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Postby Meganthemog » October 10th, 2018, 2:35 pm

I wonder if anyone could put my mind at rest please? Buddy is now in his 3rd week on confinement to a cage and yesterday on one of his daily out of cage cuddles I noticed he was rather nasal. He sounds like he has a bit of a cold but this is unlikely since he hasn't been anywhere except a brief visit to the vet last week when he was nowhere near another animal.
Could it be because he is immobile and is getting a bit congested?
I am very loathe to take him back to the vet - it's already cost me a small fortune and every visit seems to incite a further bill for £50+ :terrified:
I have looked on the internet and all the articles seem to be written by veterinarians so always say take him to the vet :lol:
Any ideas my knowledgeable friends?
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Chinchilla_lady » October 10th, 2018, 2:47 pm

Could very well be Megan, get some eucalyptus oil from the chemist and dissolve in warm water as directed, put a bowl of it in the same room, (not in his cage) see if that helps. Dont tell the chemist its for pet use though! They wont sell iot to you, 'elf and safety and all that. If that dosent work it may well be back to the vet. Or, is he on any meds he could be allergic to?
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Re: Cat Question

Postby earthmaiden » October 10th, 2018, 2:50 pm

I'd leave it a few days and see if it worsens (or improves!). Then I think I would go to the vet - have you any idea if he has had any vaccinations or anything or if anything has been introduced into the house he could be allergic to?

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Re: Cat Question

Postby Seatallan » October 10th, 2018, 3:57 pm

Megan, may be worth ringing the vet. You can probably initially get some (free) advice from one of the nurses and may well not need to take it any further.
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » October 10th, 2018, 5:09 pm

My lovely vet has just rung me to check on Buddy's progress :luv: he is rather handsome but that is beside the point. He agreed that I should just monitor Buddy's snuffles but more importantly he was ringing to say that he was knocking £350 off my outstanding bill of £500 :o He said that as we had taken Buddy in he thought he should try and ease the burden!
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Re: Cat Question

Postby TeresaFoodie » October 10th, 2018, 5:21 pm

The tale of little Buddy joining your family has the makings of a book about it. :wink:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby suffolk » October 10th, 2018, 5:43 pm

A lovely vet indeed .... you can tell him that he has a load of unseen Wildie fans :luv: :kneel: :wave:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Zosherooney » October 10th, 2018, 5:51 pm

MTM You seem to have won the vet over ! Excellent news. So pleased for you and Buddy. :hug: :hug: My offer still stands.....
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Re: Cat Question

Postby earthmaiden » October 10th, 2018, 6:49 pm

Great news!!
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Re: Cat Question

Postby uschi » October 10th, 2018, 6:57 pm

Wonderful!!! You so deserve that!!! What a great vet!!!
As for Buddy, tell him someone in Germany is sending good vibes and saying: "get well soon, Buddy, and keep your ears stiff!!!" ;) :hi5:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Grasshopper » October 10th, 2018, 8:04 pm

What a GREAT vet you have!
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Seatallan » October 11th, 2018, 9:49 am

Hurrah for the Lovely Vet say I!! :D :tu:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » October 11th, 2018, 10:33 am

LOL yes he is lovely - if you want to see just how lovely check out the BBC Vets 24/7 site and look for Gareth :luv: In fact just about all the vets are pretty lush :lol:
Uschi I love the stiff ears comment - Buddy's ears are stiff! He's just demolished a Sheba tuna with prawns :hungry:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » October 12th, 2018, 10:25 am

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Here are a couple of Buddy shots - his fixator is a bit scary. :scared:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Chinchilla_lady » October 12th, 2018, 10:48 am

Wonderful what the vets can do, how are his snuffles?
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » October 12th, 2018, 11:01 am

Chinchilla_lady wrote:Wonderful what the vets can do, how are his snuffles?


