Whitty, the Siamese-x kitten, needs to start acupuncture treatment which is quite costly
See Eslina’s blog: http://eslina.multiply.com/journal/item/100/Whitty_needs_help
TC has already received 3 acupuncture sessions and is responding well
Read about Orange Boy who made a miraculous recovery after only 4 sessions of acupuncture: http://meowies.multiply.com/tag/orange-boy
Penny took in a sick cat several weeks ago. It’s a young tabby (male) called Nick. According to Penny his backside is always wet. sometimes he can’t urinate (he was hospitalized and catheterized before). He goes to the litter-box but sometimes the urine just flows out. What is hard on Penny is cleaning the poo very frequently. He has no control.
One day about a week ago, Penny asked for advise suspecting blockage. We met and the bladder was easily emptied (no blockage)… however his breathing was not normal so we still brought him to the vet.
He was hospitalized one day for observation and the vet suspected FIP. I had been telling Penny to go for acupuncture if it is a spinal cord – nerve injury…but of course with FIP there is no hope.
Today Penny called to say “What if the vet is wrong? I want to give this boy another chance. He is eating well and is lively…running about”
Penny went to see the vet at Mt. Pleasant Hospital for consultation before being referred to Dr. Oh. The vet said there were no FIP symptoms… most likely to be a spinal cord injury at the lower back (he felt a gap), probably due to a fall from height.
So far so good… but unlike my Orange Boy this cat was totally uncooperative… he escaped, pulled out the needles… Dr. Oh tried 3 times then gave up… prescribing Chinese medicine instead.
Not much hope of recovery for Panda… his urine is still dark brown.
I have just totaled up all of Orange Boy’s medical bills.
4 consultations, 1 x-ray, 1 catheterization, various medications, 12 bladder expressions and 4 acupuncture sessions came up to a total of $924,-
The whole amount has been covered by sponsorship! My very kind neighbour M. has paid for almost half of the expenses, then there was J.M. who kindly sponsored twice, the $168.- surplus from Boy Boy’s account were transfered into OB’s account, and sponsorship was also received from CWS and W.K. The total amount of sponsorship was $1.074,-. The $150,-surplus will be used for follow up treatment, if needed.
A big Thank You to all who helped Orange Boy and especially to Dr. Oh whose acupuncture sessions worked such a miracle!
Dr. Oh will be away for a month. He advised me to put a heat pack on his lower back twice a day for 20mins and I will also continue using the electro-magnetic devise. Orange Boy was also checked by the vet today as his tummy was quite bloated…. The vet couldn’t find the cause of it and dewormed him…just in case.
He was not very cooperative during the acupuncture session today…growled a lot.
Well, he is peeing on his own now and it is clearly the result of the acupuncture treatment. His hind legs are also no longer weak and he can now jump onto chairs and tables. Dr. Oh is also confident that he will regain the control of his bowels in time.
The miracle has happened!
On Sunday we saw his previously limp tail moving from side to side and on Monday he held his tail proudly up in the air and he also had his first unassisted pee in 3 weeks!!!
I will be going for the 2nd session tomorrow, kindly sponsored by M.
A big ‘Thank you’ for all who offered their help (sponsorship, reiki treatment, prayers) to Orange Boy… and to R who comes over every day to hold him while I squeeze his bladder… I am getting quite good at it now 😉 and without vegancatsg’s suggestion of acupuncture treatment and telling me about Dr. Oh in the first place, all this would not have been possible.
Did not do the bladder expression last night but brought him again to the clinic this morning. According to the technician there was not much urine this time.
Happiness is… seeing a puddle of pee 🙂
Wish I had a photo of OB with 15 needles stuck all over his body…
I went early and no one else was in the waiting room, so I took OB out of his cage and placed him on newspaper on the floor and actually managed to squeeze his bladder successfully…though not until empty. I let the technician do the rest after the acupuncture session.
Dr. Oh first asked some questions and had a look at the x-ray. He explained that the injury was like a fall from the height of 3rd floor… and that it must have been a really hard kick at the back area.
First 3 needles were inserted at the back of his head ‘to calm him down’, then 4 needles along the spine and 5 more on his lower back (2 on his left side and 3 on the right), one needle each on top and below the anus (to tighten it) and the last one at the tip of the tail.
Electrodes were connected to 4 of the needles at the side of the lower back (2 on each side) and a sort of lamp emitted heat (all over his back)
Orange Boy took it all quite well. Dr. Oh suggested that I come back twice a week for 2 or 3 more sessions, as he will be going away for a month on Oct. 28th. When I asked how many sessions of acupuncture would be needed, he replied that 2 or 3 sessions might be enough to show results.
However at $84 a session, I am unlikely to go back … will try to look for more affordable treatment….
Anna helped me this morning to bring Boy Boy, Orange Boy and Ga-Ga to the vets. First we dropped off Ga-Ga, a female from *30 area 3, at AMK for sterilization then we went to Pet Clinic to have Boy Boy’s stitches removed and also to give Orange Boy his morning ‘squeeze’.
Boy Boy is recovering well and according to the vet, he can be released back in 2 weeks time, which is much earlier than expected.
Two more trips to the vets in the evening, by bicycle this time… first to collect Ga-Ga and then to bring OB for his second squeeze… after I made a halfhearted attempt and got some bite marks from an angry OB. His urine is clear today, no more blood. Will bring him for acupuncture treatment tomorrow…
I have also put up the posters offering reward…. all over the coffee shop, one on each pillar.
The catheter was removed this morning. He still has the bladder infection and was given cranberry extract to acidify his urine.
Orange Boy seems happy to move around on the balcony again and finally being able to groom and scratch himself with that E-collar removed. He will have to take turns with Boy Boy, who still growls at him occasionally.
OB is still unable to pass urine, so R (who is a nurse) came over in the evening to try expressing his bladder. We both tried and failed and had to bring him back to the clinic, where the assistant patiently tried to teach the technique one more time. We will just have to learn it…
The Cat Model showing the meridians and acupuncture points is expected to arrive on the 17th and then we can try to get acupuncture treatment for him.