November 30th. Update

Joel called me an hour ago and he wants us to take Jackson in tomorrow for the feline surgeon to see and decide what to do. He said he would have to stay overnight.

So I have got his basket ready with his favourite mouse and will put a hot water bottle in just before we leave. We have to be there at 11am and so I shall have time to pack before we go.

Jackson’s fur is starting to regrow where he was shaved and now they will cut it all off again. It seems so unfair that he is so young and has to go through all these test and procedures. Oh well! Maybe I will know something more concrete by this time tomorrow.

Back as soon as I have any news.

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November 30th

Sorry I did not write yesterday.  Jackson regurgitated again and so I telephoned Joel.  He was away yesterday on a course but has just called me.  He says that he thinks surgery is the best option and has gone away to discuss it with the head feline surgeon and will call me back later today.   Jackson is not eating much – I suppose it hurts him to swallow. Also his coat is looking *starey” – not its usual sleek self.

The Rowan rep came yesterday and showed me the new yarns and books.  There is a lot of lace – not with thin yarns but with DK. creating holey garments – and stripes and heavy cables.  For the Kidsilk Haze fanatics there are some very pretty summery sweaters – delicate and ultra feminine.  Those of you who collect shade cards will be pleased to hear that they are still being produced with snippets of real yarn rather than photos.  Amy Butler has a new pattern book too.

Now I must go and pack the last of the parcels.  I will write more when I have heard from Joel again.

November 28th

Jackson has regurgitated twice since I last wrote. Once last night and once this afternoon. He has slept all day……no naughty ambushes or curtain climbing. So I shall call Joel tomorrow.

I made the goulash and it was nice. We had it with rice and dark cabbage. I do like cooking and wish I had time to do more.

Tomorrow the Rowan rep is coming. I do like seeing the new yarns and also getting to know what is being discontinued. I think Pima Cotton might go but that could just be because I have not sold much of it! Same goes for Lenpur Linen.

My socks are coming along. I have nearly finished the first one. In fact I shall finish it tonight.

November 27th

 

Jackson in his Sleeping Bag

 

I could not find Jackson this morning. I was about to start vacuuming and so wanted to know where he was.  Suddenly I found him in one of his sleeping bags. I had put it on the floor near the fire to air and he had found it and tucked himself in!  He has not regurgitated today. I looked on the internet about strictures and now wish I had not – I found this:

“Once a stricture forms, the prognosis is poor. The stricture can be widened using instruments designed for this purpose, but the narrowing usually recurs. In some cases, a stomach tube can be placed. This tube bypasses the esophagus and leads directly into the stomach. Feeding can be accomplished through this tube. Some cats have been known to tolerate a stomach tube for several months with no complications. This is a temporary measure, of course, designed to give you extra time with your cat. Ultimately, if the stricture cannot be widened enough so that food can pass through the esophagus into the stomach, the cat cannot survive and will need to be put to sleep.”

I am going to ask the vet to write to the breeder.   I think the connection between Jackson and the other Bengal who had the same problem, was far back in their blood line. They did not have parents or even grandparents in common – further back than that.  I do vaguely remember signing a disclaimer that the breeder is only responsible for any illnesses that occur within one month of purchase – I will see if I can find my own copy of it.  I don’t want any money back – I just don’t want there to be other Jacksons suffering.

On a brighter note – I bought some new boots today.

 

Russia boot with sheepskin lining.

 

There was 20% off everything in a local department store and so I took advantage!

John and Slip are out shooting – rather them than me as it is very cold here.  We are going out to eat tonight and tomorrow I am cooking Hungarian Goulash followed by apple and toffee steamed pudding!  I will write more tomorrow.

 

 

November 26th – update

Joel telephoned me at 6.0 pm. He said to see how Jackson is during the weekend. But if he seems lethargic or does not eat, I am to call immediately – day or night. He is eating at the moment and very active……pouncing on Slip and setting up ambush behind the laundry basket. He has just discovered that he can undo the wicker that it is woven from. I can see I shall have to put a new one on my shopping list soon.

So, it is a waiting game. I am undecided whether I should inform the breeder about Jackson. I wonder if a letter from the vet would be better? Thoughts anyone?

Now I am going to watch TV and plan the weekend meals. Back tomorrow.

November 26th

 

Jackson on his cat tree this morning

 

Well, my hopes for Jackson were short-lived.  He regurgitated about half an hour ago. I have telephoned the veterinary hospital and am waiting for the vet to call me back as he was with a client.  You can see where Jackson’s leg has been shaved in the photo. His pen is behind him with his elevated bowl for food fixed to the mesh of the cage so that he is upright when eating.

It is very cold here but sunny. John is shooting tomorrow and so we would not be able to take Jackson to the hospital as his basket will not fit into my car.  So I expect we will have to go on Monday.   I will write more when I have spoken to the vet.

November 25th – Second Update

Many thanks for all your messages of support – they mean a lot to me.

As I understand it, the hernia can definitely be cured but the stricture is more of a problem.  It could be that the hernia has caused it, in which case if the hernia is cured, the stricture will not enlarge.  But the stricture could be a separate genetic problem unrelated to the hernia.

Their thinking is…do the ballooning that might push the hernia back. But if no go, then they will do surgery. But it could be that the stricture is caused by a faulty sphincter  ( trap door that shuts the acid off ) and it that case it means ballooning every two months to keep him as comfy as possible.

Obviously, if the ballooning is  for the rest of his life, the cost is horrendous plus putting Jackson through this every two months.  My insurance will only cover one year for an ongoing condition and so I am looking at a large amount if it has to be done for life. Not that it really matters if you all buy some yarn!!

I am going to tell the breeder – I do not blame her, there is no way she could have known but I think she ought to know which cats in the bloodline are common to these problems.

Thanks again for your support and Jackson sends you all a whiskery kiss.