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magmae7

My Name is Maggie

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My name is Maggie. I am a mother, college student, manager at a men's underwear company, and an animal lover. I found out about IMOM while I have been feverishly trying to save my cat Slinky's life.

So here is my story. My cat had not been around for a day or so and I wasn't too concerned because cats kind of do what they please and sleep a lot. The following day Slinky still was nowhere to be found. I am a busy mom so I have a lot of my plate. I work full-time and have a newborn and to top it off I have to go see a chiropractor almost everyday due to someone rear-ending me a few weeks ago. I haven't been the luckiest person lately...but back to my story. So I called Slinky and he didn't come running like usual. I knew something was up. Towards the end of the night when I was about to go to bed Slinky appeared. I was really happy and excited, but I noticed something was off he was just not himself. He was lying there like a lump, he could hardly move. I was histerical as I got myself together I started to inspect him. His eyes were almost shut, he could hardly open them, I checked the inside of his mouth it was still pink, then I check his belly and it was a bit swollen. At this point I knew he needed medical attention. The following morning Slinky was brought to a low cost clinic where they basically said they could not do anything and to bring him across the street to a vet or put him down. We brought him to the vet, he needed immediate surgery to unblock his urinary tract. I maxed out care credit by doing this, I didn't care anything to save his life. Later after the surgery the bad news began. The surgery went okay, but now they think he has a tear in his bladder and they need to do another surgery or I could wait it out if I do not have the funds. Since I do not have the funds there was no other choice.

Slinky has lived through the weekend which in a way surprised the vet. He is a survivor he wants to live. He just needs this other surgery and there is so much hope. I visited him this weekend while the vet was open. He is very sick, but I know it is not his time to leave Earth.

I love Slinky, he is my friend and my family. Please send me love and positive feeling towards Slinky.

Sincerely,

Maggie

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Maggie is working with the FA Committee on an application, in the hope we can help Slinky get the treatment he needs.

The application is incomplete but underway at this time.

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Poor Slinky. I am sending all my Angels to look after him. I know that Jacki and Magic have sent the Rainbow Kids Bridgade to watch over him as well. Magic and IMOM have been creating Christmas miracles all month...Slinky can be the next one.

Anxiiously awaiting good news for Slinky

Kathy and the Magical Beach Kitties

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Slinky is a great name..how did he get his name?

All kitty parents that have boy kitties: please take this as a message to carefully watch for signs of a blockage. It can happen at any age, but mine was around 4 years of age. If you have one kitty, if you see pawprints in the box and no "presents" ..get to the vet. If kitty is crying in the box, get to the vet. Mine was an outdoor kitty that I took care of...he was not acting right so I brought him inside...had to keep the door shut as I had an older sick kittty, ...in the morning he was on the floor, the floor was covered in bloody liquid..he was almost gone when I got him to the vet. I told them they were going to save him and that was that...he made a full recovery. He was lucky and did not tear his bladder

Go Slinky, we are all pullling for you

Kathy

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Unfortunately, Slinky is enroute to an emergency surgeon that may or may not work with IMOM. We're waiting to hear from him. Please keep paws and claws crossed.

Cindy/IMOM

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Thank you all for the love and support. Slinky is hanging in there, but he is still very sick. My doctor would not perform the procedure to fix the tear in his bladder since it is beyond her. So the plan is to get him to a specialist and get the surgery if the funds are approved (fingers crossed). The clock is ticking as time goes on without the surgery leads to more complications. Tomorrow is the day that is all needs to happen. I am missing work tomorrow to go to the consultation at 10 am, I am not even sure if the surgeon will consult with me without the funds being in tact.

Someone on craigslist did not want him anymore and he was given to me as a birthday gift. His name is Slinky because he is gray and he is extremely fun to play with, just like a Slinky toy!

I will not give up. I will exhaust every effort in my body. Slinky is a survivor. He wants to live, but he is doing all he can do to survive now we need medical attention.

