right now: I will make up for this lost blogging time!
Side note: The emotional support I have been receiving is beyond amazing. I have incredible friends and readers!