Friday, March 14, 2008

Furious Friday

EDIT: Thank you all so much for the flood of support! We are grateful to be a part of a community so full of nice kitties and beans. As for the V-E-T, me and my family are grateful we will not have to deal with her anymore. I wish I could tell each of you how much I really appreciate all the kind words. Thank you to Daisy, The Taylor Catssss, the Zoolatry kitties' mom, Skeezix and everyone for everything you have said and done for us, it has really been a comfort. --Percy

I'm ok - I'm getting lots of rest. I have my own room and I don't have share my food or litterbox with any of my brofurs or sisfurs. I'm a little lonely, but I get tons of attention when mom and dad get home from day hunting. They have been sad and I don't really understand why.

Percy's Mom here - unfortunately the news from the vet has not been good and we're not taking it very well. The biopsy came back as non-metastasized nerve sheath sarcoma. After we were told this, we got the worst news of all, she did not remove all the tumor in the first surgery. She anticipates the tumor to regrow and he will likely lose two of his toes. We are in the process of getting a second opinion. We are also incredibly furious. We wanted to chose the path of the least amount of vet visits for our boy. He hates the vet and gets so very upset. So when faced with our options to biopsy, then move forward or to go ahead and remove all the lump then biopsy, we opted to remove all of the lump then biopsy. We understood at the time this meant he may lose a toe. We were so relieved when he was able his toe and she didn't tell us until she let us know what his biopsy results were that she had failed to remove all of the tumor. We're furious and devastated that this is just the beginning of things to come for our boy. I'm not really sure what to think of the vet at this point, did she just make a bad decision that was completely opposite of how she told us she would proceed, did she assume it wasn't cancer so she tried to keep his toe? If that was going to be the case maybe she shouldn't have pressured us into surgery so quickly and have disclosed more to us before we put him through this. We made our decision based on the fact that regardless of what the lump was, it could have grown back and caused him discomfort, so I wanted it completely removed, in one swoop. At the same time I really can't help but feel she's a little greedy, she charged us for quite a few extras that were never listed on the quote, and however necessary they were, it seems that she should have included them as they were completely foreseeable. We have our Emily on a very expensive asthma treatment and we didn't really flinch in front of the vet when faced with the cost of the surgery - in some ways I kind of feel as though she's trying to take advantage of the fact that we want what is best for our cats regardless of cost. All I really know, is we need a new vet, and the next few months will be full of difficult decisions. Please keep my boy in your thoughts and we will keep you posted as much as we can. Thank you for all your purrs, I wish I had better news.


Daisy said...

Oh no. I am so sorry to learn this news, and that he has to go and have another procedure to get the rest of the tumor. I can understand why you are upset and angry at how this was handled. Sending healing and comforting purrs.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Oh Sweetie! We are so sorry that you have to have another surgery. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Purrs & Prayers from our home to yours!!!!

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Percy, we are keeping you in our purrayers and thoughts and sending positive healing energy your way. Take care little guy!

Laila and Lilly

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

I'm so sorry to hear all fo this and really sorry that he'll have to go through another surgry. It's really unexceptable. I think you're right in going after another opinion on Percy. It also sounds like the vet is trying to take advantage of you financially, and that's just wrong.

I will purrr for Percy and hopefully he will be able to get well soon!

Gemini and Ichiro said...

We are very sorry to hear about Percy. It's always frustrating to have that happen.

As a healthcare provider and someone who worked as a veterinary receptionist--I am more concerned with your lack of faith in the vet than in anything she did.

If you are uncomfortable with how they handled things, get a second opinion. Call around and see who you feel cares about you and Percy and the fact that he hates leaving home.

It's a hard call when removing tumors. Docs do make mistakes and you don't really know until all the tests are in if you've gone far enough. With human surgeries they often have someone from the lab look at tissue from the edges of the surgical margin to see if there are any obvious cellular changes which will give them an estimate on whether they "got it all". Even then, there are times when they didn't.

I am sorry that didn't work out for Percy. However, if you are not comfortable with that vet for any reason or feel she is not being up front with you, definitely get a second opinion.

We are all only human and while we try and minimize mistakes, we can't eliminate them. We do however need to always act with compassion and understanding for the people we are treating.

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

I am so sorry for your ordeal. I hope Percy gets through this as easy as possible.

I would ask your Vet why she changed the method of treatment to which you gave consent.
Getting a second opinion is a great idea. There are a few websites that let people rate opinions and write reviews on local Vets, I found it helpful to read when I was looking for a new Vet after we moved a while ago.

best wishes,
Icon's Mama & family

Rosie & Cheeto said...

