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Xena has remained about the same so far. No more liquid poo or vomiting. We're hoping that's a good sign and that she's recovering.
 

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If you can type here, google the SPCAs number. And call the vet anyway - if the cat dies, who's cat it was won't matter.
Is there any vet that can help with people with financial difficulties. I know there is Care Credit but besides this option, is there any vets or ASPCA organization that offer low cost vet care? It is obvious OP cares very much, but it is financial hardship that is also hindering medical care.

I'm sorry but vet bills are crazy expensive. I had to borrow against my 401k to pay for huge vet bills. Mine is like 20k. Most people would opt for euthanasia, but my heart just couldn't do that, so I know how she feels.
 
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Is there any vet that can help with people with financial difficulties. I know there is Care Credit but besides this option, is there any vets or ASPCA organization that offer low cost vet care? It is obvious OP cares very much, but it is financial hardship that is also hindering medical care.

I'm sorry but vet bills are crazy expensive. I had to borrow against my 401k to pay for huge vet bills. Mine is like 20k. Most people would opt for euthanasia, but my heart just couldn't do that, so I know how she feels.
Thank you.

From everything I found online and talking to the vets in the past, there isn't any vets that will take an emergency unless the owner can pay $200 plus in my area. My mom just doesn't have that right now, nor is there really a way for her to get it.

Right now, Xena seems to be slowly improving. We're monitoring her and letting her rest and recover after a rough morning.
 
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Xena came out and pooped a little, and she peed. She seems like she's doing okay. We showed her a box we made up for her and she's settled in to it.
 
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Update on Xena. We called the vet about what's going on with her, and they're acting like it's not a big deal. She has an appointment scheduled tomorrow for 1pm. Even though she's likely got a blockage, and they know it. They really piss me the f off.

On a more positive note, Xena drank a little water and lapped at some gravy from a can of food a little while ago. It's not much, but it's something. She still can't poop even though she tries and is vomiting when she does try to poop.

We're not sure what more to do for her besides keep food and water available and nearby and hope she doesn't get worse, as I'm not sure our vet's office will care or help if she does.
 

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When my older cat got that way I gave him 1/4 tsp. of human Miramax job a bit of Lickables treat or a beaten egg yolk. It was the only thing that worked.
 
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When my older cat got that way I gave him 1/4 tsp. of human Miramax job a bit of Lickables treat or a beaten egg yolk. It was the only thing that worked.
Thank you. We don't have Miramax in the house and getting some will be diffcult. We do have eggs though. We also have something made for cats. It's a hairball remedy that some say has a laxative or stool softening effect as it has white patrollem, soybean oil and light mineral oil in it. Not sure if that would be helpful for her or not right now.
 
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Yes it would be. Next time you are able , get some Miralax to keep around. Your hairball remedy would be good.
Not sure about giving a 25 year old cat Miralax. If remember, I'll mention it to the vet at her appointment tomorrow and see what they say about it as she has other health issues as well.

She seems wobbly on her feet, so I'm super concerned. She almost fell twice when she was walking back to her resting place after being up and around for a little bit. She did drink some water today though, and she hasn't thrown up so far today, so I guess that's good.

I wish there was more that could be done besides waiting for her vet appointment over 24 hours away and trying a few things and hoping they don't make anything worse for her.
 

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Xena needs to see a vet. But I have read all you wrote and understand that’s easier said than done.

See if she’ll eat egg yolk. You can offer a whole raw yolk or beat it with the white and let her have some scrambled egg either raw or cooked. The yolk has acetylcholine which can stimulate the peristaltic movement in the gut (helps move things along.) It also contains lecithin which will help dissolve any balls of fat that bind hairballs together. In short, egg yolk can have powerful laxative action. Plus it’s great nutrition and high in moisture too.
 
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Xena needs to see a vet. But I have read all you wrote and understand that’s easier said than done.

