Monday, March 18, 2013

Pixie Visits the Vet

If you've been following my Facebook and Instagram then you know that Pixie recently had to visit the vet. I wanted to share her story with any readers that might not know all the details.

Let me backtrack a little here: Pixie was already declawed on all four paws before I adopted her 3 years ago. However, when I first got her, I noticed a single claw on her back foot. So I took her to the vet and she told me that it looked like one of her claws had grown back. It looked healthy and as long as Pixie didn't show any signs of pain then it was probably fine to leave alone. Well a couple of weeks ago Pixie had some dried blood on her front paw, and I was worried something was wrong. Pixie was due for an annual check up and a respiratory shot so I figured it was good to bring her in anyway. After the check up the vet found a big hole in Pixie's paw where a claw was growing in. Pixie had been chewing on it so the vet cleaned it really good, gave her an antibiotic shot and a cone to wear so she won't be able to lick it. The vet also suggested Pixie get a dental cleaning because she had really red gums and signs of some bad teeth. So I scheduled another appointment and took my poor cone-head kitty home.


Warning: Possibly squeamish photo after the break.


This was taken after I got Pixie home from the first visit. You can see how the "hole" is up high on top of the paw.



Pixie HATED wearing the cone. Even after I decorated it for her! She had trouble walking, eating and drinking, and using the litter box (which I switched to paper litter so it wouldn't get in her wound). I looked online and found a few "soft cones" for animals. This inflatable round collar was available at Petsmart and Pixie does so much better in it!
Except she dips it in her water sometimes :P



The above pictures were taken after Pixie's second vet visit. She came home very disoriented because they had to put her under to do the dental cleaning and X-rays. Turns out she has Feline Tooth Resorption. They had to pull 6 teeth!!! All of her little bottom front teeth (the ones in-between the two big pointy teeth) and one in the back. She had stitches in her gums, too, so I had to smoosh up her food for the next couple of days. The X-rays showed that all of Pixie's claws were indeed growing back. This is not good news :( The terrible vet that declawed her before I owned her did a botchy job and didn't remove all he was supposed to. This leftover stuff produced new claws that are now growing back in disfigured ways. Pixie's next visit will be to see if the hole she chewed on is healed and maybe she can get back to normal. But if more claws keep growing in and she becomes uncomfortable then my vet might have to declaw her again. I really hope that's not the case, and that Pixie's paws all stay healthy. Her next visit is this Thursday so hopefully it will be good news!


Here you can see where they had to shave her leg for the IV and the other paw is starting to look healthier since she can't lick it.

Pixie wanted me to tell all everyone how thankful she is for the love and wishes!


10 comments:

  1. Aww poor little thing. Glad she is doing better. Hope she doesn't have to get declawed again. :(

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    1. The vet said she shouldn't need to be declawed again for now. That's good news! Hopefully none of them start to grow funky and she'll be fine :)

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  2. Poor Pixie! She looks really cute and happy in the first cone picture you put before the break... the others, not so much.

    I'm not sure how I feel about declawing; I've had cats both with and without claws. But it's really awful that Pixie's first declawing was so horribly done that it's causing her pain and the risk of having to be declawed all over again. I really hope that the nails stay OK and she doesn't need any further surgeries.

    You've inspired me to brush my cats' teeth. I've discovered that one of them really likes having her gums rubbed with my finger. I know, that's gross... I'll get the kitty toothbrush soon. I think she'll like it, and I hope the others do too.

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    1. That's good you are brushing their teeth! I hear they make tuna flavored tooth paste, too

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  3. OMG.. Pixie is adorable. I am so sorry to hear she was in so much pain and glad to hear she is doing better. :) I love the glitter decoration you did on her cone even if she didn't.

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    1. Thank you! She is feeling much better and is back to being a playful, fun kitty.

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  4. OMG she's so lovely! I'm a vet nurse student and she has the cute cone-head I've ever seen!
    <3

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    1. Isn't she the sweetest?? She's so silly, too.

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  5. omg this is heartbreaking! I didn't know they claws could grow back after being declawed. I hope Pixie recovers soon! That cone/donut thing is adorable and such a great invention! My cats always, always manage to shimmy out of the plastic ones. I will remember this if they ever need to wear one again!

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    1. I learned a lot about cats recently, too, lol ... I hope Pixie knows how many people care about her! And if your cat does need a cone again (hopefully not!) then the donut one is the way to go! She was able to eat and drink easier and even lay down better.

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