Where to leave the cat
- I wanted to respond to the questions about where to leave the cat when away,
because I have dealt with this issue so much, just in terms of going to work.
I just want to share my personal experience on this issue and want to say
that while I have developed some strong opinions about it, what I have decided is
best for Monkey isn't necessarily what would be right for anyone else's
cat....but my information/thought process might help someone else.
As I've said, but the new people don't know, I work for a vet. So, when
Monkey first had her saddle thrombosis, she came to work with me every day. At
first it seemed like the best place for her...if she got into crisis, she would
have a vet readily available. Even though I work in the front, not the back,
there would hopefully be someone to hear her if she threw a painful clot. I
could look in on her when I had time and spend lunch hour with her. And, not
to sound crass, but if she needed euthanasia, we would be right there at the
As I say, in the beginning, it seemed best for her to be at work with me.
After a couple weeks, probably coinciding with when she started to feel better
(when circulation returned to that second rear leg), she responded negatively
to being at work.....consistently hiding under a towel, not eating all day, and
fighting me in the morning to get into the crate.
After about a week of this, I (terrified) took the plunge to try to leave her
home more, at least on days my boyfriend is home for part of the day. She is
mostly staying home now and is much less stressed and eating more. When no
one is home, she stays in a crate, to avoid her harming that leg that still
isn't working properly.
She only comes to work with me now if my boyfriend is going to be gone for a
real long time, or if she has an appointment in town. It's been really,
really hard for me to leave her at home, but I do think she is a lot happier and
Would I leave her at work to board if I had to travel? I cannot fathom it,
honestly, even though I know she would get excellent care from my coworkers.
I would do it if it were my last option. My first choice would be to just not
leave home myself if at all possible. My second choice would be to bring her
with me (altho not anytime soon with her current problems). If I really had
to leave without her, I would train my boyfriend to give her injections (he
can already give pills). A pet sitter is not a likely option, since I live in
the country out of their range. As a last resort, I would leave her at work,
but I would worry terribly about her being alone at night, probably because
each time she has thrown a clot it has been during the night. But in all
honesty, I didn't know about either clot till the a.m. I guess I just worry about a
real painful one.
One thing to consider in thinking about leaving a cat at the vets is how is
it set up at the vets. Are the cats and dogs kept separately? Where I work,
we don't currently have separate rooms for the dogs and the cats, so Monkey has
to listen to the dogs during the day. Sometimes a real barker has been there
for long periods (days) and that probably has been part of what has bothered
Monkey. Also, some dogs make some real strange noises when coming out of
anesthesia that can be disturbing to her.
Again, I am just sharing my personal experience in hopes that having more
information to think about might be helpful to someone.
- I just wanted to respond to Meredith's post, because it's been on my
mind a lot.
I mostly don't have to be away for very long, because I'm retired, and
only go out for a few hours at a time. And many times, I go to cat
shows, where I could bring Tata along -- she's been in the show-hall
before and acts very comfortable there. The cages are large enough for
food, water, cat box, fluffy bed and room to stretch. I used to show
her, but will not do so any more.
I'm lucky that my vet is a cat-only practice, so there would be no
stress from barking dogs, and I COULD board Tata there if I'm going to
a cat-unfriendly environment. I could also board her with friends, who
know how to pill her and who love her, and which would be less
expensive, but it still brings up questions. Meredith said that when
her cat threw a clot, they were able to clear it up, and function
returned to the rear legs. Is there a time-frame during which that is
possible, and after which recovery becomes unlikely?
I'm adjusting to the new reality of Tata's illness, and she's been
cooperative when I have to pill her, but I'm still VERY scared of clots
and breathing crises -- so far, she seems to be adjusting well, and is
showing more energy than she did before treatment. I DO have to get on
with my life, but still feeling very fragile.
Natalie ._c- who has appreciated ALL the notes and information people
- Hey Natalie, Good to see you here. It's one of the most informative
groups on yahoo.
Are you giving Tata anything to *prevent* clots? Something like
aspirin every few days, or another anticoagulant medication? I've seen
information on natto here (and even recommended a friend look into it
for her mother) - how open is your vet to "new age" or less main stream
When both my husband and I are out of town, we have a vet tech come in
to cat sit. She comes in twice a day, feeds, waters, scoops boxes and
gives any medication necessary. We have a full-blown cattery, so it's
pretty extensive, therefore somewhat expensive. But it works - and
absent a few issues from time to time - I'm pretty happy with the
I know you live in Reno, so altitude is another issue with Tata. Check
the archives about methods for building your own oxygen chamber from a
cat carrier, tape and an airplane oxygen concentrator (available
cheaply on EBay). Don't forget to give yourself a hit now and then
too! ;) Deep Breaths!
I know you're feeling very fragile now. It's natural. Realize that
she is in *less* danger NOW than she was in the days before you
discovered her problems. You now know that there is a problem - but
things are really better than they were when you didn't know. So -
take another deep breath, and know that there is a world of experience
here to help you!
On May 1, 2005, at 10:24 PM, Natalie A.Sera wrote:
> I just wanted to respond to Meredith's post, because it's been on my
> mind a lot.
> I mostly don't have to be away for very long, because I'm retired, and
> only go out for a few hours at a time. And many times, I go to cat
> shows, where I could bring Tata along -- she's been in the show-hall
> before and acts very comfortable there. The cages are large enough for
> food, water, cat box, fluffy bed and room to stretch. I used to show
> her, but will not do so any more.
> I'm lucky that my vet is a cat-only practice, so there would be no
> stress from barking dogs, and I COULD board Tata there if I'm going to
> a cat-unfriendly environment. I could also board her with friends, who
> know how to pill her and who love her, and which would be less
> expensive, but it still brings up questions. Meredith said that when
> her cat threw a clot, they were able to clear it up, and function
> returned to the rear legs. Is there a time-frame during which that is
> possible, and after which recovery becomes unlikely?
> I'm adjusting to the new reality of Tata's illness, and she's been
> cooperative when I have to pill her, but I'm still VERY scared of clots
> and breathing crises -- so far, she seems to be adjusting well, and is
> showing more energy than she did before treatment. I DO have to get on
> with my life, but still feeling very fragile.
> Natalie ._c- who has appreciated ALL the notes and information people
> have sent!
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