As for the blockage. I had never heard of this. I have had cats my whole life both male and female and not one of them has ever had this condition. I feel bad for not knowing more about this issue. I know if I can get this surgery and Slinky well again. He will be put on a special diet and any sign of the blockage he will be rushed to the vet.

Edited by magmae7

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Keeping Slinky in my thoughts and prayers. And all fingers, paws and claws crossed.

*Special Hugs*

Donna and 'The Bandit' :wub:

:felineicon:

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Thank you so much Donna and 'the bandit' I will not give up. I visited with my sweet little Slinky today and he was so adorable and sweet I just wanted to scoop him up and bring him home.

I am so thankful for the support of the IMOM community. I have spoke with many people regarding Slinky, but until you have been through something like this it can be hard to understand and that is why it is great to speak with other IMOMers :)

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Hi Maggie and Slinky,

My kitty that had this problem is also a grey--he is a tiger boy. I knew about this but never actually saw it. My kitty was almost gone when we got to the vet...he did pull through . What I did to help him after that was to change his dry food to Pro Plan..just the regular one, it has a better formulation than some of the other foods out there, give him canned food and encourage water drinking. Fountains sometimes help...there is catit which is like a bubbler kind and a new one which is metal, not plastic.

Just watch him carefully for signs this may be happen again. (it did not with us) Ask your vet if methioform would help as well.. It is not expensive and helped some of my kitties.

Hang in there Slinky. Magic has not failed anyone yet.

Kathy

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Hi Kathy,

Thank you so much for the advice. I have been researching the food recently, I didn't really know what brand would be good so I will look into Proplan. As for the water situation I tried the plastic fountain as well as a heavy ceramic bowl but Slinky would constantly play with the water or try to tip it over, I will definitely invest in a metal one which I did not know where out there.

Update on Slinky: I am picking him up from the vet in roughly an hour to transport him to the specialist in hopes they will do immediate surgery if everything goes good. My vet said Slinky is stable but a time bomb....we do not have much time. I am hoping the ball can get rolling so I can get my kitty back. Me, my dog Billie Moon and my newborn son Clayton miss Slinky so much. He is such a lover.

Maggie

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Slinky and I are waiting at the surgeons office. We have been here for over two hours. They will not admit him without payment. He is shaking a little bit which is concerning me a bit. If we are able to get things in order, he will be able to have surgery today. I am keeping my fingers crossed. We are so close to fixing him. He is the sweetest thing, I will keep doing whatever I can for him. I love him so much.

Maggie

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IMOM has made a huge pledge to make surgery possible for Slinky today. Please check back in our Behind the Scenes section for more updates.

Paws and claws crossed,

Cindy/IMOM

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Update for everyone: Slinky went to the surgeon and we got the new updated information. Urine in Abdomen/Urethral rupture. This was a matter of a very short amount of time that we had to make a decision and see if we could try and save Slinky.

IMOM pledged the $2139.89 out of our general fund just now (minutes ago) to try and do what we could for Slinky. I spoke directly to the hospital and they could do surgery right that moment if we were able to assist.

Please donate to our general fund if you can to help us replenish our emergency fund. http://www.imom.org/donation/index.htm

This was a huge hit to our general fund, but we had to try. Maggie has been fantastic in keeping all of us updated and giving us all the information we ask for. She has tried so hard for Slinky and has done a tremendous amount trying to save her baby. You can tell from the thread here how much she loves her fur baby. There was just not time to fund raise in this particular instance.

Again, Please, if you can donate to our general fund in honor of us helping Slinky, we would really appreciate it. http://www.imom.org/donation/index.htm Every dollar donated will count, so that we are able to help the next emergency. Without this fund, we would not be able to make emergency decisions like this.

Melissa/IMOM

Edited by Melissa IMOM

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WOW you guys...BLESS YOU!!!

We are really going to have to work to get the general fund solvent again...but, it's because there are angels out there that you do what you do...I will try to post on facebook and my wall that the general fund is needing help!!!

I am SO PLEASED to see that this kitty is getting surgery...prayers being said right now...Judy

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We're all pulling for Slinky to come through surgery with flying colors!

