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NEED JINGLES - for my barn kitty (happy update page 4)

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  • NEED JINGLES - for my barn kitty (happy update page 4)

    Bob is my black Manx kitty that back in 2002 a customer found as a kitten, tangled up in a fishing net. He turned into the best barn kitty, a fierce hunter, huge (16 pounds) that would bring down rabbits in the field. He sired a couple of litters and I have two daughters and a son of his also. He is the coolest cat and will sit on command, will sit up on his haunches and will give a "high-five" also.

    In 2005 I moved barns and took him with me. He became my house cat. In 2006 he got a urethral blockage and I spent a fortune getting the PU surgery that basically amounts to "gender reassignment" for the male cats.

    A couple of weeks ago I noticed that he had blood in his urine. I took him to the vet and they said that it was still lower urinary tract which is good. I am to keep him on the urinary tract food which he was getting anyways, and he was put on a medicine called Orbax for 15 days.

    Bob apparently stopped eating. I am not sure when, I have four house cats and I guess they finished what he didn't. I looked up Orbax and apparently it can have this effect, I stopped giving it after 13 days.

    He has lost a lot, I can't believe how thin he now feels and he slowly walks wherever he needs to go. He doesn't sit, he lays, and he is not purring. I have an appointment in the morning. I am hoping they can get him on some fluids to help him and I pray that his kidneys are not shutting down.

    I gave him some Pedialyte earlier and he threw it up, but since then I have managed to finger feed him a couple of tablespoons of wet cat food. One of my customers brought me some home-made chicken soup so I also managed to get him to drink about 9 cc's of chicken broth.

    He still manages to walk all the way to the litterbox to use it, but he walks in and is peeing over the side onto the linoleum. The pee is still a little pinkish but not dark like two weeks ago.

    I am just very worried that tomorrow I may have to put him down. I need all the jingles anyone can spare, he is only 6 1/2 years old and is the sweetest cat out.
    Last edited by Amwrider; May. 27, 2009, 09:08 AM.
    Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
    Bernard M. Baruch

  • #2
    I'm so sorry for you and your kitty. I will be thinking of you. . .
    "I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you..."


    • #3
      Big jingles from Kentucky! I am a cat person and totally understand how worried you must be.
      Last edited by ddashaq; Jan. 19, 2009, 08:45 PM. Reason: Typos!


      • #4
        Prayers for both of you.

        BTW I have a PU boy, too, but he has never been on the standard PU vet diet. My boy will be six in August, his surgery was also in 2006.

        I sincerely hope your boy gets well.
        Cheryl in WNY
        Horse Kids Kit & Bobby


        • Original Poster

          He seems to have perked up a bit, he had the food and broth just over an hour ago and he rested but has since gone to the litterbox again and then walked into the other room and was lying next to the water bowl. I think he drank a bit.

          Bob as a kitten, playing in the shetland pony's tail.

          Bob at about 6 months

          Giving high-five

          Just a couple of weeks ago when he first started getting sick
          Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
          Bernard M. Baruch


          • #6
            More jingles--what a cutie!


            • #7
              What a gorgeous, game guy. I love the high 5s! Mega jingles for you and your kitty. I have had two that seemed in pretty bad shape make it another year or two on a wish and a prayer. They are amazingly resilient souls and I wish you many more special days with him.
              www.hawkstracefarm.com Home of Doodles, Gabby, and Maggie, and resting place of Lexi the wonder horse!


              • #8
                Well considering my barn cat spent three months living in my bedroom getting subcue fluids several times per day and being finger fed, I know how they can wiggle their way into your heart. I hope they can fix him for you.
                McDowell Racing Stables

                Home Away From Home


                • #9
                  lighting a candle here in virginia for you and bob.


                  • #10
                    What a handsome boy! I love black cats (have 4 myself). I had a Siamese male who got the same thing but never quite fully blocked. We did antibiotics every time it happened but it kept coming back until one vet decided to try him on some homeopathic remedy that worked! He never got it again, and lived to be 20 years old! JINGLES!!
                    She wasn't running away with me, I just couldn't stop her!


                    • Original Poster

                      Two of Bob's babies that I kept are black and have 3 inch tails. They are my barn kitties, Onyx and Shadow and they are hunters just like daddy was. The other baby I kept is Penelope and the best I can describe her is a "blue" gray color and she has no tail like her daddy. She is a house kitty.

                      Bob fully blocked back in 2006 but I caught it early enough. I was not told to put him on any special diet but did put him on the Purina Urinary Tract dry food which has kept him well up until now. I also use filtered water for the kitties instead of straight well water.
                      Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                      Bernard M. Baruch


                      • #12
                        Sending HUGE jingles for Bob!! Hope he can get over this little hump. He's beautiful.

                        ((((HUGS)))) from Seabiscuit (Biscuit) and Mouse, my barn turned to house kitties.
                        A Merrick N Dream Farm
                        Proud Member of "Someone Special to me serves in the Military" Clique


                        • #13
                          Many jingles from us and special kitty nuzzles from Bug, Tinkerbelle, Pixie, Grey Kitty and Orange Kitty. Hope he feels better!
                          Proud Mama of a BOY rider


                          • Original Poster

                            Well he is at the vet's right now. They are running some bloodwork and giving him subcue fluids. Keep jingling!
                            Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                            Bernard M. Baruch


                            • #15
                              Awwwww, jingles for your kitty!!!!
                              "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                              • #16
                                Jingles for Bob and you - I know how stressful it is to have a sick pet. Keep us posted!


                                • #17
                                  HUGE jingles for Bob!! Love my cats dearly and have gone through the urinary problems with several. Boomer, one I raised on a bottle, had it twice and they removed his penis, finding his urethra was actually too narrow and causing the problem. Had problems with a couple of others and lost my wonderful Tucker to a blockage. So, here's hoping your kitty was caught in time and they can fix it!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Originally posted by TKR View Post
                                    HUGE jingles for Bob!! Love my cats dearly and have gone through the urinary problems with several. Boomer, one I raised on a bottle, had it twice and they removed his penis, finding his urethra was actually too narrow and causing the problem.
                                    That is the PU surgery that Bob had back in 2006, urethra blocked so they remove the sexual organs and re-route the urethra and widen it. Bob became a "barbara."

                                    Things are not looking good. His potassium levels are very, very high and so is his blood sugar. They have to give him an IV to bring the potassium levels down, hoping he doesn't go into cardiac arrest. They also have to give him insulin. I just went over a little bit ago and they brought him out for me prior to hooking up the IV. The tech was amazed at how he perked up when he saw me.

                                    Keep jingling everybody, Bob needs them.
                                    Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                                    Bernard M. Baruch


                                    • #19

                                      More Kentucky jingles from me and my five cats.
                                      Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe


                                      • #20
                                        Warmest wishes and chin scritchies and jingles for Bob!
                                        Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
                                        Official member of the "I Sing Silly Songs to My Animals!" Clique