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Old July 10th 06, 06:21 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default Any success treating a cat with a "straddle" blood clot?

My cat while hospitalized for congestive heart failure threw a blood
clot that cut circulation and paralyzed his hind legs.

Has anyone here had a cat with a similar problem that they were able to
treat and help recover from?

Thanks.

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Old July 11th 06, 01:58 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default Any success treating a cat with a "straddle" blood clot?

Yes, I did the same thing (get a big storage box-clear). It is
approximately 16 inches tall by 3 foot long by 18 inches wide. It works
wonderful. My female cat kept peeing over the side of a regular liter box.
Well this kept her tail inside and everything else as well.

If they are little kittens, you can try one with a door and that way you
will have a better chance that it will keep his job inside. Although little
kittens can easily jump over a 16 inch tall liter box. They have so much
energy, there is nothing they can't do.



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My cat while hospitalized for congestive heart failure threw a blood
clot that cut circulation and paralyzed his hind legs.

Has anyone here had a cat with a similar problem that they were able to
treat and help recover from?

Thanks.



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Old July 13th 06, 01:53 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default Any success treating a cat with a "straddle" blood clot?

On 10 Jul 2006 10:21:37 -0700, wrote:

My cat while hospitalized for congestive heart failure threw a blood
clot that cut circulation and paralyzed his hind legs.

Has anyone here had a cat with a similar problem that they were able to
treat and help recover from?

Thanks.


I was sick and missed this. One of my cats had this. I found him
unable to walk; somehow during the night he had dragged himself down
the steps and was hiding in a box.

I took him to the specialty vet and they figured that he had about a
50% chance of making it, so I told them to start treating him. But
they did an ultrasound of his heart and found that there were more
clots ready to come out and that they thought that it was pointless to
continue treatment, so we euthanized him.

It can be treated but the cause is the underlying heart condition. If
that can be treated, then it's possibly worth doing. That is,
depending on several factors including your financial situation. I
hate to mention that, since it sounds crass, but spending $2000 to
keep a cat alive for a few months, likely in a debilitated condition,
isn't necessarily a good move.

I think it cost me $1500 just for the two days that they woirked on
LuckyBoy. I spent well over $4000 on Nico (lymphoma) and he lived six
months. I think that both were a mistake and I'll give great thought
before doing what are really heroic measures the next time.

Part of the problem is that we just don't know how much they are
suffering. And being scared and in a hospital counts as suffering.
They don't know why they're there, only that you aren't there and that
they are in a strange place. When I went to get Nico after four days
in the hospital he clung to me with his claws, and ripped his paws
trying to get out of the carrier in the car ride home. I finally let
him sit in my lap while driving on the Long Island Expressway. He was
leaking liquid pop into my crotch.

No one gets out of here alive. The only question is when, how, and the
quality of life while alive. Since our cats can't tell us how much
they're suffering, we just have to do the best that we can. Good luck
and let us know how it goes.
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Old July 13th 06, 06:21 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default Any success treating a cat with a "straddle" blood clot?


dgk wrote:
On 10 Jul 2006 10:21:37 -0700, wrote:

My cat while hospitalized for congestive heart failure threw a blood
clot that cut circulation and paralyzed his hind legs.

Has anyone here had a cat with a similar problem that they were able to
treat and help recover from?

Thanks.


I was sick and missed this. One of my cats had this. I found him
unable to walk; somehow during the night he had dragged himself down
the steps and was hiding in a box.

I took him to the specialty vet and they figured that he had about a
50% chance of making it, so I told them to start treating him. But
they did an ultrasound of his heart and found that there were more
clots ready to come out and that they thought that it was pointless to
continue treatment, so we euthanized him.

It can be treated but the cause is the underlying heart condition. If
that can be treated, then it's possibly worth doing. That is,
depending on several factors including your financial situation. I
hate to mention that, since it sounds crass, but spending $2000 to
keep a cat alive for a few months, likely in a debilitated condition,
isn't necessarily a good move.

I think it cost me $1500 just for the two days that they woirked on
LuckyBoy. I spent well over $4000 on Nico (lymphoma) and he lived six
months. I think that both were a mistake and I'll give great thought
before doing what are really heroic measures the next time.

Part of the problem is that we just don't know how much they are
suffering. And being scared and in a hospital counts as suffering.
They don't know why they're there, only that you aren't there and that
they are in a strange place. When I went to get Nico after four days
in the hospital he clung to me with his claws, and ripped his paws
trying to get out of the carrier in the car ride home. I finally let
him sit in my lap while driving on the Long Island Expressway. He was
leaking liquid pop into my crotch.

No one gets out of here alive. The only question is when, how, and the
quality of life while alive. Since our cats can't tell us how much
they're suffering, we just have to do the best that we can. Good luck
and let us know how it goes.


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Old July 13th 06, 06:35 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default Any success treating a cat with a "straddle" blood clot?

Sad to say I euthanized. Given the concurrent congestive heart failure
that they were balancing against while giving him glucose to keep his
blood sugar at survivable levels, the critical care vet said she
expected him to die in a day or two. She recommended euthanasia saying
all it would do is end a few hours of anxiety and pain. I was very
reluctant never having done something so final as that. I asked to
bring him home so at least he could die outside on the porch where he
loved to be but I was worried he wouldn't survive the car ride and his
last moments would be stuck in awful rush hour traffic so I ultimately
agreed to euthanize there.

He was pretty out of it but gave me a final weak rub with his head
which made me desperately want to call the thing off. The vet was
experienced but I'd be lying if I said I don't have doubts about
whether she was mistaken about his chance for recovery and am haunted
by fears I unnecessarily cut his life short. My first time dealing
with this. What a brutal decision to have to make and thing to
experience.

I know death is inevitable and with the underlying heart disease and
risk of future clots his life span probably wouldn't have been very
long even best case scenario. But damn if I don't worry that I made a
horrible mistake.


dgk wrote:
On 10 Jul 2006 10:21:37 -0700, wrote:

My cat while hospitalized for congestive heart failure threw a blood
clot that cut circulation and paralyzed his hind legs.

Has anyone here had a cat with a similar problem that they were able to
treat and help recover from?

Thanks.


I was sick and missed this. One of my cats had this. I found him
unable to walk; somehow during the night he had dragged himself down
the steps and was hiding in a box.

I took him to the specialty vet and they figured that he had about a
50% chance of making it, so I told them to start treating him. But
they did an ultrasound of his heart and found that there were more
clots ready to come out and that they thought that it was pointless to
continue treatment, so we euthanized him.

It can be treated but the cause is the underlying heart condition. If
that can be treated, then it's possibly worth doing. That is,
depending on several factors including your financial situation. I
hate to mention that, since it sounds crass, but spending $2000 to
keep a cat alive for a few months, likely in a debilitated condition,
isn't necessarily a good move.

I think it cost me $1500 just for the two days that they woirked on
LuckyBoy. I spent well over $4000 on Nico (lymphoma) and he lived six
months. I think that both were a mistake and I'll give great thought
before doing what are really heroic measures the next time.

Part of the problem is that we just don't know how much they are
suffering. And being scared and in a hospital counts as suffering.
They don't know why they're there, only that you aren't there and that
they are in a strange place. When I went to get Nico after four days
in the hospital he clung to me with his claws, and ripped his paws
trying to get out of the carrier in the car ride home. I finally let
him sit in my lap while driving on the Long Island Expressway. He was
leaking liquid pop into my crotch.

No one gets out of here alive. The only question is when, how, and the
quality of life while alive. Since our cats can't tell us how much
they're suffering, we just have to do the best that we can. Good luck
and let us know how it goes.


 




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