See if she’ll eat egg yolk. You can offer a whole raw yolk or beat it with the white and let her have some scrambled egg either raw or cooked. The yolk has acetylcholine which can stimulate the peristaltic movement in the gut (helps move things along.) It also contains lecithin which will help dissolve any balls of fat that bind hairballs together. In short, egg yolk can have powerful laxative action. Plus it’s great nutrition and high in moisture too.
I know she does, the soonest appointment we could get for her is tomorrow at 1pm so she's scheduled in for that. I feel very strongly she should see a vet much sooner than that but I'm not sure what to do about it. The vet office knows what kind of condition she's in and they just don't seem to care. I

guess they figure she's an old cat so if she dies then oh well. Or they're punishing us in a way for letting her get this way or something. I don't even know anymore.

My mom's out right now she had a very important meeting. Xena is resting in her place, and she seems to be kinda comfy at least.

I'm concerned about any "powerful laxative effects" because it's possible that the accumulation is too large to pass and with her being so old I"m worried about things ripping and stuff.

We've discovered she may have a herna as well so being cautious to try not to make that worse, though I know her straining to poop is going to do that on it's own. I honestly don't know what to do. We don't want to put her to sleep but may not have any choice in the matter as her chances of surviving any kind of procedure is slim. Just the stress from taking her to the vet could kill her.

I just don't want her to die in pain and suffering, and I'm scared to death that's exactly the way it's going to go, and I don't think I can cope with seeing that again.
 
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I know she does, the soonest appointment we could get for her is tomorrow at 1pm so she's scheduled in for that. I feel very strongly she should see a vet much sooner than that but I'm not sure what to do about that.
The egg yolk should help loosen things up in the meantime.
 

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Tell your vet, you waited long enough and she must be triaged because she can’t pass anything.

If things get worse after hours, then only option you have is ER and that is going to be very expensive. I do suspect she has some kind of blockage.

Sooner you treat, she has higher chance of survival and less financial stress.

I read your whole journey and I think you waited too long. Sorry for coming off harsh but longer you wait, gets more expensive.
 
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Tell your vet, you waited long enough and she must be triaged because she can’t pass anything.

If things get worse after hours, then only option you have is ER and that is going to be very expensive. I do suspect she has some kind of blockage.

Sooner you treat, she has higher chance of survival and less financial stress.

I read your whole journey and I think you waited too long. Sorry for coming off harsh, but longer you wait, gets more expensive.
I have to be careful with calling and basically making demands or her appointment could be canceled, and we'll be left trying to find somewhere else to take her on short notice.

I know we've waited for a long time and are stuck waiting longer, and that's bad, but there really isn't any other choices. Also, we don't have any ERs nearby. We would have to get our vet to come in after hours to treat her if she goes down hill after hours.

I feel like my hands are tied, and I really don't need a lecturing.

But if anyone can find a good vet in Salem, Missouri that'll take her then be my guest but we're with Mid Ozark and they said the ONLY open appointment they have is at 1pm tomorrow.

I hate that she's suffering and there's nothing we can do about it I really do. Xena's basicly my little sisiter and I'm sitting here in tears feeling worthless because I can't do anything for her.
 

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I’m sorry if I upset you. In the previous posts, you also mentioned financial difficulties and lack of car to drive to vet. I only suggested getting to vet sooner than later because longer you wait, vet bills only get higher.
Good luck with everything. It’s is heartbreaking to go through such stress.
 
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I’m sorry if I upset you. In the previous posts, you also mentioned financial difficulties and lack of car to drive to vet. I only suggested getting to vet sooner than later because longer you wait, vet bills only get higher.
Good luck with everything. It’s is heartbreaking to go through such stress.
Thank you. I haven't slept well in about a week now as Em one of our other cats became ill. He's doing great now thankfully. Now Xena's sick and care is being majorly delayed, and I feel awful.
 
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Update: Xena was just up and about. She tried pooping with no success and ended up vomiting due to her efforts. She's vomited less today than yesterday, but still:(. Tomorrow afternoon can't come quick enough. The only good news I have is that she didn't seem quite as wobbly this time as she was up and about. I don't know how to feel anymore I'm entirely drained.
 
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