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!