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Firefighter fights to save kitten using oxygen mask — 15 Comments

  1. I see. Well, I suppose at some point sudden heart failure would be a blessing. Horrible not expecting it though. And yes, I see how silly my comment was. Bigfoot, poor little guy. Seems I’m his whole world right now. I think I’ll poke away at it. Even if I just get two nails a day…and one snip of the feathers, eventually it will get done. If I do it while cooing and massaging, he might not get too mad. He will give me a good bite though, if he doesn’t like it. I know him so well now I can usually dodge it. Then we kiss and make up….then I’ll give it a go again. Wish me luck. Thanks Dee.

    • Not silly Dorothy, just loving your boy and being very brave. He might choose his own time, I hope he does. Thinking about you and a X for his furry head (If he will allow it)

    • Ofcourse you’re not silly, DW.
      You’re well grounded and an optomist.
      I am that way about my cats too. Unless I see suffering, I’m in the battle with them all the way.
      I like your method of doing his grooming. I clean my house that way. One room today, another tommorrow… and so forth.

  2. Yes, I found your comment, DW.
    I can’t say for sure, but I believe what happened was a sudden heart failure as opposed to his CKD, which is a slow process. Most murmurs are benign, but grade 4 is the highest grade and means quite a bit of regurgitation (backward blood flow) within the heart. Fluid balance is very important in order to minimize a backup of fluid, especially into the lungs. I know it sounds technical. I could better explain with a diagram, but I don’t have that ability.
    With Bigfoot, his copious water consumption is a common symptom of his CKD.
    I can’t remember how to put a quote here, so I’ll just copy and paste what you wrote:

    “Bigfoot seems fine these days, except for the tons of water, lack of grooming, incontinence and voice changing….it is hard to know what to expect next.”

    Please read that. He’s not “fine”, sweet Dorothy, but he’s holding his own right now.
    For his comfort, he really needs to have his nails trimmed as well as his bottom. I would forego a whole grooming, because he will hate it so. You’ll just have to do the best you can with that. If he can’t stand to have it done, forget it. A few knots aren’t harming him. It’s all about HIM right now.

  3. I’m going to talk about Chester the cat. It may be lengthy, so feel free to edit.
    Chester was the third and last animal CPR I performed.
    Chester came to me as a stray about 4 years ago. He was huge (around 15 lb). all black except for a small patch of white on his neck, large polydactyl front paws. and semi-feral. I made him an inside cat although he didn’t really care for other cats. However, he tolerated them, and that’s pretty much all I expect from the clan I have.
    After almost a year, he and I were pretty good pals, but he didn’t trust other people, especially my vet. As all of us do with our cats, I knew him well…well enough to see that he wasn’t “right” one day. It was nothing real specific, but I just knew it wasn’t good. All POCers know what I mean. So, we went to the vet and his labs showed kidney failure, possibly end-stage. On top of that he had a grade IV heart murmur. It was decision time. Dr. Kramar was exceptional in explaining what would be involved if I chose an attempt to save him. I opted to try. Now, my only choice was to have him treated in the hospital or treat him at home. So many things were discussed:
    The hospital couldn’t provide round-the-clock .care.
    Chester required intensive care, subcutaneous fluid administration that was risky as a fluid overload would put him into congestive heart failure, and he would be so frightened in the hospital that he would have to be sedated the entire time.
    Well, I was not a vet nurse. I was a people nurse with a specialty in intensive care. I felt that I could handle what was required and Chester would not have to go through the traumas of being alone (and, maybe dying alone at night in the hospital), he wouldn’t have to be sedated, I would have the time to give him 24/7 attention if my daughter would agree to come and stay a short while to take over the rest of my crazy cat life (which she did). So, armed with antibiotics, bags of IV fluid, tubings, needles, and a schedule of the whens and how much stuff to give, Chester and I went home.
    After 3 days, he seemed to be improving. He was eating and drinking some, peeing fair amounts, and even groomed himself a little. I was becoming hopeful.
    Then, after his first fluid therapy that third morning, I picked him up to love on him some because I hated sticking him with needles as much as he hated being stuck. And, he suddenly went limp and lifeless in my arms.

    This was my third CPR occasion so I was more comfortable than previously. I learned the technique from the internet. There are many sites and videos. It is very different from CPR on a human.

    I followed the steps as I remembered them:

    I laid him on his right side.
    I could see that he wasn’t breathing, so I made a tight seal around his nose and mouth with my mouth and gave him 4 quick, short breaths.
    I checked for a heart beat by moving his arm and putting my fingers in the place where his “elbow” had rested. I couldn’t feel anything.
    I placed my right hand underneath him opposite the place where I checked for a heartbeat and my left hand on top at the heartbeat spot. I compressed with 3 fingers of each hand (sort of like a squeeze) at a depth of about 1/2 inch as fast as I could for about one minute (the compressions are supposed to be 100-120 per minute). Then, 2 quick breaths and repeat over and over.

    I tried for at least 15 minutes with no response. I wept the whole time. There wasn’t anything else to do at that point. It was over.

    My two previous CPR occasions were with a cat and a dog. The dog was strictly a respiratory arrest and he survived. The cat didn’t respond.

    • Hi Dee, I found this comment. It mostly made me sad, but at the same time I learned a little about one of my favorite comment writers here at POC. I’m sorry about Chester. Do you think it was his heart that gave out? My Bigfoot also as a heart murmur, along with renal disease. I don’t know what the murmur you mentioned above, means. Bigfoot seems fine these days, except for the tons of water, lack of grooming, incontinence and voice changing….it is hard to know what to expect next. He hates it when I brush out his knots. I do sneak attacks with gentle preparation. Sometimes I get lucky with the scissors. Also, his polydactyl toes….they really need trimming. They don’t contract well any more and he gets stuck on the carpet, stuck on his blankets, stuck on my shirts……he will NOT let me trim them. My vets office has a groomer. They are five minutes away, and fast. I was thinking about having them trim his skirt a little so his wet bottom doesn’t bother him. But I just don’t know. He gets so angry going in the car.

      Anyway, I hope you find this comment. Thanks for all you do.

      • Will the vets groomer come out to Bigfoot Dorothy? He would probably be a very good boy in his own home with you there alongside him while she did a quick trim of his skirt and nails to make him more comfy x

          • Oh, what a lovely idea and how nice it would be. Heck, I’d bake you a whole cake if you would trim his nails. I’m going to hunt for a mobile groomer. Wish me luck.

            • Good luck. Do you know any of the nurses at your vets practice? I used to do a little bit on the side for local people who hated bringing cats (and dogs and budgies) in, not for money, just for the pleasure of helping but if yours are as poorly paid as we were they might be glad of a few extra dollars 😉

  4. This is so touching. What a guy to perform heroics on a tiny kitten.
    I wonder how many of us on POC have ever performed CPR (or any portion of it) on an animal.
    I know I have.

    • Dee, I’d like you to write a comment about CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on cats. Not many people have done that. If you tell us what happened, your experiences on cat CPR, I’ll make it a post if that is OK with you. If not, I will understand.

      Cory, the fireman, is one of us 😉 They are out there and we like ’em.

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