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I Almost Lost My Cat This Morning

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I didn't know where else to put it.

I bought a new office chair the other day, and I kept the box just in case I need to return it. After the cats knocked it over and tore out all of the garbage and leftover cardboard and stuff all over the floor that night, we put it upright in the bathtub and shut the door to the bathroom when we were gone yesterday. Last night, we forgot to shut the door.

When I woke up this morning and went to the bathroom, I noticed that one of my cats was up in the bathroom window, where he never lays, and I also noticed that the box was knocked over and laying flat in the tub, and it fit pretty tightly against the sides. When I sat down, I saw black legs in the corner of the tub. He was half inside the box, and the other half was outside. He must have tried to crawl into the box after knocking it over and he got stuck. I think my cat in the window was trying to let me know that the other one was in the tub and that something was wrong.

I screamed.

I tried moving his legs but they didn't move or twitch. I thought he was dead. My fiance came out and put the box back up and took him out, his head was moving. His legs and tail were completely limp and he couldn't move them. He would try to stand up but his back end wouldn't even lift. My first thought was just hoping and praying that he was just stuck too long and his legs were numb, like when our legs fall asleep. I didn't want to drag him to the vet yet, he was so listless and if I could at least get the feeling back into his legs as fast as I could, that would be better than dragging him out into the cold for a 20 minute car ride that might have lost precious time.

We brought out warm, moist towels and covered his legs and kept rubbing his legs, tail, and back, trying to stimulate bloodflow. Slowly, slowly, over 15-20 minutes, he started twitching his tail, then his feet, and finally moving and got up and started limping to the litterbox.

He can walk okay now, but he's still having problems going to the bathroom. I think he got backed up when he was stuck but he seems to be dropping longer and longer nuggets (now more like small logs). He drank a lot of water trying to help himself go, but he just threw all the water back up. He's going to the litterbox about every 10 minutes. He's still so exhausted that I'm going to give him a few more hours until taking him to the vet. The less anxiety we cause him right now, the better.

I was hysterical this morning. I've never been like that. If I hadn't seen him in the corner there (which I could have easily missed), my fiance wouldn't have woken up even by now, I can't imagine what would have happened. And I can't help feeling like it's our fault, if we just closed the stupid door it wouldn't have happened.
post #2 of 21
I'll move it over to the health forum seeing as your baby isn't 100%

I definitely think a vet visit though

Lots of healthy healing coming his way, but keep us updated
post #3 of 21
With these guys you have to have eyes in back of your head and be one step ahead of them at all times and even that wouldn't be enough. It wasn't your fault, no matter how hard you try to prevent something, things happen, especially with thes dare devil kitties. Its good he's going to the Vet. Please keep us updated. Good luck.
post #4 of 21
I agree a trip to the vet just in case he hurt something and needs attention. If you have a vet that is a chiropractor that would be good, but that shouldn't be tried until you are sure there is no other damage. One of my cats twisted it's back and had to have an adjustment, they don't mind.
Good luck
post #5 of 21
Oh no! Your poor baby! I hope he's okay. :-S -hugs-
post #6 of 21
Oh my, that must have been horrible. I hope your kitty is alright. I have to agree with Rosiemac a trip to the vet is in order. I would be especially concerned if the kitty has not urinated.
post #7 of 21
I hope he recovers soon. Poor kitty! Poor you! Keep us updated.
post #8 of 21
OMG how scary for you
post #9 of 21
I am so sorry about your little guy. Vet visit sooner rather than later would be my thought. Precious time could be lost.

If nerves are compressed for a long period of time, they start to die. Similiar to cutting off the blood supply to a part of the body, it starts to die.

Could have damage to part of the spinal cord (it controls more than your legs) that may have damaged the nerves to the bladder or rectum. If he is visiting the litterbox every 10 min, vet asap.

Only a vet can determine if there is any neurological damage.

The longer you wait, the damage could become permanent.

Major that all his problems are temporary.
post #10 of 21
and please get over to the vet sooner than later
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
We just got back from the vet. He's bleeding pretty badly out of his rectum so they gave him a couple different medicines to stop the bleeding, diarrhea, etc, and some antibiotics (not really sure why the antibiotics, but I have to trust the vet). They wanted to do an xray to make sure nothing was torn or punctured in his abdomen, but for $230 for the xray, even the vet admitted that even if they did find something, there probably wouldn't be much they could do about it, and we're on a budget. We skipped the xray but the vet agreed with that decision in the end. She said the bleeding should stop or at least slow down within 24 hours, but to bring him back tomorrow if it doesn't slow at all.

