Al and Peggy's Corner: Today Was A Very Stressful Day...

Today Was A Very Stressful Day...

Today was a very stressful day in the Al and Peggy Cunningham household.  No, not because of the weather.  No, not because of our real estate business.  No, not because of the anticipated men's Olympic hockey game. Today was stressful because the littlest one in our family was diagnosed as critically ill.

The littlest one in our family weighs only 4.3 kg according to the doctor and he is our beloved Siamese cat, Joey.  Anyone who doesn't have a ball of fur in their family just may not understand our feelings, but let us explain.  We spotted little, what we thought were drops of water on the floor, in various spots, only to discover they were pinkish coloured drops of water.  Without, going into detail, we realized that our smallest Siamese was the source and he had a problem.

The vet told us our poor little guy had a 'blockage' in his urinary track and a dangerously enlarged bladder that was life threatening.
  He canceled his other appointments and took our little Joey into surgery immediately.  

Returning home, we found Simon, Joey's brother, sitting in the hall waiting for everyone
and has since been searching the house for his sibling. You see, they have never been separated before. 

Two hours later, we were relieved to be told they had removed the blockage from our little guy and he is resting, albeit with a catheter, and would have to remain under the watchful eyes of a doctor for the next 48 hours.

Yes, its been a stressful day, but now we will sleep well tonight, well maybe not poor Joey.
  

 

 

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Comment balloon 37 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • February 27 2010 08:43PM

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Al & Peggy - Poor Joey & Simon, I hope Joey has a quick recovery!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy -  I'm so glad your little Joey is all right.  They are part of the family and with the stress also comes great joy.  You'll cherish the little monster even more when he returns home!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about your cat.

I know exactly what you mean. I have a set of jet black twin sister kitties. They are inseparable, sleeping together curled so tight I can't tell which body part belongs to who. They play together, roam together, even eat together. They have never been separated, but they are not quite a year. They get upset if ones gets out and the other does not. I can't even imagine what they would do if they were separated for long.

It is stressful to have a sick pet. I have an 11 year old yellow lab and even the thought of anything happening to her would make me sick.

I hope that your sweet thing comes home soon. It is a sad day when a pet is sick and not in your arms.

Good Luck!

Posted by Jerri McCombs, Hendersonville NC Relocation (Hendersonville NC Relocation) over 8 years ago

Thanks Michelle...Joey is so tiny, though we know he can hold his own and the vet says he has a strong heart it was scary.  Currently Simon is staying curled up beside us tightly, guess we are his surrogate brothers!

Susan, can't wait for Joey to get back home, he is our Mr. Cuddles and it seems strange without him, though Simon is trying to do his best to play Mr. Cuddles though he is usually Mr. Inquisitor.

That's exactly how Joey and Simon are Jerri! Simon is crying for Joey now.  It was truly stressful Jerri because we didn't have a clue what was wrong or how to help him.  Even the thought of a catheter in our small little guy is upsetting, but whatever is best, we do!  Good luck to you and your girls.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al & Peggy - Our pets are part of our families and the stress of coping when they are not well can be heart wrenching.  I'm so glad little Joey is recovering and will be back home with you and Simon soon.

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) over 8 years ago

I am so sorry for your little guy.  Those of us who love our pets so much just hurt when they do.  Hope he recovers quickly.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 8 years ago

Thanks Donna, can not tell you how heart wrenching it was. We had no clue anything was wrong and if he hadn't started 'dribbling' we may never had noticed til it was too late, because he was eating and drinking and his usual cuddling, although this morning he didn't push up as tight as normal.

Thanks also Paula, it was the helplessness that we felt. Especially when the doctor said he had to rush him into surgery immediately.  The part that grabbed my heart was when the doctor asked if he could take Joey's little blankie with him....and we couldn't go!      

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy the only pets I have are fish, and that is not the same as having a cat or dog.  But I do know how attached pet lovers get to their pets, so I am happy that your little guy is doing OK.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago

My mom and her boyfriend just had to euthanize their last black cat, so they are now catless until late March.

Glad little Joey is alright and hope he gets home soon. Siblings don't like to be alone.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 8 years ago

My cat had the same thing! He came close to death. And he now has to eat prescription food for the rest of his life. He has a condition that causes crystals, like sand to build up in his bladder. It's from the crap they put in the pet food. So after days in the hospital with a catheter, he had to eat one food for a couple more weeks, to finish flushing out the remaining "crystals", and the food he now eats is for maintenance. It prevents the condition from happening again.

Ironically, (since we have 2 cats, they both have to eat this food) the biggest immediate change we saw was in the other cat. Her fur got shinier and she lost weight, and looked healthier within a couple of weeks! It makes you wonder what the pet food companies are adding to what our poor pets are eating!

=^.^=  Here's to happy kitties!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 8 years ago

It is amazing how we get so attached to those balls of fur isn't it...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Love the picture of Joey. He was such a good little boy while the vet checked him out. I'm SO happy he is going to be okay. Is Simon still searching for Joey?? His picture is so cute too! Keep me posted on any Joey news.

Posted by Anonymous over 8 years ago

Thanks George..we've had fish before and were equally as attached. They were koi, Cito and Cujo..do you recognize those names?

Prunes Ginevra?? Who would have thought?  We just didn't know what was wrong with poor Joey.

Oh that must mean Mom is getting another little kitty cat end of March then? Just remind her to feed it 'good' food!

