First of all, happy new year! We hope this year brings blessings to everyone. Happy birthday yesterday to our Missy, and double happiness because Monday was her Gotcha Day anniversary!
No word yet on Watson, but we hope he either comes back on his own or has found a good new home. We keep checking the found ads, hoping he will show up there, but no luck so far.
Now, on with the breaking news:
Miss Marble writes:
I had a very scary New Year's Day! It was snowing on New Year's Eve, so Tigress and I had a lot of fun hopping around, playing hide-and-seek, and all the fun games that we can play in the snow. However, I forgot how cold it can be when it gets dark and there is ice on the ground! At the humans' bedtime on New Year's Day (around 11:30 pm), when they went to make sure we had food, only Tigress came up to the back deck. She has been getting better and better about wanting attention from the humans, but Mommy realized her behavior was exceptional this time. Tigress wouldn't let Mommy close the door, standing up against the door frame and placing her paw inside the door frame, not moving when Mommy started closing the door. Mommy knelt down and Tigress touched noses with her!
My sister may have saved my life by doing that.
As Mommy and Tigress were interacting, I was slowly making my way up to the deck. After they touched noses, I cried out as I jumped up on the deck, because I hurt. Mommy heard me and talked to me, encouraging me to come to her. I did, and walked inside because I knew she could help me. Tigress immediately calmed down and started eating. She knew I would be taken care of, now that I'd made it inside.
Mommy started petting me, then saw my behind. It looked like a bloody mass of exposed muscle! That's actually what it was, too. She called for Daddy, and Mommy Erin came out to see what was going on as well. They all got me into a carrier and rushed me off to the emergency vet. Freya wanted to come, too, but they said she couldn't. She wanted to lick me to take care of me, but they kept her away.
I had a prolapsed rectum, which basically meant part of my intestines were pushed out my anus. No wonder it looked and felt the way it did! There are many reasons why this would happen, so they're not sure why it did in my case. I could've strained too much trying to pass something I ate, or sat on the ice and frozen, then pulled, or other things could have happened. The main thing is, I was able to have emergency surgery on it last night, they pushed things back in where they are supposed to be, and I'm doing well in recovery at the vet now. I will be back home this evening, with three medicines (one for my G.I. tract, a painkiller, and an antibiotic). Thanks to CareCredit, my family was able to get me all the necessary care and support right away. Mommy and Daddy are very grateful that is available and they qualified for it.
All the inside kitties and my sister were concerned that I didn't come home right away, but our purrents let them know what was going on and that I will be back this evening. The inside kitties spent the night purring on or near the humans, and Tigress has been wanting many extra pets (and getting them) plus has been staying close on the deck.