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Hissy... I need some advice

post #1 of 13
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Hi hissy
[This message turned out to be too long to PM so i posted it here]
Hi hissy,
I'm not sure if you've been following the mythie thread, but i was wondering if you could help me out with how her recovery seems to be turning out...

The vet did the skin graft on wednesday.
Since then one side of the wound is healing well, while the other side has gotten an infection. The vet says this is largely due to fecal content as the wound is so near the anus. Now, what i'm concerned about is that today one of the stitches burst, and there was a lot of puss etc.

So the vet released a couple more stitches in that area of the wound and inserted some gauze... to absorb the oozey stuff... they're going to change this twice a day and she's on antibiotic shots...

What gets to me is that... it doesn't seem that we are any farther off from where we started. what i mean by saying this is that, she had tissue necrosis to begin with, and after the skin graft etc, we are still dealing with infected tissue...

I worry that she has ben on anti bios for so long, and i'm also worried that as soon as she comes off it, what's to stop the infection from coming back?

I don't know... I mean there's only so much i can hound my vet before human natyre starts to take it's toll and he gets annoyed. I'm beginning to think that he should have just let the wound heal in stead of doing the skin graft.

She has been stitched up, all the way along the join between hind legs and tummy... and now she has just where the hind legs end and her genitals begin got a large wedge of gauze inserted under the skin...

Somehow, it just doesn't seem right... It doesn't seem right that she is constantly oozing serum either. I don't see how she is supposed to heal when the wound is constantly wet.

Other factors such as her being at the vet for a month... constantly being poked and prodded and uncomfortable... I don't know how much more of this she can take? She's only just a kitten still. We're planning on starting to bring her home for a few hours everyday, just so she's not SO alone, and plus it'll be easier to re-introduce the cats again.

Do you have any experience with this sort of thing? Are there any questions i should be asking the vet? Will she pull through this i sometimes wonder... What happens if the wound just refuses to heal? Can that happen? I just wish we could see the light at the end of tunnel... If you think of anything, please let me know. I'm really at my wits end about this. I feel utterly helpless...

post #2 of 13
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post #3 of 13
Hi, sorry, I just now only saw this.

Honestly, I don't know how to advise you? This is out of my league of understanding. The closest I ever came to experiencing any of this with my cats was with Ripley a few years ago. Someone actually got ahold of her somehow and slit her with surgical percision down the middle of her chest clear to her anus! The only thing that saved her was the fact that they only penetrated to the fat wall and not to the vital organs (though the vet said he could see where they tried!) She didn't have to have skin grafts, just had a ton of stitches, and I didn't move her, instead I asked them to cover her cage, kept bringing her sweaty teeshirts with my scent on them for days on end to give her comfort, but i left her in the vet's office where she could be cared for.

I would suggest you go to that one board I sent you a link to and ask Traci? She would be able to advise you since she deals with stuff like this on a regular basis. I feel so sorry for your poor kitty, I would leave her where she is for now, so they can manage her pain and watch her. If it were me, I wouldn't be bringing this one home for awhile.

Here is the link:

And I will move this to the health forum and hope that Sandie can advise you as well-

Good luck with this to both of you!

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post #4 of 13
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I registered...
unfortunately i'm having some sort of difficulty registering...

but other than that, this is the post i posted on Mythie...
I hope someone here has some info for me.
Thanks Hissy.
post #5 of 13
You did get an answer there- I just checked.
post #6 of 13
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Any thoughts on whether it could be FIP? or could have developed into FIP?

I don't really know that much about FIP at all... Could it be a re-cation to a vaccination?
post #7 of 13
One question- was this kitten recently spayed?
post #8 of 13
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but we're not looking forward to when the time comes either... i think we'll just grin and bear the first few heats... i don't want her to be operated on again any time soon...
post #9 of 13
Don't misunderstand me, I was not telling you to get the poor thing spayed, I was wondering if this might be a spay gone bad is all----
post #10 of 13
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No no... i know you weren't telling me that

I was just thinking out loud as to how I am not looking forward to the time when we will have to spay her... I've been thinking about it to myself, and me and my fiancee, since she's an indoor cat have decided we will put up with the yowling for a few months instead of having her operated on...

No misunderstanding at all

any idea what Pyometra is?
post #11 of 13
Pyometra is an infection of the uterus. Phoenix had this before we adopted her.

post #12 of 13
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Originally posted by Mom of 10 Cats
Pyometra is an infection of the uterus. Phoenix had this before we adopted her.

Mmmm.... I've just read this article. I'll ask the vet about it, but, my gut feeling is that this might not be it... But I will ask him just to be sure.
post #13 of 13
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No fever
No increase in the infection
No peritonitis
No pyometra

the diahrrhea has gotten worse

They did some blood work and didn't find anything...

I'm really just at my wits end... When will this be over and when will we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel?
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