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There were several people following Nibbler's progress back in August/September.

http://www.catforum.com/forum/38-health-nutrition/134960-kitten-hit-car-broken-pelvis.html

I stopped updating the thread, because things got really busy for me and I suppose I just forgot. Many things have changed since I last updated the thread. Nibbler grew strong enough to be put under for surgery. He had a double perenial hernia. His first surgery was his neuter along with a hernia repair on his left side. It was discovered that his bladder, yes his bladder, had migrated through his pelvic canal and was bulging in his hernia. The bladder does not belong next to the anus, no wonder he was having such a poop drama! So they pushed his bladder back through and did what they could on the hernia (it was huge).

And there, Nibbler's second drama chapter began.

That day, the bladder went back through his pelvic canal and came out the on other side. And so he had to have yet another surgery that day (surgery count so far, 2, 3 if you count the neuter) through his abdomen to tack his bladder to his abdominal wall. I took him home the next day with instructions to monitor him, especially his urine output. Fortunately, his bladder remained where it was and his urination was not affected. However, his diarrhea was back and it began harder than ever to keep him clean, especially with his new incisions. About three weeks later he was healing up pretty good and we got him into a specialist to look into fixing up his hernia's once and for all. So in the end of November, just before Thanksgiving, Nibbler when down again to have a double hernia repair. The surgery went well, and they were able to fully reduce the hernias. But I was leaving for Thanksgiving so Nibbler had to stay at the shelter. When I picked him up a few days later, he was completely soiled. There was poop matted over his incision so that I couldn't see it. What I could see was swelling and pus- it was infected. On top of that, he had a bad URI. It seemed like Nibbler's problems were never ending. :-(

That night, as I sat there trying to clean him off while he screamed and cried in horrible pain, I cried for him. I didn't know how much longer I could continue seeing him like this. I had some people from my class telling me that "you need to know when to throw in the towel, otherwise you are going to be emotionally drained" and I knew that I was the only reason Nibbler was still alive. That when I decided to give up, he would probably be euthanized. With this in mind, I was quite heavy hearted when I brought him to the clinic the next day. Euthanasia was discussed, because he was so sick, and his diarrhea was still just awful. But the wonderful Dr. Casey talked me into giving it another go, at least a couple more weeks. Together we cleaned him fully, removed some of his sutures, drained his infected incisions, and gave him a complete booty shave to help me in keeping him clean. He was also given a month-long course of medicines; first Clavamox, then Metronidazole, and finally some probiotics. He was put on prescription canned food (EN) and sensitive tummy kibbles. I brought him home, still having little hope, but at least he was clean.

Amazingly, he began to show signs of improvement the very next day. The new diet began to work wonders, and his diarrhea soon disappeared. His muscles back there were weak, and it was replaced with constipation. So there was still poop drama, but he was keeping his cage clean for full days at a time, which was a first for Nibbler. Within a week of starting his medication regime and new diet, Nibbler was a new kitty.

Now it's to the point where I am letting him have run of the house for much of the day. He's so big and strong now, and the fur on his booty is nearly haf way grown back. His incisions can no longer be seen, and his hernias are a thing of the past. I have suspicions that he will always be a "special needs" kitty, as he is still prone to constipation due to his narrowed pelvic canal from the accident. He still has accidents from time to time, which puts a huge hitch in his chances of getting adopted.

And so comes the big announcement.

I think I'm going to keep Nibbler. I know I have said my limit is three... but I'm all Nibbler has right now. He hasn't yet reached adoptable status, no one is sure if he ever will. And he fits right in with my gang. Chica isn't too fond of his antics, but Nito and Cinder play with him. He loves to wrestle. Also, he loves to cuddle. He is so loving, and his purr is louder than any cat I have ever heard. He went from feral to house kitty and I don't think Nibbler would want to ever go back. He's still very afraid when you move at him too quickly, and he gets spooked by large moving objects and loud noises... how can you blamed him after what he went through? Anyways... there is still a chance he might be adopted someday, but as of now he's not ready and is perfectly happy in his "long term foster" situation. The clinic said they will happily provide his medical care free of cost, as long as I continue to care for his "special needs". So money is not an issue.

Without further ado, before I bore you by droning on any more, here is the most recent pick of little Nibbler (who really isn't so little any more!!)



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Wow, that's amazing! He's so cute!
 

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Rach, I had missed your first thread altogether, but reading it now, I'm so impressed with everything you've done for Nibbler. It sounds like a personal crusade on your part to make him live, and sure enough, he did. You have incredible patience and determination.

Nibbler is a cutie! I bet he's happy to have run of the house now.
 

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Thanks October, it means a lot for me to hear that. It really has been hard, he was so demanding for such a long time! There were times when I was ready to give up :-( I so glad that I didn't. He's such an awesome little guy, such a personality!
 

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I love the people of Cat Forum! RachandNito, you are a wonderful person; Nibbler is a very blessed kitty to have you.

And Nibbler looks to be an adorable and wonderful little fellow himself. Congratulations on the new family addition! :love2
 

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There must be a special place in heaven who work so hard and give up so much to help animals this way. Nibbler is such a lucky guy.

Good on you :)
 

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This is truly a tale that brings tears to my eyes. It reinforces my faith that there are kind people in the world. You are certainly one of them. Darn, I might have to make excuses as to why I'm all tear stained here at work. Nibbler has come a long way. He's so cute. He's also so lucky to have found you. Anyone one else wouldn't have given a second chance.
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone :) Nibbler really did luck out, even though he was hit with such bad luck so early in life! There aren't a lot of people who work for places like I do, that will give him the vet care that he needs, and for no cost. His story has touched the hearts of a lot of people, and I am so thankful for his vets Dr. Casey and Dr. Young, as well as the vet school surgeon who volunteered his time to do the final four hour surgery to fix Nibbler up. I never imagined him being so active and energetic... he doesn't limp at all from his injury!! The only indication of his old injury is his slightly narrow crooked hips. He walks with a sort of saunter... like Scar from the Lion King :-D
 

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What a wonderful story and a lovely kittie. Nibbler is very lucky to have you in his life. I'm glad that everything is working out so well!
 

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I'm glad to hear Nibbler's health has improved, and that he is fitting in so well with your other kitties! I bet he will reward you with lots of snuggles!
 

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Awwww! I would adopt him, if I could! I wouldn't mind the extra care needed for him...but it's the financial stuff that would get me :/
 

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Yea, it's really nice that the shelter clinic takes care of all his medical needs for me. I love working there! I don't really mind the extra care either, it's actually nothing compared to my Chica who likes to do #2 on the floor right beside the litter box! :-/
 

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It truly amazes me what people would do to save a cat! Reading about Nibbler brought tears to my eyes. You are a wonderful cat person with a heart of gold!!!
 

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Yes you are a wonderful cat person. Nibbler looks like my Razzle when he was young who is now 16. God bless you. The world needs more people like you and more vets like you have found

Kathy
 
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