This is Lexa, a 2-year-old kitty who was acting hungry all of the time, but would also vomit whenever she ate. What was also noticeable to her family was that Lexa had not had a bowel movement in quite a while. Her parents tried different foods, thinking she wasn't happy with the food she was eating, but nothing seemed to work. They then decided it was time to take Lexa to the vet.
The vet kept Lexa for a few days, trying different options to help the family keep the cost down, but it was determined they needed to do exploratory surgery—and it’s a good thing that they did. Alexa had eaten some plastic and it was causing a major blockage.
Your kitty’s curiosity may get them into trouble from time to time. A blockage, or what a vet may call a gastrointestinal obstruction, can lead to poor circulation in their bowels, which without treatment can lead to shock, tissue deal, and a life threatening infection. In some cases, a blockage can pass on its own, but in others—like Lexa’s—it can require surgery. Common symptoms that your cat may have an obstruction include:
Lexa comes from a family of six, and her dad had just started a new job, but is working significantly less hours, which has drastically reduced the family’s income. They could not afford this emergency vet visit, but knew that they had to help their cherished kitty. They applied to Fur Kids Foundation, and we were able to help them.
We are happy to report that Lexa is on the med, and her parents now know that they need to keep an eye out for small plastic items that she seems to like!
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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