Hi, I'm KD and I run Four Urban Paws Sanctuary in Ohio. We are a nonprofit 501c3 cat microsanctuary for senior and bonded pair cats. We currently have 8-lifetime residents.
In the middle of the night on 12/5, one of our residents, Mister, was having trouble urinating. We took him to an emergency veterinarian (Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital) where he was evaluated. During his visit, he had x-rays, bloodwork, urinalysis, and a catheter placed to drain his bladder to see if there was an obstruction. While some grit was present, he wasn't obstructed and received care to have his system flushed. He was sent home with three different medications and instructions to watch him closely.
On 12/6 Mister was taken back to the emergency hospital because he still wasn't urinating. In addition, he was acting abnormally scared and hunkered very low to the ground. He was examined and his vitals seemed normal and didn't present with any blockage in his urinary tract. So, he was given fluids and sent home for further observation. We were advised if he didn't pee at home by 7pm then we would need to return and Mister would have to be admitted for a three-day stay to flush & monitor his urinary system.
Throughout the day Mister still did not urinate at home. He also acted scared and hid under the bed most of the day. During this time he still seemed to drag his hind end. Finally, at 7pm, we took him back to the hospital to be admitted. At that time, he did not present as a cat with a blockage. His vital signs were normal, his bladder was the appropriate size and softness. He was admitted for overnight observation. At 4am, Mister finally urinated. In the morning, he had an examination with the vet and it was determined he could return home and continue his medications.
We picked him up and brought him home. When we went to release him from his carrier, he came out still dragging his hind end. I contacted the hospital and was advised to bring him back immediately. I did.
Mister was reevaluated. He was dragging his back legs and also displaying discomfort when examining his spine. We were advised that he needed to see a neurologist right away. Luckily, there is a neurology department at the hospital. Working with the emergency room doctor we were able to get Mister an evaluation with a specialist.
It's not great news.
He was diagnosed with Ambulatory grade II paraparesis and atax with depressed withdrawal reflexes, pelvic limbs; consistent with a T3-caudal localization. Basically, he is unable to use his back legs.
The neurological specialist recommended:
Bloodwork, Radiographs, MRI, CSF analysis, FeLV/FIV titers test, and a Toxoplasma titers test
These tests will help determine why Mister is having pain in his spine which is causing his lameness.
At this visit, we did the FeLV/FIV + Toxoplasma titers tests today. Mister is FeLV/FIV negative. We won’t have the other results until next week.
While it’s unknown at this time what is causing Mister’s pain, we were given two possibilities: One is Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) which is uncommon but possible. It basically means he could have slipped or herniated a disc.
The second possibility is much worse, it could be cancer in the spine. The only way to determine if it is cancer is to have an MRI.
At this time, Mister was given a series of medications to help keep him comfortable which include anti-inflammatories, steroids, and pain medication.
The next few days are important. If he improves with isolation, limited movements, and medications then it most likely is a slipped disc.
If not, it’s more serious and an MRI is needed. If it is discovered that Mister has cancer, surgery or chemotherapy might be required.
Mister’s medical bills to date are:
12/7: $382.34 (first visit)
We also purchased the following to keep Mister isolated and restrict his movement:
One 48” cage
One pet bed to fit inside
Three disposable flat-style litter pans for cats who cannot climb into regular pans
One pack of 50 pet pee pads
This came to $160 at PetsMart.
I was quoted $2,000 - $3,500 for the MRI and neurologist follow-up.
We are humbly asking for any help with these costs, and in particular, the MRI follow-up.
Misters Rescue Story:
Mister was born at Four Urban Paws Sanctuary. He is one of three siblings born to a mother who was rescued and brought to our sanctuary. They’ve lived here for the past six years and are a very tight-knit group. They eat, play, and sleep together.
His favorites are playing fetch with his yarn ball and snuggling with his sister Maple Toast. His dislikes are feeling poopy.
Mister is a happy, loving boy who deserves the very best healthcare that I can provide him. Please consider donating or sharing this campaign so we can return him to his happy self again.