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My Sweet Kitty, Biscuit

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Warning!!! this is long and describes how and why my cat died. More Sweet pictures at the bottom if you want to just jump to that.

I lost my precious kitty cat Biscuit on Monday January 13th, 2020.

Biscuit came home limping in early December 2019. We thought she had just sprained something jumping out of a tree or something. (My cats were indoor / outdoor cats before this happened, they are now strictly indoor cats) We babied her a lot and figured she would be ok in a few days. Well, she seemed to get worse. We didn’t have the money for a vet, I was calling, asking friends, family, you name it. I asked my vet (that I have used for years) if I could make payments or if they would see her without payment. A very loud NO was the response. One vet told me to call the humane society and see if their charity program could help. It COULD! Up to $150. I rushed her over to the vet, they x-rayed her, said no obvious injuries, that she would be fine in a few days. We asked about a raisin sized swelling on her spine – they said it was just soft tissue damage, it would be fine. She was still eating, pooping and peeing at this point (this is important information for later in my story).

Brought our baby home and continued to love on her. All this was on December 16th 2019. We kept thinking that she seemed to be getting worse, but again, no money to take her back, humane society only helps each person once and all family members broke. And the vet said they would not see her without further payment. (this is important later on too) During this time, she was still eating etc, and would still follow me to the bathroom. We of course never let her outside at this point.

Then on January 9th, it happened, she could no longer use her back legs at all. We were devastated and prepared for her to die. We had no money for euthanasia, which or vet said would be $100. So, with very heavy heart, my husband started to prepare himself mentally to do what would need to be done if we thought she was in pain. (Although many people are horrified at the thought, shooting a pet to end it’s misery is a valid, time honored and perfectly legal way (at least here) to put a pet down. We have had to do it in the past (A VERY old dog) and may have to resort to it in the future. - for reference we live in a rural area on a 20 acre farm, you can’t do this in town)

As I don’t usually sleep at night, choosing most days to sleep when the sun comes up, I monitored her through the night, she slept soundly, breathed rough and I actually prayed for God to take her so my husband would not have to shoot her. (She was his favorite cat and he was her favorite human). Around 3 am I heard a noise and looked down beside my chair and the little bugger was crawling to the food dish! I though Wow, maybe she can live! I jumped up, ran a towel under her back end and “walked” her to the food and water bowls a foot away. She ate and drank, was not peeing or pooping though. A quick online search found a vet site that showed how to express her bladder (far, far easier than it sounds) And thought maybe she has a chance, no poop though. The next morning my husband and I start looking for ideas on how to build her a wheelchair if she pulls through. That evening, the man who I got her from called to ask me how she was. (I had texted him when she got bad.) He offers to come by the next day to see her and try to express poop – not as easy as the bladder. Offers to bring her a wheelchair!

Well, on Sunday afternoon, she started to go downhill again and I mean FAST. She would not take water in a dropper or eat although she ate some chicken that morning. When our friend got there we were convinced she was dying, she was so cold to the touch and was shivering so I had a heating pad on her to try to keep her warm. He said he thought she just needed some subcutaneous fluids to perk her up. He knows how to do this so he took her home and gave her some and she also ate some chicken broth. He decide to take her to a vet 40 miles away on Monday morning and pay for it himself. We prayed and waited through the night. The text and then phone call came a little before noon on Monday the 13th. Our most precious baby was dead. The vet had to put her down. You see, the IDIOT that calls himself a vet that she saw the first time, MISSED a bite wound through her spine! That little swelling we worried about, well, that was a blood clot. It kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, until it got big enough to block the blood flow to her legs, bladder and bowels. That is why she could not stand, or poop or pee. The second vet said even at the point the first vet saw her it “might” have been too late but that she probably could have been saved at that point. Took me till Wednesday the 15th to calm down enough to call the first vet and tell them what his incompetence caused. They had the NERVE to tell me that they would have seen her again without payment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told the woman (after figuratively removing God’s hand from my mouth), that she had told me a different story a couple of weeks ago and she denied it!!!!!!!!!! I am still so very angry. I am trying so hard to be a good christian and forgive them like God tells us to, but this is not going to be easy.

Now I know why my little girl was so cold, her little back end was dying from having no blood flow. The second vet said that by Christmas it was already to late for my baby.

I still have my other three babies, Turbo, Poopadupe and Wiki. They are a great comfort right now, but are angry with me because I will not allow them outside anymore. Vet said it looked like a coyote bite. Our neighbor’s son-in-law, and actually our former neighbor, is an avid hunter and says his trail cams have been showing an increase in coyotes in the area, he is going to start hunting them on his next day off.

