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Old 08-11-04, 09:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Hahaha- well mind you this was not a big free lets help the feral rescuer vet deal, either. I have spent all my spare budget and then some for this, and all the keep telling me to do is run more tests. Mom cat is very ill now and had to go back today, and I just lost the last kitten at 10pm EST, just before I had to come into work, which is where I am now. Mom cat had an expensive array of tests done, all of which revealed nothing, so they gave her sub-q fluids and antibiotics, and told me to watch her for the next 24 hours, and she still only nibbles at food and cant really walk much.

I know it is busy in the vet clinic. And a litter of kittens might not seem like a big deal to the vet, who Im sure is totally cool with death and illness, seeing it all the time, but it was a big deal to me, and so much so that I spent more than my monthly car payments to get these kitties the best treatment possible, and all my money has revealed nothing. It just all feels useless, and I am even more depressed than before, but I couldnt not take them, either. Again, Im not blaming the vet, at this point in so exhausted I can barely stand to think about it, but thats the latest update.

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All of you cross your fingers that mom makes it, if she goes, then I don't know what I am going to do. And dave, if she does make it, ofcourse I will have her fixed. My 3 kitties that are mine (big cats) are all fixed. This one just kinda adopted us. You don't sound mean at all, its good to point out that adopted cats should be fixed, that helps with the overall problem, and prevents stuff like this from happening in the first place.
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Old 08-12-04, 10:10 AM   #17 (permalink)
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well how is she,did she make it? what did they find out.
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Old 08-12-04, 04:10 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi Liz- I was gonna send you a PM but then little kitty expired last night and it seemed kinda moot.

Mom is doing better. They wanted me to keep doing tests and tests, tested for so much stuff, felv & feline aids, panleuk, and I couldnt afford to keep going, so mom got sub-q fluids and clavamox. She is perking up a bit, still a bit lethargic but starting to take an interest in food again, and looking a bit less dire. I think, though, in addition to being ill, she is upset, although who can say what is on a cat's mind. I am watching her very closely and hoping for a speedy recovery, for both of us.
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If it was the mothers first litter she must have not been expirienced. Some vets call the first little the "test litter". Sorry for your loss
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Old 08-12-04, 04:25 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Hi, Artemis
Hope she gets better and better,Listen i just got a pupy from someone that was free to good home and we took her,she was very sick and we had to take her to the vets, I am not working right now so we did not have alot of money to spend , so the vet gave her a shot of meds and fluids and stuff to coat her tummy and we took her home. this dog was so sick that she never moved,she vumited 6 times a day. we took her home and hoped for the best. needless to say she is doing great sometimes they just need some love and care. if they can not find out what is wrong sometimes it is best to give them lots of love and they will come out of it. i mean if they have a diease then that is different but they can not find anything then it maybe because of the stress of the births and the lose of the babies,when my girl lose some of her babies she went through some stuff to. just love her hole bunches and i think she will be fine well i hope she will because it sounds like she will have a great life with you. good luck. if you need to talk i am just a PM away.
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Old 08-12-04, 05:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Tell me about it. It's been a month and a half waiting for my vet to call me about some test results. Still waiting. But I'm hoping those surgeries will slow down in the next few months so I can finally get those results.
Haha, well unfortunately I cannot speak for your vet clinic. Chances are though, they've forgot about you. Of course you've called and reminded right? Also, your results may have nothing to do with your veterinarians. Often times, technicians or secretaries are responsible for those specific callbacks.

Artemis, I am sorry that you lost your last kitten, and wish the best in regards to the mother.

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And a litter of kittens might not seem like a big deal to the vet, who Iím sure is totally cool with death and illness, seeing it all the time
I wouldn't exactly say they are 'cool' with death and illness; rather they have come to terms with it and accept it as a part of life. But again like you say, the mother and kittens looked fine, even from your perspective, so I am sure the vet had every reason to believe intervention was not required.

As for expenses incurred, believe me I know what it is like. I just recently spent just under $1000.00 to get a lump removed from my Golden Retrievers leg, and I still ask myself how such a simple surgery could cost so much.

As for feeling useless, I also understand exactly what you mean. I commend you for your efforts and your love, passion and care for these animals. It is great to see such effort amongst a mass of negligence. Unfortunately, animals cannot tell us specifically how they feel, or which part of them is in pain, which limits our ability to know what is wrong with the cat. The best we can do is following the process of elimination, which without insurance, is definitely a large expense to be incurred.

Again, I am sorry for your losses and hope all goes well with the mother.
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hey,Artemis. How is she? and how are you?
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How is Momma doing? I hope well. Sorry you lost the last baby That's never easy. I hope all is well, and we are keeping all of your fur kids in our minds

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Thanks so much for all your kind words guys- mom is doing really great now, eating a lot, still not quite back to normal in terms of elimination (that's all the details ill give on that but putting weight on and much livlier! I picked her up the other night and she purred, which she hadn't been doing since the kittens were gone. I expect her to recover completely, and once she has she will be spayed.

It hasnt been easy, thats for sure, but it has been a learning experience. I myself am doing better also, especially now knowing mom is going to be ok, and all of you have been, as always, a terrific sounding board and source of support, and I thank you.

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I am very happy to hear that you and the mom are doing better. I was getting worried when you had not posted for awhile. My thoughts are with you both and good luck with her full recovery. My female just had a litter of 4 baby persian and i know that everything is ok but i still watch every day (ya never know). I am also waiting for my rotti to gave birth this week so it is stressfull around here to. give her lots of love and she will be ok.
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