- Hi Ruth,
There is nothing wrong with you wanting to be certain what Rigsby condition really is and see if he rebounds.
there was an outdoor cat near me who was injured and I was sure he was going to die - he had an injury on his paw and was limping. I couldn't catch him. I decided I had to make peace with whatever happened. He's a cat I've known for a few years but is not friendly.
He altered his routine for over a week, even with the injury would jump up to a garage and over a fence, and wouldn'tbe around for long periods. I supported him with healthy food and fish oils and water as best I could. Then one day he was around during the day and he has now healed. Now he was not in as serious a situation as Rigsby but the point is that sometimes they will alter their routines.
Sometimes when it's time, I think the cats do seem more peaceful. I think watching how he's doing is best.
I don't know what your financial situation is but did you consider calling (phone consult) Dr. newkirk in New Jersey(U.S.) tho' I'm sure there are some great alternative vet options in the U.K.?
best to you and Rigsby.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jruthaitken" <jruthaitken@...> wrote:
> Another update - the smell from his mouth that I have previously described as something rotting has all but gone....what does that mean? is it just because he hasn't eaten? Was I right all along and it was an infection?
> He is a lot better this afternoon - but still not eating. He is quiet, peaceful almost....very strange.
> --- In email@example.com, "jruthaitken" <jruthaitken@> wrote:
> > update....Since my last post he has got up, had a drink, tried to eat (but failed) and even groomed himself - but the blood is still coming from his mouth. he is sitting in his favourite place in the conservatory - but I have to accept, I think, that he cannot get better and let him go. I talked to the vet who said she could come today but not tomorrow (too busy! - even tough they close at 11am) and I have to make a final decision in the next hour- she is very surprised he is able to drink by himself and to groom.....but she thinks there is virtually no chance those bleeding ulcers will heal.
> > I can hardly bear the pain.....
> > If he cannot get better - i can't see any choice. I talked to her about the difference between animals and humans and our desire to cling to life and she said animals do this too and Rigsby might be one of those animals. He is very determined, as am I but am I going to let that characteristic lead to terrible pain for him?
> > He is alert, looking out of the window at the birds when they fly past....even on vetergesic....God what is wrong with me - why can't I just do this!!!
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jruthaitken" <jruthaitken@> wrote:
> > >
> > > hello all,
> > >
> > > he barely moved after the injections yesterday....only to use the litter tray a few times. I will try to persuade him to eat today and if he does not, I think i will have to call the vet to come out. I cannot let him go without eating another day - it now 8 days.
> > > I have to face up to the fact that he is dying, soon, in days. It is the hardest decision I have ever had to make....never have I loved an animal as I have Rigsby, he is so special..my constant companion and friend who has loved and supported me through terrible things in his short life, always calm, always there..faithful to the last. even now, never a bad mood or swipe, even when I made him bleed by syringe feeding him.
> > >
> > > I don't think he is well enough for the ulcers to heal - I have to let him go.
> > >
> > > I will post again when it is done. As for now, I must summon the courage and then weep until my heart has been drained of all the pain, anguish and anger of the past two and half years. Then I will find the vet who gave him metacam, fobbed me off for almost 4 months and called him nasty when he swiped her for squeezing his kidneys - then sedated for a further month before blood tests were done. such negligence is appalling and has struck him down in the prime of a wonderful, happy healthy life. and it has put me through hell. i thought I had ringworm the other day because one vet said they thought he had it last month. I went to the doctor yesterday and I have cracked, bleeding, burning eczema - stress.
> > > thank you for all your support everyone - I will never forget it and I would never have survived this without you all
> > > Ruth
> > >