I am leaving you with a few pictures of my precious Biscuit. She was a little under 2 years old.

in my hubby's arms in happier times
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  • FRANKIE2019
    119 days ago
    Just reading this. So sorry about your Kitty. It is awful. The vet may not know that the secretary told you that. But there is no excuse for the treatment you received and your poor kitty. It makes me made and sad. I hope your other kitties will be OK. Hugs
    121 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    My cats are now inside only cats.I had a feral cat colony , between owls & coyotes the cats are all gone. We also help our fur babies pass over, it is a final act of love. Hugs for you & your hubby.
    126 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I was crying as I read this. My baby Juneau died about a year and half ago and it still hurts. She had diabetes which, while treatable, would have made her life a living hell. She was miserable and suffering. After all the love she gave me, I owed it to her to help her cross the rainbow bridge. I miss her every day.

    I completely understand your anger and pain. Not for the first time do I wish I had a magic wand...
    126 days ago
    I do not blame you at all for being upset. One cannot be an animal-lover (which I am) and NOT be upset. I agree with USMAWIFE. I would make sure that the Powers-that-be would be aware of how you were treated. That was total negligence!!!

    ou have my sympathy.

    128 days ago
    I am so emoticon for your loss

    129 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your kitty. Such a heartbreaking story. I think most of us can relate to the pain of losing a pet. We ended up with 9 pets to take care as a relative moved away and couldn't take care of them. They all lived to old age. We loved them. The one thing that you can depend on is that they will all get sick, injured, or need medical care. It was terribly expensive and time consuming but we took good care of them all until they died. We will not be getting more pets though as we are getting older and don't have the money. You are doing the right thing by not letting your remaining pets outside as it is too dangerous for cats. I hope in the mean time you can come up with a plan for having some money set aside for medical care for the others.
    129 days ago
    So sorry you had to go through this! I know how hard it is paying vet bills. My old dogs are on daily medication and I pick up extra home health clients to pay for it.
    129 days ago
    Big hug from me
    129 days ago
    emoticon I am so sorry for your loss.
    129 days ago
    So sorry.
    129 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know the feeling and have tears in my eyes as we lost our little Chihuahua just about 2 weeks ago with a ruptured spleen and heart disease. MY heart breaks for you.
    129 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so sorry. emoticon
    129 days ago
    So very sorry for your loss and the pain your fur baby had to suffer. emoticon
    129 days ago
    emoticon sorry for your loss
    130 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    So sorry. Such a sweet baby.
    130 days ago
    So heartbreaking. Sorry for your loss. emoticon
    130 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. Biscuit was adorable. Sending you prayers and hugs.
    130 days ago
    So very sorry for your loss. So hard to lose a pet & to lose through sheer incompetence is harder. hugs & many wishes for you.
    130 days ago
    so sorry for your loss of your dear Biscuit. no person or living thing should have to go through anything like that. when i read about you taking her to the humane society vets i thought oh, no! i know what the local humane society vet is like in my area and i wouldn't trust them. unfortunately vets must not take the oath to save animals and treat them no matter what even on small monthly payments.

    i also live in a very rural area and i know what you are saying. unfortunately the neighbors may shoot your pet because it is on their property, but they let theirs run loose and their animal comes in your yard. enough said here.

    i know it is hard to forgive what those vets have done and i know how hard it is to forgive them for letting your fur baby suffer, but we must try to forgive them. all a person can do is pray for them to become more understanding of people who are very limited on funds and they need to not worry about that almighty dollar.
    i'm so fortunately to have a wonderful vet who is so understanding of things like this. he has been in the news several times about treating animals in need. actually there is a humane society from another county that brings their animals there to be vetted. they travel about 50 or more miles to get there.

    will keep you in my prayers with your loss of Biscuit.
    love and (((HUGS))) for you.
    130 days ago
    I am sorry about your loss I know it is hard when you are on a fixed income. We went through something similar with one of our dogs. No body would help her because we didn't have the $$.
    130 days ago
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine your pain and your husbands. I pray God gives you the strength and comfort to forgive and move forward. Once again I am so so sorry!
    130 days ago
  • RENEE7575
    130 days ago
    I am so very sorry for your loss
    130 days ago
    So sorry for the lost of your pet and friend.
    130 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Sorry for your loss. That was heartbreaking to read.
    130 days ago
    emoticon so sorry for your loss. You have every right to be upset at how your vet treated you and her. I would be contacting the local BBB and the association which licenses vets and share your story

    even our fur children deserve the best care

    130 days ago
  • no profile photo CD25449548
    Oh wow I'm so very sorry. There's no words to comfort you right now so please although we may be strangers, we are both cat mummies and therefore please accept a big hug from me emoticon You have every right to be angry and maybe given time that will fade and you can grieve your loss. emoticon
    130 days ago
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