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(Inquisitr)   A paralyzed cat with a twisted spine has learned to run with a little help from a high school robotics club. Flipper has a new set of wheels and is ready to race around the house this Caturday   (inquisitr.com) divider line 1024
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2013-02-02 08:06:24 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:08:46 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:11:57 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:15:56 AM  

tigerose: The worst sound in the world is the one your cat makes when you accidentally step on them. I trod upon Eli's tootsies earlier tonight. He is still mad at me! Somehow,"I didn't see you" isn't making him feel happier.


Poor kitteh. I lifted the loveseat to retrieve a couple toys for the Queen of the Realm, and she stuck her paw under the leg without me realizing it. I set the thing down on her paw. She loudly let me know something wasn't right and I immediately lifted it off her leg. To this day, if I lift a piece of furniture to retrieve her toys, she relocates under the dining room table until I go get her and comfort her a bit.
 
2013-02-02 08:18:04 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:19:58 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:20:52 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:22:19 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:36:44 AM  

troyz99: ^^^ Home from the thrift store with his new friend.




How is kitteh today? I am sorry no one was around to comfort you last night/early morning. I am no expert, but I would guess there is a blockage. Or it could be an issue with his bowels, called mega colon. This can be managed by adding fiber to the food. Um...or he ate something that has made him very ill, and it could take time for the toxins to clear his system. Yhe fluids should help with that, along with supporting his liver and kidney functions. Thats the best I can do, need moar coffee!

Keep us in the loop please. We care, and we have been there.
 
2013-02-02 08:40:53 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:41:49 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:45:37 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:46:18 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:46:42 AM  
Not news: Mrs. vudutek needed surgery to remove pre-cancerous growth. News: Surgery flawless, no complications. OMG news: Post-op pathology found Stage 1 cancer in removed organ.

So, we're now both in the 'survivors' category. Thanks to everyone for the support, thoughts, and prayers.

And a cat:
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2013-02-02 08:48:47 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:49:30 AM  

vudutek: Not news: Mrs. vudutek needed surgery to remove pre-cancerous growth. News: Surgery flawless, no complications. OMG news: Post-op pathology found Stage 1 cancer in removed organ.

So, we're now both in the 'survivors' category. Thanks to everyone for the support, thoughts, and prayers.

And a cat:
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YAY!!!!! Great news! :D
 
2013-02-02 08:52:49 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:54:06 AM  

vudutek: Not news: Mrs. vudutek needed surgery to remove pre-cancerous growth. News: Surgery flawless, no complications. OMG news: Post-op pathology found Stage 1 cancer in removed organ.

So, we're now both in the 'survivors' category. Thanks to everyone for the support, thoughts, and prayers.

And a cat:
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So glad to hear that things went well.
 
2013-02-02 08:56:18 AM  
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2013-02-02 08:56:31 AM  

lilyspad: troyz99: Anybody out there with some cat advice to share at his hour?
Upset right now, but here's what I can say... Beast, my buddy of 7 years, hasn't kept food or water down since Thurs. We went to the vet Fri AM...urine test fine, no indication of blockage from the vet ( who has treated him from day 1). We were given cerenia injection, fluid administration, and sent home to see what happens. Took home an oral enema, which he didn't keep down, and a tube of laxatone with instructions to keep administering. Gave him approx 4 tbsp of laxatone so far, and it's staying down, but nothing coming out either end.
He will not eat or drink. Has been on his blanket on the bed all day and night.
We have another appt today (Sat) for follow up.
Money is tight, but I will figure out a way, even if we have to do surgery. I'm losing my shiat here, I'm all alone, and it's 3am. No one to talk to.
Somebody want to help me out?
More laxatone?
He seems comfortable, but this is ripping me apart.

I know it's hard, but try to stay calm.  Animals can feel stress.  Wait to see what your vet has to say today...they might have another suggestion for you.  Good luck!!  ((HUGS))


Thanks so much. We just took a nap and are getting ready for the return trip!
 
2013-02-02 08:59:29 AM  

tigerose: troyz99: ^^^ Home from the thrift store with his new friend.

How is kitteh today? I am sorry no one was around to comfort you last night/early morning. I am no expert, but I would guess there is a blockage. Or it could be an issue with his bowels, called mega colon. This can be managed by adding fiber to the food. Um...or he ate something that has made him very ill, and it could take time for the toxins to clear his system. Yhe fluids should help with that, along with supporting his liver and kidney functions. Thats the best I can do, need moar coffee!

Keep us in the loop please. We care, and we have been there.


He managed a very small bowel movement, which made me ecstatic. We're off to the vet again shortly and I'll let you know what heppens.

Thanks so much you guys...this was my first time posting, and I'm truly grateful for the support!
 