The only time he snuffles now is when he's eating - he spent the whole evening sitting on the sofa next to me last night - without a sniff!
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » October 31st, 2018, 9:37 am

So today is the day that Buddy gets his cage removed. We aren't going to go to the mega expensive vet in Bristol but having it removed by lovely vet :luv: :luv: He's done it many times before and is happy to do it for us. It means that instead of a 2 hour journey in a cat basket which he hates, Buddy will have a 5 minute journey. He'll be sedated and x rayed to make sure that the ankle is stable then the cage will be removed. He's then back in the cage for another 2 weeks rest and then he should be fit and well to go back to normal.
However this morning the black thug that put him in this condition was sitting on the garden wall. I shooed him away but he is very defiant. I don't think Buddy is going to be a free cat anymore - not while this brute is in the neighbourhood. :evil:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby suffolk » October 31st, 2018, 10:27 am

Good news that he's recovering so well ... all credit to you and the vets :kneel: :hi5: ... maybe he's just going to have to adapt to being a house-cat. My DD and DS have both had housecats who lived long, happy and healthy lives ... I know Buddy was used to roaming free, but he's got used to being in the house now ...
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Ratatouille » October 31st, 2018, 1:12 pm

Well done lBuddy.and lovely vet . Jules sends his love and best wishes for a good outcome.

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Re: Cat Question

Postby Seatallan » October 31st, 2018, 1:24 pm

So pleased Buddy is doing so well. If he's been used to going out it may be difficult or impossible to turn him into a house cat but hopefully he and the brute cat will sort things out with no more fighting. Will keep my paws crossed....
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Re: Cat Question

Postby suffolk » October 31st, 2018, 1:29 pm

Perhaps keeping him in at night would work? That always seems to me the time when most fighting goes on. It's also much better to keep cats in at night as the majority of tragic cat -v- car incidents happen at night.
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Re: Cat Question

Postby patpoyntz » October 31st, 2018, 1:48 pm

So pleased Buddy is doing so well.
Sadly we don’t have cats now, but when we did, I always kept then in at night. Too many dangers in the dark round here. They didn’t mind at all. If the horrible attacker is around, I’d be afraid to let Buddy out...but maybe you can spend time with him in the garden at first, and chase off the intruder.
My sons cat comes to stay here quite often, he lives in a very remote area, and is a great wanderer, but because he isn’t used to traffic, we keep him in when he is with us....he settles down really well, accepts that is what happens here, and never shows sign of missing the outside. I think most cats are very adaptable.
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » October 31st, 2018, 2:37 pm

Lovely vet has just rung :luv: Buddy is doing well but they want to keep the cage on for 2 more weeks just to be sure. They have removed one of the pins which gives the leg a little more movement as they think it will assist in the healing process. Poor Buddy I promised him that he would be rid of the metalwork today :cry: I had better get him a special dinner for tonight with lots of cuddles :hug:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » November 20th, 2018, 9:39 am

Tomorrow is D Day and Buddy will have his cage removed - then 2 more weeks of cage. TBH I have been letting him have the run of the sitting room during the day - the furthest he can go is up onto the sofa and he does that on 3 legs but he is so much happier than if he is confined to a small space. So no food after 8 tonight and he will be very grumpy in the morning. Fingers crossed all goes well for him tomorrow.
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Re: Cat Question

Postby suffolk » November 20th, 2018, 10:44 am

Fingers crossed here too :D
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Re: Cat Question

Postby earthmaiden » November 20th, 2018, 11:37 am

What an ordeal it has been - Buddy is so lucky to have found you! I am sure all will be well tomorrow and there will be light at the end of the tunnel :hug: :hug:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Seatallan » November 20th, 2018, 12:05 pm

So pleased to hear he's making good progress bless him (and you :luv: )
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Bubbles » November 20th, 2018, 12:09 pm

Hope all goes well tomorrow for Buddy. :hug:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Ratatouille » November 20th, 2018, 12:57 pm

Jules and I send good wishes to Buddy and you too :hug: :hug:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » November 20th, 2018, 1:12 pm

