Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Little One

There will be no weekly sum-up this time. I had a very rough week and it was all about my little one - Aishila.



Aishila was born in June 2007. Her mother was a 13-year old cat of not so great healt. Aishila barely lived through the first weeks of her life. I had to wash her eyes and nose with chamomile tea multiple times a day, but she made it. She gets ill really fast though and she had some other conditions as well - multiple colds, broken rib, full anal glands... She's been on antibiotics a lot of times. 

This week I took her to the vet because of the weird swelling that she had on the side of her body. The vet said it's probably hernia. He also said that no vet in their right mind would give her anesthesia, her lungs were too weak for that. He told me to come back the next day and get another opinion. So I did. Two more vets said it's hernia. They would have to operate her. I was heart-broken. I knew we had to do this, but there was a chance she'd never wake up again. It was supposed to be my decision. They told me to leave her there so they could take some x-rays. They would call me later and tell me what would be best to do. 

An hour later - no call. I asked my sister to call them, because I was too emotional to do it myself. There was no vet available. She called them again 2 hours later. Nothing. Three hours later she finally got to talk to the vet. He said he opened Aishila up (without my permission) and there's nothing he can do. One of her lungs collapsed and the swelling wasn't hernia but an edema. All the colds took their toll. He asked what we wanted to do. He was prepared to euthanize her right away. And I said no. No way. I wanted to get her home. 

My little one is breathing with one lung. Her breathing is weak, but she lived through the operation. Third day after the operation, she's just like always - she caught a mouse the other day, she fights with Arya, she eats and sleeps. She's a curious little thing. 
I know the bills are gonna be high again, but you know - she's worth it. Every day with her is worth it. She's not the biggest, the prettiest or the healtiest cat, but she's a fighter and she's mine. And I'm not going to fail her.

If anyone has any information on cats with one lung - care, nutrition ... anything, I'd be very grateful if you could share it with me. Thank you!

43 comments:

  1. I'm afraid I don't have any information on cats living with one lung, I'm sure there must be some out there. I hope she recovers as best she can and spends a few more happy years. My cat, Aria, died this summer due to a misdiagnosis and I wish I had a few more days with her. Good luck to your cute kitty.

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  2. Oh Sasha, I'm so sorry for your cat, poor little thing. She sure is a fighter! I hope she stays with you as long as possible. Hugs.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear about Aishila's health! I can't offer you advice, but you'll be in my thoughts. Ge well soon Aishila! Xoxoxo

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  4. First of all, I'm so sorry that you have to go though this. Second, make sure that you don't pay for the surgery itself, They didn't have your permission to do it so they have to foot the bill.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear that your little one is not in good health at the moment. I hope that she'll recover!!
    And: I think she is a very pretty little cat!!

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  6. Aw, the bests for her! I hope she'll get better soon and will keep you company for many years to come! I wish you both lots of strenght to help you through the rough periods.

    As a cat owner myself, I can absolutely realte. She is my first cat ever, and I was in tears when she fell out of the window 2 years ago. When I found her, the first thing I saw was blood coming out of her mouth and I almost panicked that I won't be able to get her to the vet in time. Luckily she only bit her mouth, hence the blood.
    She had a fractured leg and was very weak for days after the operation and couldn't eat normally beacause of the cone, so I fed her from a spoon every few hours and spent much of my days sitting net to her on the bathroom floor, where her 'recovery station' was built. Lucky I was still a student by that time and had spring break.

    Since than from time to time I remember how worried I was and how much I'd miss her if she wasn't with me... They can be such loving and loveable companions. :)

    Sorry for the long comment, I just got all emotional over your post... Best to you all!
    L.

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  7. Wow!!!
    I'm sorry to hear that but I'm so happy she's alive
    She's strong despite all her problems, I hope she'll be be able to prove that for a long time
    Good luck and all my love is for you both

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  8. oh no I really hope she'll be fine. it sounds pretty bad and i don't know much about sick cats - mine's pretty healthy but i really hope she pulls through.

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  9. Wow, what a heavy week! I can imagine you don't want to let her go, and as long as she is not in pain I can't imagine why you'd make that decision. Good luck and I hope you find a way to give her the best care for this problem!

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  10. I'm so sorry for you, she's such a pretty kitty and this made me really sad :( I really really really hope you'll find something that will get her better.

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  11. I have no advice, but I do have many positive thoughts and prayers for you and Aishila.

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  12. Oh, I'm thinking of you both. Sending love and light! Aishila sounds like a fighter.

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  13. I hope your cat gets better. I think that vets in general are too quick to suggest euthanizing pets, which is outrageous.

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  14. Sreča, da te ima in da ne obupaš nad njo. Čudovit odnos imaš do svojih živalic in mislim, da bi vsak moral imeti tako rad svojo žival kot jo imaš ti. Se mi pa zdi resnično neverjetno in katastorfalno, da so jo operirali kar brez tvojega dovoljenja. Je to sploh legalno?? Upam, da bo Aishila prebrodila to težavo in jim vsem pokazala, da ni treba kar takoj dat inekcijo, čim kaj zaškripa!

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear your Aishila is going through such a tough time, I wish you both the best!

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  16. Poor kitty, brave you. I just made a little research just out of curiousity and found a little article in French where it's said a human being can live absolutely normally with only one lung. Then why not a cat? :)

    You did the right choice to refuse euthanasy. I would have done all the same. <3 All my love to you and your adorable little one, girl!

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  17. I'm so sorry that your kitty is having such a rough time. I wish that I could help. I will say, I would challenge any vet bills related to the surgery. Since the vet performed that surgery without notifying you and getting your express consent to the procedure, you might not have to pay that portion of the bill.

