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February 10, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
One of my cats is known for destroying every plant and flip-flop he get get his paws on. Unfortunately, that $3 pair of flip-flops got its revenge.
Last weekend, the usually energetic Pepe was not eating and acting lethargic. A possible kitty cold or flu? Looking up symptoms, he could have had anything. A day or two passed, no improvement. So off to the vet we went. Blood tests were all normal and negative for any feline diseases. The vet said he felt a lump in the cat's stomach. Did we notice any toys missing? Actually all the toys end up missing since he bats them under couches, curio cabinets and appliances. As I thought awhile, I started remembering the last flip-flop he demolished. There were pieces of foam everyplace... could he have??
"Wait and see if it passes," the doc said. "And bring him back tomorrow for more fluids."
The next morning, the lump had not moved at all. We were going on Day 5 without the cat eating. It was time for surgery.
"It could be a foreign object, or it could be a tumor," the vet warned. "At that size, it could be affecting the liver and other organs ... If it looks bad, we'll call you and you may decide to just put him down."
Considering this was the one cat that actually liked me (for reasons other than food dispensing) I burst into tears as he was taken down the hall, and his last glance at me was a defiant glare.
Two hours later, my phone rang. "We've recovered a spongy pinkish-red material that was blocking off the entire intestine. But the blood flow is still good, so it went smoothly."
The flip-flop had had its revenge.
I remembered this relief I felt when I had to pick the cat up and pay a hefty bill later that day. That $3 pair of flip-flops was now pushing the $500 mark. Out of all the shoes that cat has destroyed, one pair can finally chalk up a win. But only one. There will be a new ban on flip-flops in our house from now on: we just can't afford those cheap shoes...
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