Percy's peepul- oh, we are so sorry to hear about all you and Percy have gone through. Thinkbpositice thoughts and we will to the same.
Percy- yoo are so fortunate to have such wondurful peepul who love yoo and only want the best fur yoo! Stay strong buddy!
We are keeping you all in owr purrs and owr lady said she would keep you all in hur prayers.

Rosie and Cheeto

Around Your Wrist said...

deep healing and comforting purrs to you during this hard time.

mom says you're on the right track with your plans for the second opinion from a different v-e-t.

ben fuzz
lucy fur

Artsy Catsy said...

Oh, Percy, we're so sorry that you have to go through this again! We'll be purring & purraying that it's as easy for you as possible.

Maybe you could get your mom to put some Bach's Rescue Remedy in your water for a couple of days before you go to the vet ... and rub some around your ears the day you go to the vet. I'm TERRIFIED of riding in the car and of the vet, and my mom uses it for me and it really helps. Your mom can get it at a health food store.

And my mom says a second opinion is definitely in order. We had similar problems with our vets here, until we finally found a good one in Indianapolis, 70 miles away, so we have to take LONG car rides when we go. Is there by any chance a good veterinary college near you?

Purrs from all of us,

The Cats Stephens said...

I totally understand the human element to this and if it was just an error that would be perfectly fine. But there's a lot of things that didn't sit right with me from the beginning with her and I do blame myself for not walking out of the office and never coming back when they handled Emily roughly. She pushed very hard for the surgery, saying it would be the best chance to get it all quickly and implied the biopsy would just be torture on top of torture for our baby. My husband and I made our own mistakes, we were worried and wanted to act quickly when we should have got a second opinion from the get go.

I have had pets since I was born, I have seen my share of vets, I have had incredible ones and ones I would never see again, but I just get the sense from her that something is off and I can't shake the way she nickles and dimes us. It doesn't sit well with me. I understand you can factor in every detail when writing a quote for an operation, however, I think things like stitch removal and antibiotics are foreseeable expenses. There's a lot more than just this, the surgery ended up being about $150 above cost (so far) after they were done with all their little charges. A mistake I can handle, but I really do feel as though I'm being taken advantage of because I love my boy and would do anything for him. It's hard to explain, it's more just a gut feeling that something about the way this has gone on is really not right.

But no, we will not be going back there again. And we will choose very carefully who treats him this time.

Anonymous said...

oh no - how furry awful for you! we're sorry you're gonna hafta go through more of this. we're sending lotsa love and purrs.

pee ess: we like to sleep "in" the bed too, but the people put a big piece of wood under the box springs so we can't get into our hidey hole anymore. bummer. huge bummer.
Rascal & Riley

LZ said...

This is very disturbing, we are sorry you're so frustrated with your VET. At times like these you really need a health care professional you can rely on. Just keep letting your humans make the best choices for you, I know they have your best interests first and foremost on their minds.


Rocky, Angie & S'more said...

Aww, we are so sorry to hear about Percy's plight. We will be purring and praying very hard for him. We agree with many of the other bloggers - you should follow your best instincts and seek a second opinion.

Lots of Love,
Rocky, Angie, S'more & our Mommy, Karen xo

Zoolatry said...

Dear Percy & Family: we are so sorry to hear all this news, and we hope you find a really good doctor cause that's what you deserve, especially after what you have been through. All the best to you all, luv 'n cuddles 'n purrs, we'll check back often to see how things are coming along.
Maggy and Zoey, from Zoolatry

Mr. Hendrix said...

oh i'm so sorry to hear this. my mommy and daddy would be very upset too. perhaps your second opinion will bring better news or a better option.
we wish percy was feeling all better for sure. it is hard on everyone when the fluffy ones are sick.

sending you puuuuuuurrrrrrrrrssss and prayers of comfort, healing and a happy ending.

Carolina Cats said...

Oh pore Percy!! We is so sorry to heer abowt yore toesies. We hope you get to feeling better and we'll send lots of purrs and nosekisses and headbumps 'til you do.

Finny Buddy & Jasmine

PS from Mom - Trust your gut in regards to your vet. To be positive that you are doing all you can for Percy, you have to have complete faith in the people you allow to care for him. Percy knows you are doing all you can and he will always love you for that. --Nora

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Finns mommy said it straight from the heart! Trust your gut! SInce you are walking away from the Vet whom you trusted to do the best for sweet percy, there is no sense in comfronting her with your true feelings unless it serves some purpose to clear the air. SOmetimes that does help. You must NOT blame yourself about any wrong desicion because each one you make is the right one at THAT momment. Now it is time to find a more compassionate Vet who will work with his heart in this problem. I'd be going from one Vet clinic to the next to get a feel for the atmosphere.
Please know how mush I care and will keep you in my most special thoughts and purrrrayers.
Soft hugs Miss Peach and her mommy karla

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Oh goodness ... We are so sorry that you're going through such a hard time. You have our purrs an' purrayers.

