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bailsmom
06-23-2008, 01:05 PM
I'm so upset! My Max has been having eye issues for about a month now and I just chalked it up to him having something in his eye and put regular eye drops in, they didn't help. So finally the last 2 weeks it got worse so I made an appt last Monday and they got me in and he had blood in his eye! Oh I feel so awful for him. He's obviously in pain and they gave him some eye drops to help and they did and they wanted us to take him to an Eye Doctor for animals, we just got back and he said that it could be a tumor or it may not be, but basically the only way to avoid it spreading if it is cancer is to have it removed. I feel so horrible for waiting so long to get him in. I never noticed the blood before last Monday. I'm a horrible mother. :pout:

I'm more upset because this eye specialist can't tell us if it is or not. They apparently can't do a biopsy of it without removing it first. How can a specialist not be able to give us a more definitive answer?! I just spent $200.00 on this office visit and we don't know anything more than we did at our regular vet!

I need some hugs. :verysad: Does anyone else have a cat with one eye that can make me feel better about this?

figaro
06-23-2008, 01:12 PM
I am so sorry that your kitty is going through this(and you too!) Here is a big hug from me :grphug:!

As far as your kitty is concerned, I am sure that he will be fine in the long run with one eye, he will learn to compensate for the missing eye. I have seen lots of pets with 1 or 2 missing legs and they end up acting like they have never known life with 4 legs! I would just make sure to follow the Dr.'s orders and give that kitty cat of yours lots and lots of spoilage!

Keep us informed with his progress too!

Dangles
06-23-2008, 01:19 PM
:hug:

kellee0302
06-23-2008, 01:52 PM
I'm sorry about your kitty but they do seem to adjust well. I had a cat that lost a front leg including her shoulder and to see her get around you would never guess her leg was missing unless you were close enough to see that is was missing.
Good Luck with the process it can be heart breaking but with lots of love they will heal quickly.:hug:

stitchwitch
06-23-2008, 02:33 PM
I'd be upset too. I can handle anything about myself but if it's my pet it's another story.
I can also kind of understand the eye vet's wishy/washy attitude. Just like human doctors they can't make a diagnosis of cancer without biopsy and biopsying an eye is pretty near impossible without completely ruining it. But you know that, your just upset right now with everything and that's more than understandable.
I think your kitty will be ok. I'm hoping it's just a benign thing and that losing his eye will be the last of it. Both you and kitty are in my thoughts.:hug:

mwhite
06-23-2008, 02:54 PM
Same from me...have a three legged kitty that runs faster than any four legged one and she healed amazingly fast. She was covering up poops like nothing was different and climbs trees as well. I'm so sorry your kitty is losing an eye and worse that you don't know if the removal will end the problems. Many hugs to you and your kitty.

Crafty_Mel
06-23-2008, 03:06 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty :grphug: Our furbabies are so special I don't know how I would cope if mine were to get ill. I will be praying for you and your kitty.

My brothers kitty just went blind and she is only 2 years old and she had a seizure while at the vets my bro spent $200 like you and didn't learn anything he already didn't know. Poor kitty is walking into everything trying to get her barings and can't find her litter box. mostly she just lays with my brother when he's home and doesn't move.

Wanda Witch
06-23-2008, 03:31 PM
Oh, I so hope your kitty will be just fine. You are going through a terrible time but don't blame yourself. As Stitchwitch stated she could handle anything to do with herself but difficult with a pet. Our last dog, who lived to be over 17, lost her sight and hearing (age related) but managed to get around pretty well. I watched her in the backyard after she went blind though. Anyway, here's a big fat :hug: for you both.

vaknitter
06-23-2008, 03:39 PM
:grphug: Hugs for you. You're not a bad mother and I'm sure kitty will be fine with one eye. I don't know any one eyed cats, but I know lots of 3 legged and blind dogs that do wonderful.
You're not a bad mommy, animals are tough b/c they are for the most part very stoic and do not let us know when they are hurting. My older dog is acting perfectly normal and then he started sneezing, his eye got all swollen and then started draining and now his nose is full of crusty stuff and he can't breath through his nose. All within a couple of days. We're heading to the vet in the morning.

gailf
06-23-2008, 03:43 PM
My uncle had a cat that was totally blind and one that was deaf.
They both lived long happy lives. The key is that they were lucky enough to have had people who loved them. I think you're cat will do just fine that area.

Sunshine's Mom
06-23-2008, 03:50 PM
Oh Gosh! I'm so sorry. You're not a bad mommy. Big hugs and lots of good thoughts for both you and Max. He'll be okay and so will you. :hug:

bailsmom
06-23-2008, 05:16 PM
Thank you all so much for the hugs. :hug: It really does help to know that you are saying a prayer and thinking good thoughts for my little boy. He is the best cat ever. We got him when he was 6 months old and he had been hit by a car and broke a lot of bones on the left side of his face. His ear was torn too, it was so sad, but when we got him he was all better and you would think that an animal who was hit by a car would be quite skittish, but not our Max. He's not afraid of anything. Not thunder, fireworks, not even big dump trucks speeding down the street (we live on a very busy street). He's the most laid back cat ever. I hope he lives forever.

