Saturday, July 26, 2008

Kelly's Cat

Kelly's cat got sick while we were all at Girl Scout Daycamp. Kelly is a Girl Scout leader that I've known for about 6-7 years now. She took him to the vet and found out he had eaten wire from a craft project she did at her home for Girl Scouts. Surgery was needed to save his life. I just got an email, well, all the Girl Scouts in town got this email, that the surgery went find and the vet was astounded on how much stuff was in this cat's gut and how fortunate it blocked things up and he didn't further injest the wire. Kelly listed all the things in his tummy "On top of two pieces of wire she had a hair pony, string from the friendship bracelets, thread from the hiking bags, fleece from the cat toys that Chris had sold at the last leader meeting, 3 pieces of that and a lots and lots of grass. " Now I'm feeling really guilty as she named me and my troop's toy as one of the causes of her cat getting sick. I'm not sure what I'm suppose to do with that information. Does this make me accountable for the vet bills? She goes on to say, "A little to much he said and that was part of the other problem that cats can not digest grass and she was eating a lot of it to make her self throw up and it did not work. But that was also what probably saved her because the wire was not able to pass out of her stomach because of the blockage and it would have caused a lot of other problems." Or maybe she means me to know that my fleece actually saved the cat's life. I just don't know.

My cat Charlie ate thread when he was 5 months old. Rob, the kids and I were in Norway when my older daughter calls to let us know that Charlie is in the hospital and they believe he ate string. We were home the next day, so off we take Charlie to the surgeon. He has injested thread that had looped over his tongue and was cutting into the underside and strangling him. They had to make a total of 6 incisions in his stomach and intestons to get the long long length of thread out and they pulled out some curling ribbon. This was 4 1/2 years and $2000 ago. He is doing fine, a little thin but you would be too if you had had gastric bypass surgery. That was a bad year for us and cats. We had vet bills that totalled over $3000 and we buried one kitty a few days before Christmas.

But back to Kelly's cat. I'm sure that the vet bills will be huge but I can't take responsibility on what her cat eats, right?

1 comment:

  1. OMG! I had no idea Charlie was a thousand dollar cat!!! He is cute though.