Some things the doctor said :

“When I opened up his jaw, it just kind of fell apart”

“That cat is a real fighter”

“I wish you could have seen it. I mean, you’d probably have found it gross, but it was a great procedure.”

He was rightfully proud of himself. I just sat with Damien on my lap for a bit, and aside from the fact that he drools like a faucet right now, he was pretty feisty. he’s on a drip and in the cat cage until that’s done with, so he’s feeling a little cooped up – he really wants to hide under the bed. Once his IV is out, he can do that when I’m not feeding him.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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4 Responses to Some things the doctor said :

  1. ex_redsonja442 says:

    Poor kitty! Out of curiosity, what’s he got for a bottom half of his face, now? Did they install something prosthetic, or was there enough bone left to save?

  2. alchemist says:

    Well, it goes like this – if you look at a jawbone, it’s really two pieces, joined at the incisors. Yo can feel the spot in your chin-cleft.

    Alright, Take your hand, and put your pinky on the cleft, and take your thumb up about 2-thirds fo the way. You should feel another indentation. As far as I can tell, that’s wat the doctor removed.

    So, looking at him from the front or above, you really can’t tell a difference. *BUT* wne you try to feed him, or look at the underneath, it looks like about 1/3-5/8 of the right jawbone is missing.

    And there really isn’t that much that could be done to rebuild – he’s a special breed, and the jawbone of each cat would have to be specially moulded. Given that just the surgery and after care cost us $650, and if he lives out the next month, the test to find out what that tumor is (it’s in a jar at the vet’s office. No, I didn’t look at it) costs another $75, I’m not into paying probably even more for a specialty jaw.

    Most importantly because even with it, there’s no promise that he doesn’t have something else already growing, just microscopicly, that will end his life before the end of the year.

  3. ex_redsonja442 says:

    One time I actualy took a cat to a *human* dentist to have his teeth worked on, I had gotten the cat as an old adult and his past owner had not seen to his dental care. I spent hundreds of dollars fixing this cat’s teeth. Then he started peeing all over my house. Vet declared him healthy, but doing it out of neurosis, spite or what have you. I could not make him stop no matter what I tried, and finally had to take him to the pound. I had spent all that $ and it really made me mad.

  4. alchemist says:

    That’s one reason not to reconstruct – if we did, and he died next month, I’d be paying for that shit until *I* died in the poorhouse.

    And yeah, some cats are neurotic. Damien’s son Stormy was/is…

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