Joey's diagnosis was exactly the same Lisa, crystals and all!! They did mention Joesy would be on a special diet for awhile. Simon will think he's getting treats LOL!  Lisa, thank you so much for the words of encouragement that both cats will be ok on the food.  Good luck with yours BTW love your cat face

Very much Michael, they are our babies.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al & Peg, pets do take on special lives in the family, like having little kids. It is inevitable that they give us that emotional pull when they are sick because like little kids they can't really tell us what's wrong. Hope she is back in your lives, healthy again soon.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Hi Al & Peggy and Joey and Simon. I understand perfectly and hope that all is well. I felt bad I missed this post. I had to put our old beloved kitty down last winter/spring, and I still miss her. And life with our pooch is a daily struggle to keep the pancreatitis in check. I give him lots of hugs as each day is a gift. Pets are people too, and they are certainly part of our family.

Let us know, please!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy ~ So sorry to hear about Joey's travails. And I can so relate to Simon's concern - I have only one but my parents have two cats and they're immensely concerned about each other.

My brother just went through this same thing with his cat who I ferried to the vets multiple times. After reading online to research Tiger's problem I decided to swith Champ to wet food - he's always been on dry. Luckily he's infinitely adaptable. You do have to wonder about cat food ingredients.  I'm going to investigate organic options. Next thing I know I'll be cooking his meals.

I hope Joey recovers - he's just so sweet and Simon is beautiful too.

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy,

Wishing Joey a very quick recovery.   May he get well and return back to the loving home where he belongs.

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy - I hope that Joey gets well very soon.  It sounds that he is in very good care with your vet.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

I hope Joey makes a quick recovery and continues to bring you joy for many, many years to come. Pets become an important part of our lives and it's hard to handle when they become ill. The best to your entire family!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 8 years ago

Ed the pull on the old heart strings is so strong, because you are so helpless in times like this.   

Sorry for your loss Andrea and hope pooch stays strong for you. Thanks for your concern Andrea.

We do now wonder about these cat foods Liz.  Too much phosporous or something they said. Joes and well Simon too will have to be on special dietary food now.

Thanks Gerry, we just want him home.  Went to visit him and he was looking so small with a bright orange bandages from his paw up to his shoulder holding the tubes in.  He tried to make his way over to our fingers stretched through the cage for his rubbies.  Gave pitiful little meows.  It was hard.

Marc, we think he is in good hands, Northtown Veterinary clinic is reputable in the City.

We do too Wanda...today will be a long day waiting for the test results now...this must be how our clients feel waiting for offer results.  

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy,

Those who don't absolutely think of their pets as part of the the family can't understand the stress that happens when one of them gets sick.

I wish you all the best. I'm sure Joey will be fine and Simon will be very glad to see his brother home.

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

Thanks Pam, we know people without pets think we pet owners are crazy, but they are very much a part of the family and our everyday life. 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Indeed they are.

I've always had pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds and even an iguana named Fluffiggy -  and each and every one of them has enriched my life. We can learn a lot from animals.

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

Thanks so much for the giggles Pam, (well needed) Fluffiggy??? Where did you come up with a name like that? They do enrich your life Pam, can't imagine life without one actually.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Never having an iguana before we were torn between two names. I wanted to call him "Fluffy" for the irony and the kids - who at the time didn't seem to understand irony - wanted to call him Iggy. How boring is that?

So, we compromised and Fluffiggy it was :)

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

That is way too cute...see compromises do work! Haven't heard a better name for an iguana that that!   

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing!  You did have a very tough day!    Cute story about the naming of Fluffiggy, too!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Al & Peggy,

Sorry to hear about Joey.  Hope he gets on the road to wellness soon. 

 

Posted by Chris Minion (O'Brien Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Al & Peggy - Wishing Joey a speedy recovery!  I love all kitties but Siamese cats are my favorite.

Posted by Sharon Richards (Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida) over 8 years ago

Al-Peg-I am so sorry about your cat!!  There is nothing worse than when your animal family member isn't feeling well.  I hope your kitty makes a speedy recovery!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

We know Dagny the name made us laugh.

Chris, he seems to be doing well, but you know, he never seemed to act differently when he was sick, which was the problem!

Before we were allowed to bring them home (they were only 4 weeks old) Sharon, everyone told us we were nuts to get Siamese, but they have been the best. So friendly and true family participants. That's why we went nuts when they whisked the little one into surgery so fast!

Thanks Debra, looks like he is on the mend, and hopefully it doesn't come back!

Thanks everyone for your support it meant the world to us, Joey seems to be doing fine, he's back home and already playing with his brother Simon.  Now if we could just find an easy way to get his medicine in him!     

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Fluffiggy cracked us right up Dagny!

He seems to be doing ok Chris, thanks, but then he seemed fine even when he was sick, which was half the problem!

People warned us against Siamese Sharon, but they have been the best!

Thanks Debra, how's your little one been doing?

Thanks everyone for your support, it meant the world to us.  Joey is home now and already playing with his brother Simon.  Now if only we knew an easy way to give him his medication!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

My kitty is good thank you!  Getting bigger and more loveable!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Glad to hear that Joey is doing better.

I don't know if his medicine is liquid or pill, or if his diet will allow, but Global Pet Foods has a product called Greenies Pill Pockets. They are hollow treats to hide the medicine in and pets love 'em. 

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

Whenever my kitties needs meds, I covered the pill in either butter or cheezwhiz and they slipped right down, no problem.  Good luck!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Glad to hear it Debra! 

Thanks Pam! Gonna go to Global and check it out, we both have tonnes of scratches, little Joey is not impressed with our inadequacies!

Oh have that on hand and Joey loves butter, so will give it a try tonight, thanks Susan!  

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Let us know how it works out for you :)

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

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