Thank you all :luv: :luv: I have passed on your best wishes to Buddy who is purring very contentedly - he doesn't know what is coming up! :scared: No food after 8 tonight which is going to kill him as he is such a glutton :lol:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Zosherooney » November 20th, 2018, 6:15 pm

Good luck to all of you from us and our tribe. :luv: :luv:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 20th, 2018, 9:40 pm

I hope thag baby man's belly isn't rumbling too loudly! :hug:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » November 21st, 2018, 11:20 am

At 7 this morning he was making such a racket - his cries are almost human! He was the perfect gentleman when I left him at the vets - he loves the nurses there :luv: :luv: He will just be sedated today no GA so he should be allowed home after 2. I have taken this opportunity to wash all his bedding and hoover out his cage :lol:
GS has a bag of cheese Dreamies ready for him - but he's put on 700g since his confinement so I think a diet is in order when he's allowed out of his cage!
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Grasshopper » November 21st, 2018, 9:39 pm

Aww - bless him, and you!

It's my guess he will be spoilt rotten @ Xmas :luv:

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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » November 22nd, 2018, 11:56 am

Well Buddy is home and the metal rods have been removed - sadly it looks like the operation wasn't successful and Buddy's ankle isn't stable. We have several choices - firstly leave it as it is where he will probably not use the leg and will walk on 3 legs. Secondly we can have another operation to fit a metal plate - this will make his leg rigid. Thirdly we amputate and leave him with 3 legs.
I feel that if he can cope with just leaving it as it is this is his best option - I really don't feel that he should have to go through any more stress. He's been caged for almost 12 weeks and has another recommended 4 to come.
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Chinchilla_lady » November 22nd, 2018, 12:09 pm

Leave as is, see he he gets on with it, keep your eye on it, your vet will tell you what to look for, first sign of any problems take him straight back to the vet.Should he have to loose the leg he will soon get used to it, I have seen a lot of cats with 3 legs, they do cope remarkably well.
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Re: Cat Question

Postby suffolk » November 22nd, 2018, 12:17 pm

I agree with Chinch ... be guided by how well he does. And if need be ... DD had a cat with only three legs ... she’d had a front one amputated at the shoulder. She’d adapted so well and was so nimble ... even on rooftops! To wash herself she would prop herself against a cushion so she could use the one front paw that she had.


Keeping fingers crossed for a positive outcome ... whatever that may turn out to be :D :tu: :hug:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Sloe-Gin » November 22nd, 2018, 6:30 pm

Sending healing wishes for poor Buddy
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Meganthemog » November 29th, 2018, 12:22 pm

Well we have done away with the cage and the first thing he did was to leg it up the stairs and up onto my bed! He is purring very contentedly - no more cages for him. House cat with a dodgy leg :luv: :luv:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby suffolk » November 29th, 2018, 12:32 pm

Awww glad he’s happy. And probably with a dodgy leg he’ll be content indoors :luv:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Ratatouille » November 29th, 2018, 1:26 pm

Well done both of you :hi5: :luv:
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Seatallan » November 29th, 2018, 4:51 pm

Oh bless you all...That's fab... yes, deffo leave it. My guess is he'll get along fine with three good legs and a slightly moody one. As Chinch says, cats can manage remarkably well with three legs. I imagine he'll form a false joint on the ankle as time passes.

I always remember a James Herriot story about a dog he treated who had only two viable legs out of four and yet still managed to run around in a more or less completely normal fashion. :D
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Re: Cat Question

Postby earthmaiden » November 29th, 2018, 7:38 pm

Sounds as if he's doing just fine! There's a cat near GD's house with 3 legs, he scampers all round the neighbourhood and scales high fences with ease!
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Re: Cat Question

Postby Zosherooney » November 29th, 2018, 11:35 pm

Thoughts with you all and Buddy, I'll go with the rest, keep a close eye and figgies crossed, he will be more of a house cat... They are amazing animals and can adapt with the situations that life sends them. :luv: to Buddy....
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