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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Wow, I don't even know how long it's been since I've posted here. Work and family has kept me very busy these past few months. Anyway here's the situation...

When I came home from work on Monday, I noticed that Miko had urine on the right/back side of his leg. I washed off the area and observed him for about an hour. During that hour, he would go back and forth from the water fountain and the litter box. He did it about 20 times, and he would only urinate in little droplets. I immediately called the vet and rushed him down to their hospital. When the vet pressed against his bladder, his urine just came gushing out like a waterfall. While Dr. A ran the urine samples, I waited with Miko in the room. Dr. A said he wanted to keep Miko overnight pending the results from the urine test. The next day, he said Miko's white blood cell count was higher than normal and he seemed to have an inflamed bladder. He gave Miko a relaxant to bring the bladder down to a normal size and some antibiotics. At this point, I asked him to do an x-rays and they did. They didn't see any stones or anything else blocking his urinary tract. They kept him overnight again for more observation.

Fast forward to today (Wed), they asked if it was okay to out a catheter in since Miko still wasn't urinating on his own. Of course, I told them they can. He called me back and said that he had very tiny stones in his tract that were not visible during the x-ray. Because of the stones they were unable to put the catheter in. And because he was recovering from the sedation, they were unable to operate on him until tomorrow morning (around 1am). Right now, he's down at the animal hospital and they said he's doing well considering his situation. They've been calling me every hour with updates. On another note, they are concerned about his right hind leg. They think he might have a problem with his nervous system and they are going to run more tests and look into it when they do his surgery tomorrow. I've had Miko since he was 2 months old (he's 10 yrs old now) so I've been beyond emotional these past few days.
My family and I ask that you all pray (and send good vibes) that Miko's surgery will be successful and that he makes a speedy recovery. Thank you in advance!

♥ shanna ♥


post #2 of 29
Oh Shanna, sending many vibes Mikos way!
post #3 of 29
All the very best get well vibes heading your way sweetie. You love your baby-puss and sometimes that's what pulls them through it all. He sounds like a little fighter, I'll be praying for him and you
post #4 of 29
I'll move this to Health and Nutrition
post #5 of 29
Good Vibes & Prayers coming your way!
post #6 of 29
Here's praying your little Miko will make a full recovery. I am glad you didn't waste time deciding to take him to the vet. I have read a lot of posts here and too many times, I feel people dilly dally around when they should be seeking treatment at the vet's office for their cat. Keep us posted. We are all hoping the best for your sweetheart.
post #7 of 29
Lots of good luck vibes headed your way!
post #8 of 29
Just know that we are all praying for you and Miko.
post #9 of 29
Poor Miko. Sending good vibes for a quick recovery for this sweet boy.
post #10 of 29
Get well soon Miko!
post #11 of 29
Good luck and get well, Miko!

And Starlie, you must have an awesome vet clinic if they are willing to call you every hour to update you on your kitty's condition. Good for you! (I know I'd be freaking out, too, so hearing from the vet's office so often would definitely comfort me, and let me know my cats are in good hands!) And, like Bugaboo said, thank you for taking your Miko to the vet so quickly. It breaks my heart every time I read about a kitty suffering while his or her owner dithers about what to do. You've got your head and heart in the right place!
post #12 of 29
It sounds like you have a really good vet looking after his best interests.
I hope the surgery goes well and that there aren't serious problems with his leg.
post #13 of 29
Lots of good health and speedy recovery vibes for Miko.
post #14 of 29
Good luck for you and little Miko -- sending lots of be heathy vibes your way.
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
First of all, THANK YOU to everyone that sent good vibes and prayers.

I am very thankful that the veterinary staff is so good to us. We've been going to them since Miko was 2 months old (he was their 5th patient when they first started the animal hospital). I guess you can say they spoil us a little with all the phone calls. Hehe.

Miko's surgery took 3 hours and he is said to be doing really good. They did not have to go into his bladder to remove stones as they had anticipated. However, they removed the narrow part of his urinary tract so he will be urinating like a female from now on (you should've seen his face when the vet said that in front of him ). We get to visit him tomorrow morning and if he does well during the day (i.e. eating, drinking) then we he can come home later that afternoon. Kionu will be glad, he's been so bummed out since Miko went to the vet.

As for his nervous system, it turns out he has arthritis in his hips. The vet said we caught it at an early stage so medication and treatment will help him so he won't be in any discomfort. Despite his condition, he is still very alert, and purrs all the time.

Again, thank you to everyone we need as much good vibes and prayers that we can get.
post #16 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by starlie
Miko's surgery took 3 hours and he is said to be doing really good. They did not have to go into his bladder to remove stones as they had anticipated. However, they removed the narrow part of his urinary tract so he will be urinating like a female from now on (you should've seen his face when the vet said that in front of him ). We get to visit him tomorrow morning and if he does well during the day (i.e. eating, drinking) then we he can come home later that afternoon. Kionu will be glad, he's been so bummed out since Miko went to the vet.

