Yes, this is bad news. I'm sorry... Here, let's start with this..
|seriously, aren't they freakin adorable?|
Okay, so back to the bad news.
I know, quite a shock isn't it? I don't believe I mentioned to you that I thought Lori was born without a breast bone. I only realized it about a week or so ago when she started developing little mats in her fur directly under her rib cage and I found she had a little divot there. I have had a couple of kittens over the years that had this same deformity and they all seemed to be just fine. I did mention it to the staff when I brought them in this morning and they mentioned it to the vet.
(I also want to mention how everyone who saw them remarked at how well they were looked and were doing.. They improved so dramatically it was nice to see that recognized)
I spoke to the vet after I found out what had happened, and he said that sometimes when they have this type of deformity the pericardial sack can be attached to the wall of the chest and cause some serious problems. He said they usually have very strong heart murmurs when it happens and he did not hear any of that with her, so he felt it was safe to continue. She lived through the surgery and arrested as they were bringing her out of it. He worked to save her but it wasn't to be.
I asked him if he had been able to save her if she would have had a good quality of life and he said he believed that she wouldn't. He believes that as she continued to grow the attachment would have made it more and more difficult for her heart to work properly and it might even have had an effect on her lungs. The chances that her quality of life would have been impeded until she died was great. I take a small amount of solace in that, that and she died knowing she was loved, that she had regular meals and a lifetime of kisses.
What really hurts is Lena has been left behind without her sister.
|Lena and her little shaved belly|
I intend to keep her here for a while. I do not know how long.. I am thinking at least through Christmas. We'll make that decision on a day to day basis.. Maybe she will tell me that she doesn't want to be here any more and is ready to move on, maybe she will fall in love with the babies and want to stay with them. I just do not know. Because she is going to be here, she will be on the webcam and she will be in the photos
|I am so going to hiss at you.. but not at Lena.. I like her..|