Monty is our family’s 2 year old cat. He isn’t just a pet but a member of our family, as I’m sure most people with or without pets can relate to.
Around 2 months ago he got a urinary tract infection and despite several trips to the vet and various medication, Monty’s bladder got blocked and he was in terrible pain and couldn’t move. Unfortunately this happened out of normal vet hours and we had to rush him to an emergency vet to have a life saving procedure to unblock him. Due to visiting an out-of-hours, emergency vet, the prices were significantly higher than normal and took a massive chunk out of our insurance.
He had to be taken to our normal vets in the morning and then taken back to the out of hours vet at night with his catheter in to stay on fluids as our normal vets couldn’t look after him at night. Once his catheter was taken out and we bought him home, Monty’s bladder blocked again immediately and he had to undergo the unblocking procedure again. This time, he was transferred to another branch which had out of hours facilities so we could reduce his stress by letting him remain in one place while he recovered. Unfortunately, once again when his catheter was removed, his bladder blocked within hours and he has to be unblocked again. The vet told us that while she has seen cats block on numerous occasions, she has never seen a cat block numerous times within hours of being decatheterised following the unblocking procedure.
Monty’s only option now is to undergo a perineal urethrostomy - an operation that removes his winkle (sorry I just don’t want to think about my boy having a penis in the first place ) so that this type of blockage cannot occur again. Unfortunately due to all of the procedures Monty has had to go through up until and the long hospital stays, we have already exceeded what our insurance will pay out.
I have never felt comfortable doing this type of thing but a few friends suggested it might help and we really are at a loss for what to do next. Monty is so very important to us that I am willing to try anything to make sure he is happy and healthy and can come back home. My children and I went to visit him at the vet last night and he has the cone of shame on, with a catheter and a drip in his leg which is heavily bandaged. He hasn’t been able to move around freely for 2 weeks and it just breaks my heart. Despite all of that, he still (attempted) to roll over for a chin scratch when he saw us. ❤️
The surgery alone will cost £1,250 and that’s not including medication and hospitalisation up to and following the operation. I in no way expect to raise anywhere close to this but anything that anybody could spare would be such a huge and appreciated help.
Thank you for taking the time to read his story. ❤️
- Adam Stewart
- Claire Battersby