I called our vet and we'll probably have him do it. Plus he'll most likely be cheaper than the eye doctor. I sure wish these trees in the backyard had money hanging from them!! But our Max is worth every penny.

Anyone else with a good report?? Please keep lifting my spirits. I'm still scared for him and I can use all the positive stories you can give me. :muah: You all are the best!!

HollyP
06-23-2008, 06:41 PM
:hug:To you and Max! I know it is heartbreaking when we find out our pets are sicker than we thought. My neighbors cat had to have his eye removed last year and you really wouldn't know it looking at him today. He adjusted remarkably well. This morning he was even trying to get the birds at my bird feeder. Just give him lots of love and he will do fine!!

Becky Morgan
06-23-2008, 11:25 PM
He'll be fine. He probably can't see out of that side anyhow, so it won't be anything new to him. You're not a bad catmom. Cats hide illness--in the wild they have to or they're prey--so we don't always know when anything's going on with them and quite often vets don't either.

We have a cat who lost use of an eye to infection when she was tiny and wild. She's fine (and six or seven years old.) We've had several others who had one eye or were blind. It doesn't seem to bother them.

scout52
06-24-2008, 12:22 AM
I am soooo sorry you are going through this!!! I hope all the best for your cat. I'm sure he will be ok with just one eye. he will still have his whiskers which give help with perception. Hugs!!!

susi
06-24-2008, 12:54 AM
oh i'm so sorry thats horrible news.

i used to ride a pony as a child that had an eye removed. the only thing you needed to worry about was making sure he didnt crash into anything that side!! im sure as soon as your kitty cat gets used to not having his eye there he'll be just fine with it.

sending big hugs though

susi

saracidaltendencies
06-24-2008, 01:29 AM
:hug:

I'm so sorry to hear! You're not a bad mom at all, you're doing all you can.

This may be a little OT, but, the other night I was watching a special on Discovery Health, I believe it was, about a boy who had been diagnosed with cancer in his eyes when he was about 2 years old. The only way to keep the cancer from killing him was to remove his eyes. The boy is now 15 and he has adjusted wonderfully. While there are still some obstacles, he has learned to adjust to not having eyesight, and, is apparently the only known case of a person who can actually "see" through hearing. It's amazing the way bodies compensate.

While it is hard to deal with, hopefully the removal of the eye will be the worst of it and your baby will live a long happy life. There will, of course, be an adjustment period, but in time, he will adjust and I'm sure be just fine.

I'm sending tons of good thoughts your way and hoping for the best. :hug:

callmesusan
06-24-2008, 02:17 AM
Awww. Poor kitty. We had a cat growing up who had an eye removed. The vet sewed on a button!!

sue in canada
06-24-2008, 08:01 AM
So sorry to hear your news. Our pets are like our children, so it must be a hard decision. However, I am sure he will do fine. Animals seem so resilient. Good Luck to both of you.

catlvr
06-24-2008, 08:58 AM
We have a pekingese dog who had his eye removed 5 yrs. ago, and he is just fine. Sorry you and kitty are going through this. Prayers coming your way.

CountryKitty
06-24-2008, 10:16 AM
I had a neighbor whose outdoor cat lost an eye after a fight--they never bothered to take her to a vet, just let the infection take it (*&%$#!). She did fine without it.

We also had a beagle stray up a few years ago with the exact same problem...infection so bad that the eye had already come out, and a few toothmarks on his face to show what had caused the loss. Another neighbor and I wound up feeding him and trying to locate the owners (he'd probably been lost while hunting) and he repayed us by running off the deer that had been feeding in our gardens. Didn't have a problem getting around at all. After a visit from the neighbor's grandkids, involving lots of petting and playing, it was decided that he needed to come home with them.

Your cat will be fine, dearheart; just keep loving her like the good catMommy you are. And remember--no Mom is perfect, we all just care enough to wish we were.

bailsmom
06-24-2008, 12:43 PM
Hi everyone! Thanks again for your wonderfully comforting words. Although that button sewing thing kinda creeped me out. :teehee:

I had a tough night last night. I cried pretty hard as I feel so guilty about not taking him in sooner than I did. Maybe we could have prevented the infection or something else. I know it doesn't do any good to live in the land of "what if", but I just can't keep myself from going there. A part of me is hoping our regular vet (which we haven't actually seen yet as I couldn't get an appt to see him in time so we've taken Max to see 2 other vets that work there) will tell us something different and I know that's not a good thing to get my hopes up but I can't help myself. I don't want my Max to lose his eye, even if he can't see out of it. I just don't want him to be in any pain. That's first and foremost. Forgive my babbling on here, I'm just trying to hold onto anything I can to avoid this from happening.

