Isabella is in surgery today.
Those of you who read the introductory post will no doubt think I’m referring to surgery for her hips.
A second opinion was sought. I provided video footage of Miss Isabella in action, and additional professionals shared their feedback, concluding it best not to proceed with the hip surgery as it might aggravate the condition further.
I have spent a great deal of time working with Isabella these past months. She is quite chatty and has come out of her shell. Isabella appears happy, albeit a bit stiff.
Isabella sounds like an elephant running around her room at night, playing with her toys!
We have Isabella on an extra-strength joint formula supplement which seems to help overcome discomfort due to her arthritis. I’m happy to have her off medication. Especially, Metacam, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for pain management.
Metacam (meloxicam) inhibits the enzyme cyclooxygenase which is necessary for the body’s inflammatory reaction. Lower levels of this enzyme means the tissues are less swollen, creating less pressure on delicate nerve endings, therefore causing less pain.
Extended use of Metacam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death!
Isabella is having dental surgery, today. In addition to the fractured hips, initial x-rays indicated a broken tooth. After completing the additional assessment and determining we would not be going ahead with the hip surgery, I booked her appointment for the dental work. I’m sure she will feel much better no longer having toothache.
As you can see, Isabella has undergone a major transformation from the terrified little calico I introduced you to months ago into a beautiful and sweet little cat. Although not a lap-cat, Isabella enjoys fusses on her terms.
Once recovered from dental surgery, we will start to look for a suitable, forever home for Isabella. This will be a home with no dogs (she is not a fan of my three), and at least one other friendly cat. Isabella adores our Ricky. He played an important role in her rehabilitation – demonstrating kitty confidence, and trust in humans. Isabella needs a person, or people, who understand that it will take time and patience to earn Isabella’s trust and that will make the effort to help her overcome her fears and uncertainties.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who donated to Isabella’s cause. We raised enough money to cover the cost of her dental surgery and contribute to her supplements.
Thank you Georgina Feral Cat Committee for giving Isabella a second chance.