Please, everyone, spread the word about Slinky and IMOM's need to replenish our General Fund. We have made some very large pledges recently and the fund has taken a huge hit.

Thank you!

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I hope the 20 people reading this post will donate to general fund to help all the future pets that will need IMOM's help down the road.

Thank heavens for IMOM and Magic and all the wonderful people who donate their time and money to help... I hope Slinky will soon be home with his loving family and feeling a lot better.

Kathy

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I wish I could hug Kyle and all of the IMOM volunteers and people who donated to Save Slinky through the computer. Hugs and Love to you all. You have helped me through one of the toughest experiences ever in my life. Because of IMOM Slinky will have surgery today late afternoon. The surgeon is very optimistic and has performed other cases like this. I am truly inspired by IMOM, I will spread all of the love in my heart to others just like IMOM did for me.

Thank you so much! I had to go back to work, but I will post again once I get an update from the hospital. Slinky may be able to come home tomorrow :)

Love,

Maggie

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Just spoke with the Dr. Slinky's surgery went amazing. She said the tear in his bladder was about the size of her thumb but it was repairable. He should be discharged tomorrow afternoon. Thanks again to everyone at IMOM and all the people who donated to Save Slinky. It is amazing to know that there are lots of people that have a special place in there hearts for animals. If there is anything I can do to help IMOM such as share a link page to donations on my facebook or tell people if IMOM does any affiliate programs, I would love to help. I am still at work, but I should be getting an update on Slinky later on tonight.

Thanks again!!! Hugs to all from me and my sweet little Slinky man :)

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I am so happy to hear that Slinky did so well with surgery...YAY RAH...

And, YES, it's a great idea to post IMOM's link on Facebook...and ask your friends to share and crosspost...

IMOM's General Fund is now in need of donations to replenish funds to help animals in emergency situations...

There is also a sweet little beagle, Pockets Costello on the Pet With Chronic Ongoing Illness Thread that needs one time donations and/or monthly sponsors...

So...if there are animal lovers out there that can spread the word and help that would be great...

PLEASE, keep us posted on how Slinky is doing...I am SO HAPPY that things turned out so well...you did a great job for your kitty...BRAVO TO YOU...Judy

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Hello Maggie, and Slinky,

I am so happy to hear that another Christmas miracle was created for you both through IMOM, and that amazing LBK.

IMOM also saved my little Foru this past week via their GF and I am heartbroken that the GF is being depleted so rapidly.

I wish I could donate now, but unfortunatly all of the funds I have been able to come up with need to go towards the remainder of his bill and the additional surgery needed which was diagnosed after his life saving emergency surgery last Saturday.

My heart has been touched ,and my life changed forever by the support and miracles created on this site, by Magic, Jacki, the IMOM angels, and community members.

Please know you and Slinky are in our thoughts and prayers.

My little Foru's surgery is being scheduled, and I still have a lot of work to do ,and things to sell to make this happen.

But, it will happen ,one way or another and to me it's amazing to realize how many things you dont truly need when all of your funds need to go to our little Furbabies.

Christmas has come early for us, and we have everything we need.

So there may not be any presents under our tree , but IMOM gave us the most amazing present I could ever have hoped or imagined and I could not possibly ask for any more.

I am so glad that after having saved my little man, Slinky was also able to get the life saving surgery he needed.

These people are amazing.

Please spread the word, every dollar helps.

I have been telling everyone, and anyone I meet about this site.

In some senses it scares me because of the impact and emotional stress these life saving emergencies can entail.

But, I think there are over 1 million people out there that even in this economy could spare 1 dollar, and that inspires me to think of what occured this week for my little monkey Foru, your Slinky, and all of the other PIN.

I am thrilled for you, and looking forward to updates once you have your boy back at home.

Another Christmas miracle! Thanks to IMOM!

Our thoughts, prayers, and healing hugs and kisses are wished for you and Slinky this Holiday season.

Dawn, and Foru :magicmoon:

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