I have an appt this Thursday with our regular vet so I'll keep you posted as to what the next step will be....:muah:

stitchwitch
06-24-2008, 05:00 PM
You're not a bad pet Momma. Max can't look at you and say "hey Mom, my eye hurts real bad and I can't see real well can you take a look at it?" You did what you thought he needed, it's not like you knew he had something bad and ignored it.
I'm hoping the regular vet finds it's something that can be fixed without losing the eye but if it needs to go I'm sure you'll be a great nurse Momma and take care of him and spoil him. It's probably worse on you than on him. :hug:

mks22300
06-24-2008, 07:51 PM
So sorry to hear about your kitty, but I'm sure he'll adjust fine. One of my cats lost his leg and he moved around just fine for years after. Don't feel guilty, you're a great pet mom! :hug:

BobbiKnits
06-24-2008, 08:19 PM
:hug: I know it probably doesn't make you feel much better, but at least you'll have it taken care of and your kitty will feel better. I don't have a cat, but I do have a sister who is blind in one eye, and she's doing just fine ;) ....sorry, that probably doesn't help.

newamy
06-24-2008, 10:38 PM
Sorry about your kitty. Poor thing! I hope the surgery is successful and once he recovers will be okay.

My only suggestion is that he should become an indoor cat if he's not already. Having two eyes allow us to have depth perception and judge distances. Having one eye will put him at a distinct disadvantage in the out doors with general vision but also with judging distances for climbing, running, and seeing how far away a moving car is. A cat's eyes are really important (as they are for all of us) but in proportion to their size a cat has larger eyes than we do in proportion to our size.

bailsmom
06-24-2008, 11:08 PM
You're not a bad pet Momma. Max can't look at you and say "hey Mom, my eye hurts real bad and I can't see real well can you take a look at it?" You did what you thought he needed, it's not like you knew he had something bad and ignored it.
I'm hoping the regular vet finds it's something that can be fixed without losing the eye but if it needs to go I'm sure you'll be a great nurse Momma and take care of him and spoil him. It's probably worse on you than on him. :hug:

You nailed it right on the head. I think I'm taking it a little harder because of the way the eye doctor just threw it out at us and went on his merry little way. If he had just been a little more sensitive in the way he delivered the news it wouldn't have stung quite as bad. At least I don't think it would have. Yes, I'd still be shocked, but he still could have said it more gently than he did.

Thanks for the hugs. :hug:

bailsmom
06-24-2008, 11:09 PM
:hug: I know it probably doesn't make you feel much better, but at least you'll have it taken care of and your kitty will feel better. I don't have a cat, but I do have a sister who is blind in one eye, and she's doing just fine ;) ....sorry, that probably doesn't help.

Thanks BobbiKnits, I needed that laugh today. :rofl:

bailsmom
06-24-2008, 11:15 PM
Sorry about your kitty. Poor thing! I hope the surgery is successful and once he recovers will be okay.

My only suggestion is that he should become an indoor cat if he's not already. Having two eyes allow us to have depth perception and judge distances. Having one eye will put him at a distinct disadvantage in the out doors with general vision but also with judging distances for climbing, running, and seeing how far away a moving car is. A cat's eyes are really important (as they are for all of us) but in proportion to their size a cat has larger eyes than we do in proportion to our size.

Yep, he is an indoor cat. Although he sure would love to be an outdoor cat! We've tried taking him out on a leash but all he does is eat the grass and then comes inside and pukes it up on my carpet. Why do they always puke on the carpet?! They never puke on the kitchen floor. Oy vey.

He knows his name and will come when we call him and when we come home from the store or wherever, he comes running to the door to greet us like a dog does!! :teehee: He's the best. I'm smiling just thinking about that....

Eccie
06-25-2008, 12:27 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I hope the appointment with the eye doctor goes well, I'll keep you in my thoughts.

bailsmom
06-26-2008, 03:07 PM
My Max will have his eye surgery in one week. Next Wednesday morning I'll take him in and they will remove his eye. I'm still pretty upset but I'm moving on to being more angry with myself at the moment for not taking him in sooner. I guess I'll always blame myself for that. Oh well.

I know this isn't the end of the world for me or my Max, but it's just harder right now for me because I've never had an animal without all of their body parts attached! So it's going to take me some time to get used to seeing him with only one eye.

Say a prayer that all goes well and that it doesn't turn out to be cancer too.

sue in canada
06-26-2008, 03:20 PM
Positive and healing thoughts being sent to you and Max.

saracidaltendencies
06-26-2008, 03:44 PM
Thinking of you and Max and hoping for the best :hug:

Eccie
06-26-2008, 04:47 PM
:hug: :hug:

candicane
06-26-2008, 08:28 PM
My cat had her eye removed last year. She had glaucoma and the drops did not help. They sutured the socket closed and she looked a little like Frankenkitty until the stitches came out. I think she was much happier to have all that pressure relieved. Vision was never an issue for her in that eye since she had been blind in it since kittenhood.

Happy recovery and kitty hugs!

catlvr
06-27-2008, 09:28 AM
Don't know if it will help, but our pekingese seemed to be in more pain when we were trying to save his eye than when we had it removed. He was up and about and almost his old self in 2 days after the surgery. It's been 5 years and the only problem we notice is he is very tentative when crossing the threshold of the door to go out. Hang in there. I think your kitty will be just fine!! (You need to stop blaming yourself though) Prayers for you and kitty.