Sir Stuffington's Sbt Colectomy
Last night at around midnight, Sir Stuffington was rushed to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic. His frequent cat box trips made us believe he was suffering from a possible UTI. But what we discovered was much worse. The x-rays showed that Stuffy is suffering from severe constipation, caused by a disease called Megacolon.
Megacolon means large colon. It’s a disorder resulting from too much waste accumulation in the bowel, which causes it to enlarge. It is a terrible condition in which the large intestine is extremely dilated, has very poor motility, and there is an accumulation of fecal material that the animal can’t eliminate from his body.
We immediately underwent the initial medical treatment, which is involving him being hospitalized with around the clock care for 2 days. (totaling $3,390.00) Fluids, meds, enemas, and pain management. Unfortunately at his stage of distention surgery is going to be the only option. We have gotten a second (and a 3rd) opinion on his condition, and unfortunately have no other choice but to undergo what they call, "Sub Total Colectomy."
Subtotal colectomy is essentially the removal of the majority of the colon. After doing a lot of research and asking a lot of questions, we (the vet, my wife, and I) believe Stuffy is a good canditate for this procedure.
I found this in some online research from the Cornell Veterinary website:
"This is major surgery, but the overwhelming majority of cats respond quite favorably. The most common postsurgical problem is diarrhea, but most cats begin to form stool of an acceptable quality within several weeks of having this procedure. Life often returns to normal, or near normal, within several weeks. Though a subtotal colectomy is not necessarily a perfect solution, the majority of people whose cats have had one are quite pleased with the results. They continue to share life with a feline friend who, without the surgery, would not have survived."
I am reaching out to Sir Stuffington's Friends, Family, and Fans, as we have taken care and paid for the first treatment and hospitalization. The financial burden of the surgery is what we are asking help with. The high end estimate is putting us at $4413.00, and as we are not cutting any corners with treatment, and are preparing ourselves the best we can. He will have medication to maintence this condition post-op, and will have a happy healthy hopefully very long life.
Unfortunately we have almost NO TIME to raise this money. He is currently hospitalized in stable condition, and finishing up the 48hr treatment. After Saturday night he is expected to be ready for surgery. I have posted his x-ray and the bill from treatment, and the estimate for his surgery.
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I appreciate any and all help. There are no words to describe what this little kitty means to me and my family. I fell in love with him while I fostered him as a tiny kitten, found on the streets in Portland. When he was ready to be adopted out as a kitten I had fallen so in love with him, I couldn't let him go. He has grown up from a tiny sweet kitten into a wonderful loving silly cat. He is in every sense our cat child, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure he has many more wonderful years with us, making people smile with his perfect little pirate face.
Shopping list for when Sir comes home. It's going to be messy at first. My Tabitha had uncontrolled runs for close to 3 weeks and then still spurts after that for another couple of weeks. You may want to consider costs and add to your goal. Here's what I found helped: 1) Grreat Choice Dog Crate - you can get this at Petsmart. Nice and large as going to be Sir's castle for a bit 2) Covered litterbox - the dog crate has a side door in addition to the large door you will use to interact with the Sir. We removed the side door and used duct tape to "attach" the covered pan to the opening so Tabitha could have easy access when she tried to control her bowels. Sir will miss and will also have spurts, but that's okay - the pan just gives the feel of normal and as time goes on he will be normal ♥ 3) Lots of litter - I thought fresh kitten poop was bad....oh man you are going to be changing frequently (but so worth it for Sir). Sir will likely be embarrassed so fresh litter helps his esteem as well as your nose. Tabitha really really was bothered when had liquid soaking in litter box 4) Several old blankets - soft surface to sleep on - the crate is excellent as has removable bottom pan to slide out and clean - we folded blankie so covered one half of crate. At first kitty beds little too hard to climb into and there is also the issue of cleaning.... 5) Disposable underpads (Chux worked well - see Google). You see these in nursing homes and hospitals and there's a reason :) We wrapped the blankies in these. Pretty soft. Tabitha still removed often, but often also left as is and so mess on disposable pads and not blankie so less washing machine time 6) Dark blanket - the other kitties in our home just were way too curious - we covered the top and 3 sides with the blanket so some privacy and the front faced us so other kitties pretty much left her alone or were "nice" since we could see what they were up to 7) Collar - Tabitha just worried her behind like crazy with cleaning. Took the fur right off without the collar. Then gets sick throwing up the fur. And squirts. Repeat. Collar bypasses that whole cycle since he can't reach the area. 8) Sir will be very frustrated with not being able to clean that area but just keep wipes handy and help him out throughout the day and night and he'll be okay. 9) Check with the vet, nip helps, Feliway didn't do much. And yes, first week pain meds are going to be Sir's best friend. The whole tidiness thing sleeping is better than stressing. 10) LOVE, love, love, love - just can't give kitty enough during this time. He may try to stay in a corner embarassed, and just have to act like nothing happened and all cool. Know that he's in good hands for that XOXO.
If you don't already have one, I highly recommend a Litter Locker or a Litter Genie, for all the poopy pads and wipes. I have the Locker and I don't buy the expensive bags for it; Safeway sells a pack of 65 lavender scented thin trash bags that fit perfectly, for $5. I guarantee it will keep the house less smelly and you won't have to take litter/wipes out to the trash so much.