Morpheus is a young cat with a beautiful long white coat and who loves a fuss. At about a year old he used up one of his nine lives when he was hit by a car and suffered a fractured pelvis but thankfully made a full recovery.
His owners brought him in earlier this year because he kept being sick. He was still keen to eat but vomited everything back up soon afterwards. As a result he was losing weight, had lost his ‘oomph’ and was spending most of his time asleep.
Our vet Duncan realised as soon as he saw Morpheus that there was a serious problem and immediately started investigations. Initial blood tests showed that he had severe inflammation somewhere in his body and he was anaemic. However these tests alone were not sufficient to give us a definite diagnosis.
Despite aggressive treatment with anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-vomiting drugs and gut protectants, Morpheus did not improve and so we advised exploratory surgery of his abdomen (laparotomy) to try and identify the cause of the problem.
When we opened into his abdomen we found that his small intestine was very swollen just before the junction with the large intestine. Duncan incised into his intestine and found a large shiny mass inside blocking it completely.
As the mass was firmly attached to the inner gut wall we had to completely remove a portion of his small intestine and re-join the cut ends using a technique known as anastomosis. This has to be done with great care to make sure the join is water-tight; if not then gut contents leak out and cause peritonitis with often fatal consequences.
Biopsy results from the mass showed the presence of plant material, so Morpheus must have eaten something sharp from the garden which had penetrated the wall of his intestine and the reaction to this had caused the blockage.
Morpheus recovered well after surgery and amazingly by very next day he had started to eat properly without being sick! Within a few days he was back to his normal self and putting on weight . So that’s the second of his lives gone and let’s hope he doesn’t start helping in the garden again!