    I am sending healing vibes to your kitty.

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  18. I'm sorry to hear about your lil one, I'm sure she is one tough cat though!

    My bf is a vet, and he basically says there is nothing much you could do for Aishila except to cotton wrap her so that she won't get sick so easily. Fingers crossed for both of you!

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  19. Hi,
    I'm so sorry heard that your kitty is so sick. I don't have experience with this particular problem. But our dog has big problem with epilepsia and vets advices us to eutanasia but we say know and try alternative medicine. http://www.energyvet.com/en/menu_x78x.asp from here this is czech-slovakia company so i don't know if their products are avalaible in Slovenia but their are small miracle. And i think that could help your kitty. For her would be the best from pentagram virovet because he helps with lungs and intestins which are pairs organs . And what I heard from others vet who are working with these products they have very good experience too.

    Hope she will get better, if you would need more info just write me mail (monikabullova(at)gmail.com)i can look more info to energy magazine we work with this company for long time i have more experience with products for human but so far vets doesn't disappointed either.

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  20. I'm so sorry for you! I really hope she gets better!

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  21. Sorry for Aishila... I love cats and I'm praying for her to get better. She's surely strong, no doubts about it :)
    I agree with Ice Queen... the vet didn't notify you before the surgery, so you don't have to pay... ¬¬

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  22. I am SO sorry, yet so glad that this entry didn't end the way I thought it was going to <3 There's hope, and you and kitty will be in my hopeful thoughts!

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  23. I don't have any recommendations, just lots of good wishes for you and your little one.

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  24. Big hug to both of you!! I'm sure she'll be ok!

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  25. Sasha, your story had me so emotional that I could barely think, let alone write. I'm afraid I don't have any information for you about this issue, although I would be willing to do some research from my home base here in North America, if you'd like.

    Your heart and gut told you what to do, and I'm so happy for you both that you listened. It's not her time to go, it's as simple as that...and she's definitely shown that she has the heart & spirit of a warrior.

    Sending you tons of love and positive vibes....give a big kiss to Aishila from me!

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  26. I am so sorry to hear this. I have six cats that I rescued, and all of them have health problems, but none of them have one lung so I don't know what to recommend. When my cats are sick it really stresses me out, so I can feel your pain. I pray that Aishila will recover fully and that you will have a lot more time with her. I am sending you and Aishila love and positive thoughts!! xoxo

    <3 Gigi

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  27. I was so worried to read your post after seeing the pictures, but I am so happy to hear you still have your beautiful Aishila. My thoughts are with you and your beautiful girl.

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  28. Držim pesti, da se vse lepo izteče. Tvoje živali imajo res srečo, da jih imaš tako rada in ti ni škoda denarja za njih.
    Se pa vidid, da je tudi mucica zelo vzdržljiva. Mislim, da če je prebrodila vse do sedaj, da lahko tudi to :)
    Bi pa na tvojem mestu resno razmislila o menjavi veterinarja. Ne vem kako lahko kar sam od sebe začne z nekim postopkom, sploh če je prej rekel, da obstaja možnost da se ne bo zbudila več po operaciji. Groza!
    Držim pesti da bo še naprej taka močna borka!

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  29. She's so pretty! I wish her a lot of strenght and health!

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  30. God, i'm so sorry for the little cute furry baby... I know you and Aishila are fighters and she's strong as well.. wish you all the best, i feel so much for you / i hade two cats who died last autumn... still heartbroken, now i have another sis coupple, so i understand you sooo well/ and i send you so much love and positive thoughts, you can't even imagine..

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  31. I am so sorry to hear this :( I hope she can stay with you as long as possible. She sure is a fighter.

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  32. ajoooooj draga moja, ti si stvarno pegulasta sa svojim ljubimcima :-(
    nadam se da će se aishila potpuno oporaviti i da ćemo još dugo uživati u njenim fotkama :-D

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  33. She sounds like a real fighter and I'm sure she will make it through with your help

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  34. I'm sorry to hear that, and my heart and good wishes go to you and your cat. I've had pets who were part of my family get sick, and I know how hard it can be. Good luck.

    -Voly

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  35. Joj bošček! Res upam, da bo z njo ve v redu. :(

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  36. A really sad post, but I wanted to say that I fully understand your reaction and that I would do the same for my cats, too. No matter how high the bill would be.
    I hope that Aishila will get better soon so that she can spend some more wonderful weeks, months oder perhaps years by your side.

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  37. This breaks my heart. I hope your little one pulls through and you can enjoy more time with her. You are both in my thoughts tonight...

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  38. I'm sorry to hear that from you. If I understood right, your cat Aishila has edema. I'm not a vet, I'm just a nurse, but as animals and humans (also animals) are not so different, I think maybe diuretics could work right for her, but I guess the vet would have told you about that.
    I hope Aishila will get better soon.

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  39. oh thats so sad! Sending positive thoughts your way!! Hang in there Aishila!!

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  40. I am sorry to hear Aishila has been through so much. I don't have any advice to give other than I would do exactly the same thing. Our pets are our family and we must stand by them through it all. She is very, very lucky to have you as her human. May she recover quickly and live a happy life with her family!

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  41. I really hope she'll be alright! It hurts so much to see them sick or hurt...
    I know you, like me, take comfort in good books and music: a great song is In This Moment - The Promise, and you should check out the book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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  42. I'm a little late, I've been out of town, so sorry to hear about Aishila. How is she? I hope she's getting better. I've had many cats that I have cared for but the 2 that I raised from birth share a special bond with me that only someone who has experienced it can understand. I sincerely pray that things are going better with your little one & that you both can find the strength deep inside to be strong together.

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