2013-02-02 09:00:50 AM  
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This is my Nala, looking supremely disinterested in your shenanigans...
 
2013-02-02 09:04:25 AM  
I've been hearing about that cat, but none of the articles I've seen have said how his spine got twisted.  Was it an accident (and if so what happened) or was he born that way?
 
2013-02-02 09:05:30 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:11:49 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:15:00 AM  
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Another one of Missy Nala.
 
2013-02-02 09:15:32 AM  

vudutek: Not news: Mrs. vudutek needed surgery to remove pre-cancerous growth. News: Surgery flawless, no complications. OMG news: Post-op pathology found Stage 1 cancer in removed organ.

So, we're now both in the 'survivors' category. Thanks to everyone for the support, thoughts, and prayers.

And a cat:
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Congratulations!
 
2013-02-02 09:18:07 AM  

John Buck 41: vudutek: Not news: Mrs. vudutek needed surgery to remove pre-cancerous growth. News: Surgery flawless, no complications. OMG news: Post-op pathology found Stage 1 cancer in removed organ.

So, we're now both in the 'survivors' category. Thanks to everyone for the support, thoughts, and prayers.

And a cat:
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Congratulations!


So glad to hear the surgery went well. OMG indeed about the path results but at least they got it.

I've got the Rocky theme running through my brain right now thinking about the two of you :)

/ Feelin' strong now....
 
2013-02-02 09:18:18 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:19:19 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:19:36 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:21:06 AM  
troyz99, hope Beast will improve. Sometimes a cat will just Get A Lurk On because he feels like it.
maynerdkitty, best luck with the water. Pipe emptying into sand is less than no help. Some lines that were funny at first, now are less so:

Lucas Electric, from USAF veteran in Plumbicon's chorus
The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."
Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they do still have a claim to "sudden, unexpected darkness."
Lucas -- inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas -- inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
The three-position Lucas switch -- DIM, FLICKER and OFF.
The other three switch settings -- SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.
The original anti-theft devices -- Lucas Electric products.
"I've had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob...."
If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.
Did you hear about the Lucas-powered torpedo?It sank.
It's not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm's Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.
Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner, "How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?" He replied, "It doesn't matter which one you use, nothing happens anyway!"
Back in the '70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn't suck.
Quality Assurance phoned and advised the Engineering guy that they had trouble with his design shorting out. So he made the wires longer.
Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas makes refrigerators, too.
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Joseph Lucas invented the short circuit.
Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: check the position of the stars, kill a chicken and walk three times sunwise around your car chanting: "Oh mighty Prince of Darkness protect your unworthy servant."
Lucas systems actually uses AC current; it just has a random frequency.

Original Lucas torpedo tale, have misplaced link to it:
Some years ago, I worked with a fellow with the very British name of Ken Appleby. He had a Spitfire, I had my '74 B, and we used to motor out to Pickwick's Pub and throw darts after work on occasion.
Ken used to work for Lucas in the UK, specifically for a division of Lucas that did military electronics. My favorite of his stories was about the time he had been working on a computer-controlled torpedo. It used magnetic core memory to store the programs, which had the advantage of being very non-volatile as well as not susceptible to EMP discharge.
So Ken got to ride on the boat for the first test of the torpedo that used the computer with his program in it. Somewhere out in the North Sea, on a Royal Navy cutter, Ken and his crew launched the first ever run of this new weapon, and Ken learned a new respect for debugging.
The program was supposed to make the torpedo shoot off the boat, dive to a depth at which it couldn't be easily detected, then circle toward the target, climb to striking depth, and hit the target. There were on-board sensors to detect sea level, and the torpedo was supposed to travel at a preset distance below sea level, with constant feedback keeping it on track.
Somehow, somewhere, Ken had multiplied one of the 3D coordinates by a negative number, and this error soon propagated through the transformation matrix (the mathematical construct that models 3D space), with predictable results.
Within instants of hitting the water, the torpedo -- instead of sinking out of visible range -- blasted up and out from the water in a great silver fountain, then continued skipping across the surface of the blue like some sort of deranged wingless flying fish. Worse yet, instead of circling toward the target, it circled all right, but began to return to the ship that launched it. Fortunately it was not armed, but they still detonated the self-destruct on it rather than let it slice through their ship at 50 knots or whatever rate it traveled. Because of the non-volatile core memory, Ken was able to debug the program from what the Royal Navy frogmen could recover from it, and he fixed the problem for Rev 2.0.
But I must admit that the image of the torpedo, splashing happily above the surface of the water like an aroused porpoise, is one that returns to me in idle moments such this. What else would a Lucas torpedo do but try to fly?

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2013-02-02 09:21:52 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:22:11 AM  
That is so pathetic, poor cat. This is a perfect example of why people should have the intestinal fortitude to put down animals when necessary. Nature surely would, in a less acceptable manner for most of you I would assume.
 
