Pikachew made it successfully through surgery and is now recovering. He has several stitches that expand the length of his lower abdomin and has to wear a cone to prevent licking. I still don't know the results yet on what type of stone it was, but I'm hoping struvite- as struvite stones are the most easily manageable. I have started him on a new prescription cat food, C/D and plan on sticking with it. It's about $10-$20 more a month than my previous type of cat food, but in the long run I'd rather prevent another surgery and pay the extra couple of bucks a month.
The vet agreed to work out a payment plan for me after I got declined for Care Credit. (I have no credit, no credit cards, ect.) She was nice enough to agree to $500 down payment and monthly payments. I told her I could pay at least $150 a month and she seemed shocked! I don't know what people normally will pay for stuff like this, but I plan on getting it paid off as soon as possible. The surgery ended up being a little less than expected, coming out to about $1,950. Of course, he does still have to go back in for a follow up urinalysis and a suture removal which will surely add to the total. Hopefully he'll be free and clear at his next check up.
I still don't know what to do or think about this little guy. I have a little annoying voice not at all in my head telling me I'm making him suffer and to put him down- but when I see him run and fly to the top of the cat tree or hungrily scarf down Pikachew's new food, I can't make up my mind. Today I brought a pebble of C/D to him and he freaked! He started rubbing his face all over my hand, and ate it all super hungrily. He loved it.
He doesn't seem to be suffering at all to me. I feel like it's just being pushed because he hasn't been running around like he used to when he was a kitten. I'm hoping that if I get him back on solid foods and eating more again he will recover enough to make it at least a few more months, but his time probably is coming up sooner than later. I believe that when it is time, I will know. I won't let him suffer and have no intention of doing so, regardless of what Brandon and his family think.
My biggest fear is taking his life away from him too soon.