Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Hard Day, but Gracie is ok

Today was a hard day for us.  For the last five days Gracie, our cat, has been vomiting through the night keeping us both awake.  I was up about once a hour to clean up the mess and comfort her.  Yesterday she didn't eat or drink at all.  She just sat next to her food and looked sad and tired.  We took her to the vet this morning and they suspected that she had eaten something that she shouldn't have.    They took X-rays and found a long string stuck in her intestine.

She had emergency surgery at Angell Memorial this morning.  We waited all day to hear if she was ok.   At around 5pm, the doctor called to say she was recovering well.  They removed a long elastic string that was stuck all the way from her stomach to her colon.    There was a lot of swelling, so she will have to stay in CCU under 24-hour care until Friday.   (We call CCU the "critical cat unit"). 

We went to visit her for an hour this evening.  She has a long scar down her tummy, an IV in her arm,  a cone around her neck, and is heavily drugged for pain.  She seemed to recognize Maddy and I because she wanted to smell our hands and rub her head against us.   Otherwise, she looks ok.  We are very lucky that we have one of the best animal hospitals in the northeast US just a couple miles from our house.

To all the pet owners out there:  Be careful what you leave in the reach of you cat or dog.  Sometimes they can confuse a coin, a small child's toy, or an elastic band for a toy.    It can be very dangerous if they eat something they shouldn't.

Our house feels empty without her.  We miss her a lot.


Blogger Brody the Bulldog said...

Bah-WOOOooo! I feel your pain.

When it stops raining, I'll howl at the moon for Gracie.
Hope that helps...

Brody the Bulldog

10:50 PM  
Blogger P-Money said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Gracie. Please let her know we all love her very much and her Aunt Penny is pulling for her!

I'm not sure what I could do, but if there is anything, don't hesitate to ask.

9:54 AM  

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