He seems more alert now, but still very lethargic and doesn't want to move much. I really hope the medicine works, it kills me to see him so down and slow.

Thanks for the vibes, everyone
post #12 of 21
I hope he will get better soon. Many many Prayers and for your little boy.
post #13 of 21
What a scary story. Wishing your kitty a smooth and quick recovery Please keep us posted.
post #14 of 21
Sending prayers and vibes that your kitty gets better soon That is so sad - he only wanted to enjoy the box I always feel so bad when kids & kitties get hurt while playing - but as someone else here mentioned, it's almost impossible to keep them wrapped in cotton, esp. the daredevils
post #15 of 21
It's weird the vet would put your cat onto Antibiotics in a case like this; what would the source of infection be? Very strange; it's always good to ask a Vet why they prescribe a particular medication as opposed to just trusting "they're the Vet and they must know!"

If anything, I'd think your kitty could benefit from an ultrasound of the abdomen, which would show if there's been any damage to internal organs and hopefully show the source of the bleeding. If kitty is bleeding like this, that could surely cause some lethargy, I'm surprised they didn't want to keep kitty in the hospital to monitor. Is he peeing now? Please, in the future, should you encounter a situation in which your kitty or any pet appears to have been injured, don't waste precious time trying to deal with it on your own because permanent damage can ensue and often times problems that are treated promptly will greatly help to assist with a good and full recovery. I'll keep your dear kitty in my prayers. If you cannot afford to treat him and his quality of life isn't good and he doesn't seem to be comfortable, please - don't let him suffer. Cats are notorious for hiding their pain so when discomfort is outwardly noted, it's significant Prayers coming your way.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by the_food_lady View Post
It's weird the vet would put your cat onto Antibiotics in a case like this; what would the source of infection be? Very strange; it's always good to ask a Vet why they prescribe a particular medication as opposed to just trusting "they're the Vet and they must know!"

If anything, I'd think your kitty could benefit from an ultrasound of the abdomen, which would show if there's been any damage to internal organs and hopefully show the source of the bleeding. If kitty is bleeding like this, that could surely cause some lethargy, I'm surprised they didn't want to keep kitty in the hospital to monitor. Is he peeing now? Please, in the future, should you encounter a situation in which your kitty or any pet appears to have been injured, don't waste precious time trying to deal with it on your own because permanent damage can ensue and often times problems that are treated promptly will greatly help to assist with a good and full recovery. I'll keep your dear kitty in my prayers. If you cannot afford to treat him and his quality of life isn't good and he doesn't seem to be comfortable, please - don't let him suffer. Cats are notorious for hiding their pain so when discomfort is outwardly noted, it's significant Prayers coming your way.
I agree, an ultrasound would definitely be beneficial! If there's internal bleeding going on and he's having difficulty going to the bathroom and throwing up, you need to know what is causing it. Some of his internal organs may have been crushed.

I completely agree, in the future please don't waste precious time trying to "fix" your cat yourself, you could be making things worse.

Unfortunately, vets are outrageously expensive but talk with your vet, maybe he can agree on a payment plan.

Also if my vet were to say to me, "well even if the X-Ray shows something is wrong, I doubt I can do anything about it" I would be getting a second opinion or asking him to find another vet who can!

I'm so sorry this terrible accident happened to you and your kitty and I hope your baby will be ok! Please keep us posted!
post #17 of 21
I've followed your story, and was wondering how your kitty is doing now? I hope he is better!
post #18 of 21
Oh my!!! Poor Kitty, Poor you!!! I am so glad you found him!
post #19 of 21
how is your kitty doing now?
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
Oops! Sorry all, I've been a little busy. Kuro is still recovering. He's lost a lot of weight (good thing he had some to spare, he was a little chubby), but he's eating a little more everyday and getting more active. I'm actually surprised at how long it's taking him to get better. Looking back, it seems so odd that getting trapped in a box could do so much damage. He has been back to the vet, who couldn't give much advice since he IS doing better, just told us to keep an eye on how much he's eating, etc, and to bring him back if he declines again.
post #21 of 21
Sounds like the cat was probably traumatized from the event. This can lead to stress and thus irregular eating and litter habits.

Once I moved in with a roommate whose cat terrorized my cat all the time leading to bloody stools. I moved, got some meds from the vet and she was all better.

Hopefully time will heal.
Good luck!
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