2013-02-02 09:23:41 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:24:07 AM  
I can't find the post in order to quote it.  Earlier someone asked if the cat in TFA was born this way, or if this is from an injury.  I'm not an expert, but looking at the x-rays in the video, my best guess is that it's a birth defect because the cat's ribs are also abnormal.  Also I think that if there was a trauma to torque him around this bad, it probably would have killed him, or paralyzed him.  I know the Fark headline says he's paralyzed, but he has control over his back legs and tail, you can see that in the video as well.  It's like he has Scoliosis, but I have never seen a case this bad, in a person or in a critter.
 
2013-02-02 09:33:01 AM  
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An' dis my dog Suzi. She's got thyroid issues. Hypo, not hyper.
 
2013-02-02 09:33:43 AM  
vuduteks, Fang Q for heartening news on your behalf.
Cloudchaser, this cat suffered an accident that caused hind-legs paralysis. Unlike the young pig whose non-functioning hind legs were a birth defect (tale just above this today).
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2013-02-02 09:35:43 AM  

troyz99: tigerose: troyz99: ^^^ Home from the thrift store with his new friend.

How is kitteh today? I am sorry no one was around to comfort you last night/early morning. I am no expert, but I would guess there is a blockage. Or it could be an issue with his bowels, called mega colon. This can be managed by adding fiber to the food. Um...or he ate something that has made him very ill, and it could take time for the toxins to clear his system. Yhe fluids should help with that, along with supporting his liver and kidney functions. Thats the best I can do, need moar coffee!
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Keep us in the loop please. We care, and we have been there.

He managed a very small bowel movement, which made me ecstatic. We're off to the vet again shortly and I'll let you know what heppens.

Thanks so much you guys...this was my first time posting, and I'm truly grateful for the support!


Do let us know what happens. I worked in Veterinary, but that was over 20 years ago, so now I have a dumb as I've forgotten a lot of things. However, the first thing I thought was "that cat needs a full blood panel, a bolus of SubQ fluids if he's dehydrated and possibly x-rays to check for an obstruction, especially if the panel looks relatively normal." Be aware this is all a possibility, (some of it or maybe even all of it) along with a day stay in the treatment area at the least, if he's still not eating/drinking and if his condition is deteriorating/very poor. I'm thinking he wasn't in as bad of shape as you are or they would have started with that rather than the more conservative treatment. As someone else mentioned, he may have just had an attack of funky tummy as well. I do hope that's all it is and that your boy is on the mend!

Truth be told, the pet parent being in worse shape than the furkid when the furkid is ill is a sign of a very good pet parent! I had to leave veterinary after a few short years (and thousands of dollars spent on edumacation) because a lot of pet parents aren't actually pet parents. They're assholes who somehow got a lovely creature and neglect or abuse it. I couldn't take it anymore. I was beginning to hate people to the point I actually wanted to assault a few of them, and that's just not me.. That's why I like the Caturday folks so much. They're all the good kind and it sounds like you are as well.

I feel kind of bad as I'm usually awake at that hour, but was not this morning as I have been rather sickly myself and my meds make me nauseated and tired. I would have at least been able to tell you to just relax and hang out with kitty, make a bed next to his blanket if you can, and just let him know you're there for him and that I'd hold your hand over the internet.

Don't be shy and post more often. So sorry we had to meet this way. We're all rootin' for ya, so check in when ya can!
 
2013-02-02 09:36:38 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:37:15 AM  
This is Sir John Simon.

She will get in your lap, no matter what.

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2013-02-02 09:38:32 AM  
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2013-02-02 09:43:43 AM  

Terrydatroll: That is so pathetic, poor cat. This is a perfect example of why people should have the intestinal fortitude to put down animals when necessary. Nature surely would, in a less acceptable manner for most of you I would assume.


Oh, puh-lease. I'm going out as a Fark headline, I'm sure. How is that unacceptable to be able to amuse my fellow Farkers, even in death? Lack of common sense but a high enough level of intelligence to be truly dangerous to myself is also nature at work, ya know.

This is a cool story and Flipper looked so happy to be off and running. GO FLIPPER! I also hope the kids in that robotics club are now school heroes. They should be!

/"Hold my akvavit and watch this!"
Protip: troll the politics tab. They're easier to rile up because no matter how outrageous what you "say" is, it's totally believable someone really thinks that way - and it's fun! MUAHAHAHAHA!
 
2013-02-02 09:51:14 AM  

Terrydatroll: That is so pathetic, poor cat. This is a perfect example of why people should have the intestinal fortitude to put down animals when necessary. Nature surely would, in a less acceptable manner for most of you I would assume.


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