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Yet Another Tigger Update

Tigger has been back to Dr. Kevin’s and back home since Mommy last wrote. He seems to be getting another UTI. Dr. Kevin gave him medicine, but he isn’t getting any better.

Mommy says Tigger is giving her more gray hair than her human kittens do. Hmmm, I don’t think that’s good.

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Tigger after returning home from Dr. Kevin’s Saturday morning.

Mommy is supposed to call Dr. Kevin and tell him how Tigger is doing this morning. He goes in 2 weeks for another shot of antibiotic. We don’t know what Dr. Kevin will say when Mommy tells him that Tigger is no better today.

Purrs, Lisa

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Tigger Update – August 3rd.

Yesterday morning Dr. Kevin removed Tigger’s stint. I was able to bring him home about 1:30, after some time passed for Dr. Kevin to make sure everything was going well.

Still groggy from anesthesia, Tigger spent the afternoon on my bed, taking it easy.

Dr. Kevin says that the problem Tigger has that continues to cause him to “block” and be unable to pass urine (a fatal condition if not promptly treated) is something he has never seen before.

Tigger began blocking about a year ago. After numerous trips to get him unblocked, surgery was performed that removed his penis and thus gave him a wider outlet for urine. (Most blockages seem to occur in the narrow penis of kitties.) This surgery is routine for blocking male cats and usually solves the problem.

Not so with Tigger. Now the wall of his urethra is constricting, recreating the very problem the original surgery was supposed to correct.

The next (and probably last) option we have is more surgery to pull down more of his urethra and cut away the damaged portion before reconnecting. This will make him more or less totally incontinent.

And, based of what we’ve seen so far, it may not work.

Dr. Kevin is conferring with other veterinary surgeons to see what their opinions are on our highly unusual cat.  Tigger may be making medical history and helping some other kitty in the future.

My husband and I only want him to get well enough to once again become our great big cuddly baby. A more loving kitty has never existed. Being in pain and sick has caused him to become withdrawn and shy. . . much as it does a human.

This morning, my cuddle-bug was back. I was loved on for a long period of time by my Tigger cat. He feels better and wanted me to know it.

I just hope and pray he continues to be OK, and I pray none of you ever have to deal with a urinary blockage problem in one of your babies.

~ The Kitties Mommy

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Tigger Update – August 1st.

Our boy is spending the weekend in the hospital after having suffered yet another urinary blockage Friday. This time Dr. Kevin implanted a stint to keep his urethra open.  

At last report Tigger was eating and moving around and doing really well.

The drawback to this procedure is that Tigger will be totally incontinent as long as the stint is in place. That may be awhile and will make home care of our big boy a challenge.  Of course, there is the possibility that the stint will be removed before Tigger comes home. I’ll know more tomorrow.

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