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What is wrong with Barney?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by BarneyBobCat, Mar 23, 2019.


  1. Quartermass

    Quartermass PetForums Senior

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    Well the good news is you appear to have found a good vet. I hope the scans turn something up though. Poor, poor Barney. And poor you too by the sounds of it you'll be skint by the end.

    Edit : this is just a stab in the dark and it may or may not be true... if you're unable to go through insurance would it impact how much the vet charged you? If they're not going to have to go to the work of justifying costs to insurers and all the hassle that entails might it make a difference? It's a fairly awkward question to have to ask them though, but perhaps sympathy towards your situation might?
     
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  2. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat PetForums Member

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    I have no idea QM, we haven't made it that far - payment discussions start post investigation. TBH, I will claim what I can and just pay the rest - luckily I just got my annual bonus and hadn't decided how to spend the money (or rather the wife - like I get a choice).

    I will be praying they spot something that is easy to treat - I'm going to be a bag of nerves for the next 24hrs
     
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  3. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    I think that's saying he's in pain. Poor Barney. :(
     
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  4. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat PetForums Member

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    This is him now. Lick-e-lix in front of him and he just isn't bothered
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  5. oliviarussian

    oliviarussian Meeoow!

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    Poor lad, I really hope you can get to the bottom of what’s happening with him quickly and start treatment x
     
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  6. chillminx

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    Thank you for the update @BarneyBobCat :) I am glad the vet is a good guy and was very thorough.

    Poor Barney sounds as though he is struggling with pain, bless him. I really do hope the more detailed x-rays/scans show up something that might account for the cause of all his problems.

    Did you get the opportunity to mention to the new vet any of Ceiling Kitty's recent suggestions for possible investigations?

    I am sorry your annual bonus may need to be used to pay for some of Barney's vet treatments. :( But it is a stroke of luck that you have that to fall back on. :)

    I'm keeping up the good vibes and healing thoughts for dear Barney, and sending much sympathy to you and your wife. x
     
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  7. Mrs Funkin

    Mrs Funkin Human mother to Oscar

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    Oh Barney Boo :( We are thinking of you here and hoping more than anything that something is found - at least then you can address what the problem is, rather than just speculating and wondering. As for money? easy come, easy go - at least you have something worthwhile to spend your bonus on, your boy :) Let us know how he is when you get the chance. Gentle chin rub and little head kiss for Barney, chin up and positive thoughts to you and your wife, so stressful xx
     
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  8. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat PetForums Member

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    Thanks for the kind wishes folks.

    @chillminx I went through everything, the vet was super thorough and considered everything I asked. He really didn't want to exclude anything until he had completed the investigational testing tomorrow. But he indicated he "thought" the accidents I mentioned, blood testing, and diet were unlikely causes which aligns with @Ceiling Kitty I think X

    @Mrs Funkin I just spoon-fed him Lick-e-lix which he licked clean. He then actually got up and ate some food too. I gave him a couple of chin rubs which he seemed to enjoy X
     
  9. SbanR

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    @BarneyBobCat the specialist vet sounds a good one. Hope he can identify what's troubling Barney.
    Be sure to let the vet know you're paying, rather than insurance. As QM said, the bill might be a little smaller then.
    Poor Barney, having to undergo more investigations. Hope you get some answers.
     
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  10. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat PetForums Member

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    Thanks @SbanR.

    Barney did manage to go toilet again last night, this time very wet but still had some form to it. He didn't seem to struggle. The vet isn't convinced that he is constipated and I tend to agree - this is a side effect of whatever is wrong. Fingers crossed they spot something today or I just don't know where we go next. He looks very sad today
     
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  11. Calvine

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    @BarneyBobCat: I wish you and Barney all the best for today and hope you get a good outcome. I have one currently who has recurrent gingivitis (despite having seven teeth out two months ago which was intended to help but apparently hasn't :() and it's constantly on my mind - eight vet visits in ten weeks, oh joy! That plus running round Sainsbury's like a soul possessed trying to find something that he finds sufficiently delicious that he will eat it (and then a sinking feeling when his plate is still half-full). I am at the point I will feed him absolutely anything, regardless of whether it is ''good'' for him as I cannot bear to see him hungry; I used to feed him raw, which he enjoyed, but more recently Gourmet Solitaire Beef with Tomato and Spinach is the flavour of the day. Good luck and love to Barney. XX
     