As for his nervous system, it turns out he has arthritis in his hips. The vet said we caught it at an early stage so medication and treatment will help him so he won't be in any discomfort. Despite his condition, he is still very alert, and purrs all the time.

Again, thank you to everyone we need as much good vibes and prayers that we can get.
so glad to hear he's going to be ok - just saw the thread.
post #17 of 29
Aww, sweet Miko. Glad to hear things are looking up.
post #18 of 29
Continued prayers and well wishes to the beautiful kitty! Hugs to you!
post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
Another update:

Miko did well during the night but during the early morning hours, he took a turn for the worst. Dr. A called me at 7am this morning and said that Miko's urethra was so inflamed that it caused him to block again. They were already prepping him for emergency surgery and they would call me back when Miko was done. During the early afternoon they had called me and said Miko did very well during the surgery and the inflmation has gone down. We went to visit him and despite all he's been through, he purred the whole time. They will be monitoring him for a few more days and hopefully he'll be able to come home on Monday or Tuesday.

We ask that everyone please send more good vibes and pray the worst is over...
post #20 of 29
Poor Miko. He is having a bad time. I do hope he is able to come home soon.
post #21 of 29
Poor Miko!

Shanna, I've just seen this thread. I'm sorry your beautiful Miko is going through such an ordeal. Will be sending lots of continued recovery/good health vibes his way.
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you again to everyone that send vibes and prayers.

Last night, we thought Miko was in the clear. It seems that he's able to urinate up to a few hours after surgery and then he stops. At 6am Dr. A called again to say that they were going to do another emergency surgery and they were already prepping. Apparently, his case is extremely rare to them and it turns out Miko had stones in his system for quite awhile. This information baffled me because he had 2-3 check-ups a year, he urinated normally (until last Monday), he ate and drank normally and was fairly active. He showed no signs of discomfort and had a healthy litterbox routine from what I observed. We are all shocked that he hid it so well.

Anyway, because his stones had been in his system for awhile, they were sort of embedded and made it's way to right below his abdomen. Dr. B (who was the one doing the surgery) came on the phone and explained the procedure. I didn't quite understand the procedure (I was half asleep), but I remember her saying something about moving his urinating area higher (again, I was half asleep so I don't know if actually said that ). Anyway the only major complication from the surgery was that he might dribble sometimes.

Later this afternoon, Dr. B called and said that his surgery was 4 hours long and he was doing fine. They have staff members that will monitor him for the next 12 hours. She said they weren't going to charge me for this surgery or the 2nd one because it's something they were not anticipating. Miko has proven to them that he's a fighter and the entire staff is surprised that he's still in a good mood. He still purrs, never bites, scratches or gives them complications when it's time for his medicine. We actually got to visit him again this afternoon and he looked tired, but still in good spirits. Whew, let's hope he does well for the next 12 hours and makes a speedy recovery.
post #23 of 29
Good news for Miko that they found hte problem and that he is dealing with t he surgery Ok, and good news for you both on his account and on the payments. I do hope he continues to improve.
post #24 of 29
I just read this - poor Miko but I am happy to hear the suregeries went well. I hope he'll be back to himself in no time. Your vet and the ppl there sound wonderful!!
post #25 of 29
How is Miko doing?
post #26 of 29
What a rollercoaster! I hope that Miko is recovering nicely now.
post #27 of 29
I Wish You And Miko Good Luck! I Hope Everything Turns Out Well. Miko Will Stay Stong And All Love And Prayes Are With You. Talk To God And Ask For A Little Extra Love For Miko.
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
4 surgeries and 3 weeks later Miko is doing quite well. He was able to come home last Friday and we have been keeping a close eye on him. Our main focus was to make sure he ate a normal amount of food and used the litter box. He seemed to do well with the litter box, but he didn't want to eat. We had to take him to the hospital from Saturday-Monday so he could get tube fed. This was the only way to give him medication since he wasn't eating on his own. He had another check up yesterday and Dr. B is pleased with his progress. Since Monday night he has been eating about 1/2 - 3/4 of his normal diet and using the litter box normally. He does dribble sometimes but it happens right after he urinates. The dribbling should only last a few more days. He is going back to the vet this Friday to get his stiches taken out and I'm going to see if they can give him a lion cut. Although, that might piss him off even more.

Thank you to everyone who sent vibes and prayers. We're just glad he's home and recovering well.
post #29 of 29
I am so glad to hear Miko is doing so much better!
Give him a for me!
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