Samson a little setback

(28 Posts)
EnlightenedOwl Wed 16-Apr-14 23:03:36

We took him to the vet tonight to get his second vaccination. Whilst there mentioned we had noticed he seemed a bit ungainly and lacked some power behind. The vet palpated his hips and he had a strong pain reaction. We are wondering about a possible old injury? The vet is going to do some x rays to see if there is anything there.
The problem is he is within the initial exclusion period so we can't claim on insurance.
However we can fund the x rays so will do this and take things from there.
the xrays will be done on Wednesday - will update

cozietoesie Wed 16-Apr-14 23:12:33

Poor Samson. Best of luck to the boy.

timtam23 Thu 17-Apr-14 21:01:57

Oh no poor Samson! Although if there is something wrong he is lucky to have found you - it would only have got worse as a stray.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 17-Apr-14 21:22:37

How old do they think Samson is?

cozietoesie Thu 17-Apr-14 21:25:30

I've a feeling that he's about 3?

HotCrossCervix Thu 17-Apr-14 21:26:06

Poor Samson. Does he look uncomfortable orally? Like when he jumps up and stuff?

HotCrossCervix Thu 17-Apr-14 21:26:36

Normally nor orally. Obv.

HotCrossCervix Thu 17-Apr-14 21:27:30

Ignore me you've noticed he is ungainly.

Poor boy.

cozietoesie Thu 17-Apr-14 21:28:07

grin That threw me for a second I must admit - until I realized what you would have meant.

EnlightenedOwl Sat 19-Apr-14 17:35:44

Vet thinks about three - probably about right.
Its almost like he lacks a bit of gear in his backside. So whilst a cat jumps up he sort of scrambles up. Which at first we just thought he's a clumsy so and so but then when the vet prodded around his hip he really hissed as if to say that hurt.
Other than that he's fine. Walks normally can trot/ run and sit with feet tucked up underneath him. But its worth having the xrays done as then we know if there is anything there which may start to trouble him later and we should keep an eye on. Also can get his microchip done while he's under anaesthetic so minimising any distress for him.
It may be there's nothing there at all and he is just a clumsy cat but we need to be sure.

cozietoesie Sat 19-Apr-14 17:42:13

I think you're right to have it checked. It almost sounds as if he has some hip problem such as a badly mended bone fracture from an accident while he was on the lam. Whatever - at least you'll know. Poor lad.

EnlightenedOwl Mon 21-Apr-14 10:47:32

Are we mad?
Had a little chat with my brother yesterday (we share a house long story!)
Neither of us are rich - make enough every month to pay bills and have something over.
But we have said if Sam needs something to put him right we will spend some money on him if it definitely cures the problem up to a maximum of £500 - so say £250 apiece - we both have rainy day money.
But this is a stray cat we have taken in - are we totally mad to chuck money at him? Trying to get perspective here!
And of course x rays may come back totally normal and we are just anticipating the worst - as usual!

cozietoesie Mon 21-Apr-14 11:23:40

No, you're not in the least mad. This is a fellow creature who might be in pain or discomfort.

And in any case, he's not 'a stray we have taken in'. He's the glorious Samson isn't he?

smile

cozietoesie Mon 21-Apr-14 11:24:38

PS - I think we all need the latest pic to cheer up our morning.

smile

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 21-Apr-14 11:29:11

I don't think it's mad, the difference between a chosen pet and a stray is that the strays had something go very wrong in its life.

EnlightenedOwl Mon 21-Apr-14 11:37:25

Going to have to stop calling him a stray aren't I? He's been on my knee all morning - we fell asleep on the sofa (Jasper my other one is asleep upstairs so no jealousy)
Can't believe I've not posted this pic its hilarious!

cozietoesie Mon 21-Apr-14 11:41:54

Oh he's wonderful - what a grin! grin

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 21-Apr-14 11:42:14

I love his cheek pouches. Properly cobby face.

EnlightenedOwl Mon 21-Apr-14 11:51:29

he's just made me get a bit emotional. He's laid on me and looked up at me and whilst it sounds a bit mad it was like he was saying thank you. He really does seem to appreciate the help he's had.

cozietoesie Mon 21-Apr-14 11:52:48

I'm not surprised. He looks happy as happy there - a great photo.

timtam23 Mon 21-Apr-14 18:11:01

He is so lovely and I wouldn't even question spending money on him - vets' bills do rack up pretty quickly. Imagine him trying to struggle on & fend for himself as a stray with a hip problem - he wouldn't manage at all well in the long term. He must be thanking his lucky stars that you've given him a loving home!

EnlightenedOwl Wed 23-Apr-14 19:51:51

He's home. There is an abnormality probably an old injury of some sort - pretty hard to tell. He may need pain relief now and again if it troubles him, a bit of physio maybe..but nothing too troublesome. also may cause early onset arthritis in years to come. Good news

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 23-Apr-14 19:53:47

He'll need a nice hot water bottle to lie on when it's playing him up.

How are they getting on?

AtYourCervix Wed 23-Apr-14 19:55:46

very good news.

dear Samson

cozietoesie Wed 23-Apr-14 19:59:25

That's better news because I think arthritis can be pretty well managed with meds. (And have a look at the thread about Green Mussel extract - it seems to be working with my old boy.) Has the vet given him anything for necessary use together with advice on administering it?

Just imagine if no-one had taken him in and he was stuck out there through a few winters, gammy leg and unneutered so having to fight for his scraps. No wonder he's smiling!

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