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Old 10-09-2012, 01:50 PM
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I just wanted a little advice from some more experienced cat owners than myself before my cat's appointment this afternoon.

He hasn't been to the vets since he got neutered as a Kitten - up until a couple of weeks ago, he was an indoor cat and apart from the odd pukey day he's been completely healthy. He's now semi outdoor - we keep him & his sister in at night, and they're locked in whenever we're not at home as we're a basement flat with no catflap. They never stray beyond the garden walls - they like to sit on the grass and feel the wind in their whiskers.

Since Friday he's been having real trouble pooping - he keeps going to his litter tray and digging in the garden and squatting, but nothing comes out. He's also been sick quite a lot. Apart from this, he's fine - purry, alert, drinking, eating. I remember when our family cats got really sick and they were hot, floppy little lumps. I think maybe it's a big old hairball - he's long haired and has barely in 3 years coughed up a hairball. But I'm worried so I'm taking him to the vets. His sister is fine - no puking, still pooping.

ANYWAY, sorry, the main thing is: I'm really nervous about the appointment. This is the first time I've taken a potentially sick animal to the vets, and I don't want to be taken for a ride. I am aware that vets can pile on unnecessary tests, medication and injections and we have not got limitless funds, especially as we've recently moved.

He is also not insured. Is it acceptable to stand my ground if the vet tries to do things that aren't necessary for his care? Blood tests should be done during the appointment, am I right? What kind of things would they need to keep him in overnight for?

Sorry if these are stupid questions - I love my cat a lot and want to do whatever it takes to make him well, but I also don't want to waste money! I hope you understand, and that nobody jumps down my throat...
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

Gosh....I haven't really got answers to your questions I'm afraid but didn't want to read and run.

Have you changed his food lately?

They may want to take an xray to check that he hasn't got a blockage.

If the vets suspect it could be something serious then I think they do have a duty of care to not let the cat leave without ruling everything out. I do think that's unlikely in your boys case and hopefully it will be something simple.

Good luck and please do keep us posted. Hopefully someone else will be able to offer better advice.

What time is your appointment?
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

Thank you for your reply! The appointment is at 5:40, I'm at work but really can't concentrate!

I'm assuming they'll want to X-Ray and maybe take some blood tests... the weird thing is that he is still eating and drinking, he'll puke, then he'll run back to his bowl and eat... strange boy. I think a blockage sounds the most likely thing, and at least if it's something that could make him really poorly it will get seen before it gets that bad...
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

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Sorry to hear one of your cats is not very well!
I'm fairly new to owning cats but I have owned several dogs and have been to the vets a few times. I personally don't like going to the vets it fills me with dread and makes me quite anxious. I was a jibbering wreck when I took Romeo for his 1st Vacc and check up.

What I've learnt from going to the vets is:

Write down (if you get anxious/upset like me) what the problem is.. when it started , how long it's been going on for, how the cat has been acting.

I would imagine with something like this they would feel his tummy to see if there's any blockages they can feel - to me this sounds like a blockage or constipation of some sort (but I'm nowhere near an expert). Possibly x-rays to see if there's a blockage they can't feel?

When Diesel my SBT cut one of his pads open the vet immediately said he would need to have it stitched under anesthesia.. this would of cost around 250!!! As I don't have limitless funds AND I don't like the thought of putting him under I asked if there was any other way of sorting it.. they said they could prescribe painkillers, clean it out and bandage it up every 2/3 days so they pad could "grow back"... I choose this option and it worked out to about 180 it healed well and now he is fine.

My point is don't be afraid to ask questions and ask about other options.

I'm sorry I couldn't help very much but good luck!
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

Thank you Auspiciousmind! You may not feel you've given good advice but it's reassuring to know that others feel the way I do.
I've written everything down on your advice - good idea, this way I won't get flustered and forget anything.

I'm willing to make the extra effort at home if there's anything I can do for him, like you did with Diesel!

I'm also a bit worried about getting told off for not taking him to the vets since he was a kitten. But he's been a really healthy boy and I've felt no need.
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

I can understand you being worried - Honestly I have to be one of the most anxious pet owners ever lol .. I was worried about going to the vets with Romeo (Our newest addition) he's from a hoarders so were talking worms, fleas, dirty looking etc.. but it went ok apart from he had a bit of a gassy tummy.

You won't be told off for not going to the vets .. If he hasn't had anything wrong with him there's no reason for him to have gone.. You wouldn't go to the doctors if there wasn't anything wrong with you would you?

I'm glad you've written things down, I know it really helps me.. don't feel scared to ask questions and if you do...(again like me) write anything you think you didn't understand or want to question and give them a call when your calm and ask!

Good luck and don't forget to let us know how it goes!
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Thank you Auspiciousmind! You may not feel you've given good advice but it's reassuring to know that others feel the way I do.
I've written everything down on your advice - good idea, this way I won't get flustered and forget anything.

I'm willing to make the extra effort at home if there's anything I can do for him, like you did with Diesel!

I'm also a bit worried about getting told off for not taking him to the vets since he was a kitten. But he's been a really healthy boy and I've felt no need.
You definitely shouldn't feel anxious about not taking him to the vets since he was a kitten. If you are worried because he hasn't had yearly jabs. Don't be. Some people do opt not to have their pets inoculated after the first round.
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

I think that as your cat can't poop, he will be given an enema first off to see if that sorts the problem. He may be making himself puke as he can't get rid of it out the other end.
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

It's the lack of yearly jabs I'm worrying about. None of the cats our family have owned have ever been jabbed beyond kittens, and they've all lived long and healthy lives.

I think an enema may well be in order - lucky Jupiter! He's going to love me...hope the vet has strong arms, he's a big boy, he's got some Maine coon in him somewhere I think!
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Re: Taking cat to vet - advice

My cats have also only ever had the kitten jabs. When we registered with some new vets all they asked was if they were up to date or not. I said no, and that's all that was said about the matter. I think at most, they will ask you if you want to get them.

If you do, I would wait until the cat is healthy before getting them done.
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