Lizzy doing well, despite incompetent vet attention


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Lizzy on 31 May, during our visit. Full of verve, love, and mirth.

She has some SERIOUS filling out to do, but even so, she’s already looking fat compared to her first week at the cattery.

We were worried about Lizzy’s health as we said here. As promised, here’s the chronology of her encounter with the vet who sterilised her and the aftermath:

April 10
Lizzy was kitnapped and prepped for removal into foster care. Along with her, Ryan was also kitnapped, but as he was an established semi-pet cat, he was to be demojoed and returned.

April 11
Ryan is returned. I did not mention our concern with the possible botch-up for Lizzy here as we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just a miscommunication. But apparently, despite leaving notes on their separate carriers with their description, what’s to be done for each, and talking to the new pet-transport guy we’re trying out (as he’s working with the new vet we were recommended), Lizzy has been sterilised and tipped ear. All we wanted was for her to be checked, dewormed and vaccinated. In case anyone wonders, it’s the same vet who was April’s first consultation).

April 12
Foster Mum called with a Lizzy update. She sounded displeased that Lizzy’s been sterilised. She thought we had instructed the vet to do so. We were of course unhappy that the vet and the transport guy made it sound like we did. Lizzy is not our first skinny cat rescue – we know better than to sterilise a skinny cat without observing or checking her for her health status. This could be a matter of life and death!

April 14
Still disbelieving that a vet would go ahead and sterilise such a scrawny cat, we made a beeline for Lizzy when we reached the cattery.

These pictures belie the truth of how SCRAWNY Lizzy was, but they’re the best I managed.

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Literally skin touching bones. I could ‘clamp’ her with a 1.5inch airspace between my finger and thumb.

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Sunken sides…you could use her hollow sides for a cup. IF she stayed still while it rains, it could make a decent puddle right there.

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Bothered by the stitches. Lizzy kept worrying at them, much more so than a cat’s who’s had her sterilisation 4 days ago should.

Vid: Lizzy worrying at her stitches. Rough and messy, they did not look like the professional stitching expected of a vet

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Despite her questionable health status and the worry about her stitches, she sort of set our mind at ease with her full-bodied demands for attention. That she was still infinitely interested to have human company was quite a good sign we thought.

Vid: Lizzy demanding for and showing how to give affection

April 15
Foster Mum called. Lizzy’s running a fever, her surgical wound is not only bleeding, the stitches has bursted! I asked someone who was going to visit later to take a picture. This picture is off a camera phone with low-res capability only and the bleeding has already been staved, the wound cleaned and applied with anti-septic medication. But still, check out the gape!

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May 31
1.5 months since the botched sterilisation job. Lizzy doing well today, seemingly recovered and none the worse for wear. All that’s needed is for her to fatten up a bit more to look like a cat used to a roof over her head and the leisure of being served regular meals. She is one lucky girl. And we hope she will find a good home soon. Now for the fattening up prepping.

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Never been happier to see a fuzzy tumtum.

Fellow victims
Was Lizzy’s case an unlucky fluke? I wish it was, but look at her fellow kitty victims who had been under the ministrations of the same vet, during the same period. Compared to them, Lizzy is very lucky indeed.

  • Gemma. Blog post chronology: 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6. All posts.
  • Spicy. Blog post chronology: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. All posts. There is no direct description but we understand Spicy was first sent to the vet, who wrapped his injured limb in steel plated despite the fact that Spicy’s leg bone was not broken and that wrapping the injury site actually aggravated his injury which should have been left open to promote blood circulation. Because of the wrappings, the chances for saving Spicy’s leg was FURTHER aggravated.
  • Ta-Ru. Blog post chronology: 1, 2, 3, 4. All posts.
  • Twinkle. Blog post chronology: 1, 2, 3. All posts. There is no direct description but but we understand Twinkle was first sent to the vet, who mistreated his condition and refused to consider the possibility of other causes despite questions and requests for tests to be done. Twinkle’s life was saved because he was sent to another vet for a second opinion. The second vet did tests and confirmed him to be a poisoning victim, not just a kitty with simple upset tumtum and runs.

The experience has certainly jaundiced our eyes even more about the type of unprofessionalism that could be out there.

On 18 Apr, the vet’s pet transport called, purportedly to clarify any misunderstanding. Never did we imagine there to be a surreptitous motive. We were fuming when we talked to Foster Mum and some others later to find that he claimed we agreed that we had told him to sterilise Lizzy regardless. Another unfathomable happenstance was that the vet claimed that before she put Lizzy under her knife, she had asked the transport guy to confirm with us if she is to be sterilised and that he had called us and replyed to her that we confirmed with him for her to go ahead. We certainly did not receive any calls about this from either of them.

Poor Lizzy, we had thought to settle her quickly and had hoped this new vet/pet transport would work out to be a reliable backup in case our regular go-to guy is not available, which he wasn’t on that day Ryan and Lizzy decided to do a twin debut in Area 1. As for Ryan, we’ve not seen him since his release, and can only hope he’s ok until we do sight him.

Despite the happy ending for Lizzy, it is still frightful to be aware of the possible tragedies that could have happened because of this vet. The kitty victims named here were lucky despite their various conditions that were in another league of serious. They’re not worse off or dead because of the decisiveness of their carers who realised something was not right with the “care” the vet had administered and sought the help and opinions of other trusted vets. We shall remember the lesson learnt and we hope you who read it also take away the lessons that there are vets and there are vets, and that it is important to observe kitty’s habits and understand a bit of basic kitty care.

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2 responses to “Lizzy doing well, despite incompetent vet attention

  1. It would be good to see a fattened Lizzy on your blog the next time round. i truly hope this would be one agenda Lizzy adopter has on his mind.

  2. I think we will, for sure. When I mentioned that she’s scrawny and needs fattening up, her new dad immediately said: “There’s no worry on that!” You can hear the chop-sign-seal guarantee in his voice