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Old 07-14-2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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Prayers for my Cat :: UPDATE on Page 2 ::
Over the past couple weeks I have noticed that my kitty (Rebel 14yr old female) has been having some minor issues landing her jumps. Later I noticed she wasn't able to make her higher jumps. It wasn't constant so I just figured it was her age starting to show and she'd learn she can't do everything she used to.

She's a very energetic, and lively kitty. Extremely affectionate. People never believe me when I tell them she is 14, she is so small and active you'd think she's still only a year or three.

Today however when I came home from work, I noticed she wasn't walking quite right. She kept stumbling and swaying to the side, her right leg wasn't quite right. After some googling I realized she has a drunken gait with lame right hind leg. This is a symptom for any number of things, most leading to very severe problems. However this is the ONLY symptom she has. She still jumps and plays and begs for treats and eats and poops. She's still herself, she just keeps stumbling and falling everywhere.

I called the vet and they wanted me to bring her in right away, I don't drive and couldn't get a ride until tomorrow, they said ok but if she showed any other symptoms or her current symptoms worsened or if she showed signs of pain, to bring her in right away. (24 hour clinic)

So far she is still being her happy self, presently snuggled up in DH's lap like she always is at this time of night.

I am still worried though, as any furrmom would be. She's the oldest of all my cats and I have been so incredibly fortunate with all of them, this is the first time ever bringing a cat to the vet for anything potentially serious.

We are not very well off financially, so the idea that we may have to put her down because we can not afford treatment is a very real option, if whatever is wrong is especially bad, or painful. I pray this is not the case. She may be 14, but she still has so much zip in her, and I know she could easily have several great years ahead of her.

Please pray for our little girl, for good news tomorrow, and many years to come.



Rebel aka Pretty aka Peanut
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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Hoping for the best, she's a beautiful baby!
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I hope everything works out -- she is a beautiful furbaby!
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I'm so sorry- what a hard thing to deal with. It sounds like she may have had a stroke, but I'm clearly not a vet so I couldn't be sure.
If your vet suggests you have to put her down because you cannot afford it right away, ask about possibly paying it in portions or try a different vet. I don't think many vets would put down a cat if you cannot pay unless it's the last possible option and she doesn't have a good outlook.
I'm sending good thoughts your way and I'll be thinking of you guys tomorrow!
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I'm so sorry- what a hard thing to deal with. It sounds like she may have had a stroke, but I'm clearly not a vet so I couldn't be sure.
If your vet suggests you have to put her down because you cannot afford it right away, ask about possibly paying it in portions or try a different vet. I don't think many vets would put down a cat if you cannot pay unless it's the last possible option and she doesn't have a good outlook.
I'm sending good thoughts your way and I'll be thinking of you guys tomorrow!

My mom thought the same thing about the stroke too. We will find out tomorrow.

This is the best vet in the city, and they worked a great deal for my mother when her cat Missy found a way into her sewing box and consumed thread which then became badly tangled in her intestines. I don't think they do time installments though, which is unfortunate. I don't trust the other vets in town, as they are either more expensive, or very sketchy.


Thank you everyone for your prayers and thoughts. They mean alot to me.
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I hope she's okay. My cat is 17 so I know how hard it is when they get older and sick.
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I don't think they do time installments though, which is unfortunate.
most vet will do this i have found, but they dont advertise it as they want you to pay straight away. im doing it right now with a rather large horse bill. i was a bit naughty i didnt say before hand just waited to get the bill and said i would pay over the next 3 months (it was thousands though). i never asked just told my vet, but i have a strange arrangment with my vet.
most vets will do this if they have your cats best intesest at heart, and if they dont i would find another vet as they are there for the money not your pussy cat.

it could be a list of things wrong with your cat, anything from she has hip issues to a stroke. either way there is lots that can be done now a days.
it could be something as silly as arthritus as she is getting an older lady. if its this its easily treatable.

to you and your kitty cat and hope shes feeling better soon
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