Thanks to the many FB friends that continually inquire how things are going with my cat. To catch everyone else up, she quit eating this past Tuesday. She's only 4 so this is not a normal thing. On Thursday, she stayed with the vet, had xrays and got fluids. They were quite sure that day that there was nothing in her intestines, and that the next step was blood tests. I was kind of surprised at the clean xrays, as I know she chews and eats foam when she can find it. I've seen it in her catbox. As an aside, I have raided the boys' rooms for all foam, gimp and anything that looks chewable, but I fear it may be too late. We took her home to mull this additional cost over. These tests would only reveal something we didn't want to deal with like kidney or liver malfunction. She ate something on Thursday evening and Friday morning, so I was hopeful that things were looking better. Then she refused all day Friday, despite taking appetite stimulant pills. Yesterday I took her back to the vet to have the tests. She's lost nearly 3lb since this started. They drew blood and ran additional xrays, this time at no cost. The bloodwork was clean, but the vet thought that the xrays were "suspicious" - not anything obvious on them, but not nothing to say a conclusive diagnosis. My gut is that foam, since it is mostly air, would appear like a gas pocket in the gut. We can take her for an ultrasound, which costs $400, and will tell us for certain if there is anything there. If there is, she's headed to surgery. If no, then we are nowhere closer to knowing what is wrong, and we will have shelled out over $800. It is daunting monetarily. The vet is suggesting exploratory surgery, at a cost of anywhere between $500-1200. The higher end will be reached if they find things in her intestine and have to remove them. With having already spent $400, this is reaching the obscene. They won't euthanize a young, and fixable cat because the owners cannot afford to pay. But they see nothing wrong with sending her home to die a slow death in front of our 3 children. It's heartbreaking. It won't be a good Christmas this year, I'm afraid, and this is going to take every bit of our possible summer vacation fund too. It's not like I need things to depress me this time of year, but this is sure doing that. Somehow, I need some good news so I can get my quilting mojo back.
On Friday, I finished this quilt. It's so pretty - lots of great batiks in one of my favorite patterns. It was a very fun diversion to the Hell going on in our lives.