and man does Kairi have some problems!
Back in november, he had a bladder infection, and when we did an U/S, you could see a sea of crystals in his bladder. He got antibiotics, and felt infinitely better almost immediately. For this I paid 1380.00. Oy. Fast forward to Easter- In the morning, Kairi was harassing me like normal-the whole "Gimme food, gimme treats, turn on the sink faucet for me, pet me and aren't I grand?" business-- we all know that dance.
We went to my MIL's house and returned around 7pm. The boys got undressed and ready for bed, and I went up to see what was going on, and Kairi was lying on the floor, on some clothes (don't get me started on the lack of laundry habits in this room!) and he looked "off". I brought him downstairs, during which he meowed a horrible meow-he's normally pretty silent, and purry, but this sound was BAD. He drank some water, took a treat, and went to lie down on the recliner. So I figured he probably had run himself ragged, or bruised himself while bouncing off of walls (his version of home alone-he runs amok when he thinks nobody's watching) so I went to bed, I was feeling rather lousy since I've been fighting off an ear infection for 5 months, 4 different a/b's, ear drops, etc...)
In the morning, I got up around 4am since I had my poor boy on my mind, and he was hanging out on the couch, on a blanket he loves to knead. I just sat with him for awhile and had my coffee, then figured I'd take him to the litter box, since he didn't seem to move and I had a feeling...He went right in, and squatted, he turned this way and that way for about 10 minutes, and nothing came out. Oh Lord. I knew he was blocked. I tried calling the vet around 6am, and the answering machine was off, so i just waited until they opened, and took him right in. they had to emergency catheterize him, relieve the pressure, and I paid 1900.00 for this. The Vet said he had to stay there until Thursday. My son, Joe, who is Kairi's "boy" was beside himself. I had to lie to my husband about the cost, but whatever-he's my baby, and he needs what he needs.
So, this morning, I called and he's awake and looking good, they still had the catheter in, so I asked if I could come visit him and they said of course I could. So, I picked up Joe from school and we went there. They removed the cath about 15 minutes before we arrived, and Kairi was looking sullen and upset in the corner of the cage. He perked up when he saw Joe and I guess me (probably not) and he went for rubs and groomed himself and drank and ate a little. Then the vet came in and told me he needs to pee on his own, or else he's going to need more surgery. the tech wrote up a quote of 2200.00. I almost fainted. honestly, we should have just done the penis removal yesterday, but I understand that they wanted to try the least invasive procedure first. Now, I still haven't gotten a phone call that he peed on his own, and I'm starting to kind of freak out a little bit. I'd like him to have the surgery, but if it could wait until i have some more money, I'd be eternally grateful to the bladder and urethra Gods. I do have insurance, Thank God, but the check isn't going to come for quite awhile I know.
So this is my story, I'm slightly losing my mind, and I miss my kitty.