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  12. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat PetForums Member

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    So its very bad news. The x-ray showed Barney had a fractured and collapsed 3rd thoracic vertebrae with suspected compression of the spinal cord. The vet recommended a MRI and CT scan and then surgical correction but this is not guaranteed to work and will cost circa £5k. We are devastated. Both been crying out eyes out.

    He's had this injury for weeks now and this is part of the problem - if this had been highlighted at the time he could have been put on cage rest and given sedatives to minimise his movement. If anyone ever has a cat the climbs and falls - bear this in mind. Barney showed no symptoms for 2 weeks.

    Barney is now getting that cage rest (pet pen) and we have Gabapentin for him to take every 8 hours. We need to see how he copes with this for the next 5 days and then decide what to do next which unfortunately may be him leaving us. I am trying to remain positive and think that through this whole time we have seen glimpses of old Barney so perhaps this injury won't hold him back - but at the back of my head Im thinking we are just prolonging his and our pain.

    Poor lad ran straight to his litter tray when we got in to do a wee - he was so good he didn't go in his carrier all day.

    He is trying his best to escape the pen, climbing the sides and scratching - he isn't happy at all about it. Please don't give me false hope but is this the behaviour of a cat with a broken back that cannot recover?

    Crying as I type this - I don't think Ive cried for about 20 years X
     
  13. Quartermass

    Quartermass PetForums Senior

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    I can't think of anything to say to make you feel better. I'm desperately sorry that it's come out that this is the problem. I also appreciate that you've taken the time to tell us when clearly you'll be heartbroken.
     
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  14. SusieRainbow

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    Oh my, I'm so, so sorry. That's the worst news.
    Praying that there's a way round this.
    My dachshund Reena had a spinal decompression 3 years ago with total recovery,but we were insured.
    Why not consider a Go Fund me page , people can be so generous ? ( If it comes to that of course )
     
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  15. LJC675

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    Oh BBC, such rotten news. I'm afraid I can't offer any insight or advice, but it's making me teary reading this, let alone what it's like for you and Mrs BBC.

    All I can do is send my love and say you are in my thoughts xxxxxxxxxxxxx
     
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  16. Psygon

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    :'(

    Very sorry to read this, was hoping that there was some good news from the specialist.

    Like @Quartermass I'm not sure what I can say that will help with the heartbreak you must be feeling :'(
     
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  17. lymorelynn

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    Oh dear, I am so sorry that it isn't better news for poor Barney. I know how devastated you must be feeling :( I can't offer any help with the prognosis but cats can recover from such injuries.
    As @SusieRainbow suggested, a go-fund me type of page might bring in some funds if your insurance will not cover it.
     
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    Devastated for you and Barney, hope you can work something out x
     
  19. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat PetForums Member

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    Thanks guys. I can't ask others for money with very little guarantee that it will even make a difference. This diagnosis has been made on a X-ray image alone shared with a radiologist - I am hoping the fact that a detailed MRI is required may mean its not 100% accurate. He climbed up he curtains on Sunday - is that the act of a cat with a severe spinal injury?

    He seems fine in his pet pen, he is desperate to get out. I am really struggling to work this out in my head.
     
  20. huckybuck

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    I am gutted to read this.

    I think the fact that he's climbing curtains, trying to get out of his pen and using his tray are all hopeful signs.

    I think it's one of those things where it's best to take a day at a time.

    If you can get him free from pain and resting a bit then that's great and you can see how he goes.

    I second a go fund me/just giving page. I think people would like to help where they can. Perhaps you could take it a stage at a time. In 5 days time consider the MRI/CT scan? Then take it from there. Hopefully surgery won't be needed though.

    Sending lots of healing positive thoughts Barney's way.
     
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