Rhiannon said...

I am very sorry that they didnt get all of your tumor, Hugggs and Fuurs From Churchy, who just had a Hoo-Haa_ectomy, yesterday, we hope you and your family are doing good, and you are in our thoughts and prayers,

Rhiannon, mike, Maddie, Katie bug, and Churchy ( churchill ) ^_^

Anonymous said...

Percy, you are in our thoughts, boy! We are gonna purr really hard for you and both our staff are sending healing thoughts!!

Purrs & love,
Karl & Ruis

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Meowm and I are so very sorry to hear this! Visits to the v-e-t-s are hard enough to have to do just once in awhile!

Meowm and I will be purraying and purring for a truly good v-e-t to be found and everything to get taken care foe quickly, and for complete and quick healing.

Mickey's Musings said...

This is just too much!! How do you feel about having this Vet(so called) operating on Percy in light of what she did and did not do? Trust is very important and I do not believe she is worthy of trust!I think she owes you somewhat of a refund as she did not do as you wished!
Percy has a serious problem,you NEED a Vet you can TRUST completely!
Hugs for Percy .

Samantha & Mom said...

Oh my goodness! We are so sorry to hear about Percy! We will purr, purray and send healing vibes to him!
So sorry your Vet is not being so good for you, but go with your guts and a second opinion never hurts!
Purrrrrrr and ((((((healing hugs)))),
Your FL furiends,

Skeezix the Cat said...

This is vary vary sad news, and we're vary sad that more surjery is in Percy's future. We're purraying hard for yoo!

Anonymous said...

oh, noes--we are furry sorry to learn that li'l percy will hafta go froo this all again. stay strong, buddy!! we is purrin' an' purrrayin' for you an' yer beans!!!

hugs & sandpaper kisses--
nels, ed, nitro, an' xing

Forty Paws said...

We're very sorry to hear that you received bad news. This sucks. We just switched vets ourselves to an all cat vet and are thrilled because she knows cats so much better than our previous one. We're sending you many positive thoughts and purrs for the upcoming months and your decisions for Percy.

Luf, Us

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

O, Percy, am so sorry to hear this. After all you's been through. The good news is it hasn't spread.
Pleese, if there is anyway we can help, just ask. Fund-raiser, whatever.
Love & Purrs, KC

Unknown said...

we are purring and prurrying for you and your family!

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

I came over as soon as I haeard the news from Daisy. I am so sorry to hear about all of this. Not knowing much about the condition and the ways of the vet, I tend to agree with what Chey and Gemini suggested. In the meantime, I am purring hard for Percy and hope that all goes well for him.

Max said...

Oh man...this bites. I hope you find a much better vet and really fast, so that he doesn't have to go through too much more.

Chances are the vet really does have his best interests at heart, but vets are just people after all and don't always make the best call. It really sux when they don't make the best call when it's YOU on the line.

I have my paws crossed for Percy and hope that he does mighty fine in spite of it all.

Karen said...

I am sorry to hear about this. I will purr hard for everyone. I am sorry the vet is putting you threw this

Kimo and Sabi said...

Purrrrs Purrrrrs! We hopes you find a new vet - we goes to a vet that ONLY help cats so she knows everything about cats.

We hopes Percy is feeling better soon - surgeries is not fun!

Tiger Lily said...

Oh Percy! I am so sorry that the v-e-t did not do what she said she would. That would be the last time Mom would step foot in that place except to pick up records for the new v-e-t. I hope your Mom and Dad can find a good v-e-t who can be trusted. Please be brave when you have to go see the new one. We will purrrrrrr hard for you.

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

Oh, this is not good. We'z gonna purray really hard fur Percy to heal and dat yoo guys can find a vet that actually lissens to what yoo want...

The Furry Bambinos said...

We are so sorry to hear about this. We went through a similar experience with a vet treating one of our cats for cancer. As hard as it is, please try not to be too hard on yourself. The vet took advantage of you because you were vulnerable.

Yet, when another of our cats developed cancer, we had good experiences with a different vet and clinic. I don't know where you are located, but I know of several good vets in the Cleveland/Akron Ohio area. Feel free to contact me directly (

If you are not in the Ohio area, perhaps there is another blogger who is in your area who may have recommendations for vets. Maybe those of us in the Cat Blogosphere should try to help each other out when in need of a vet or vet specialist referral.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mom Sue (to Padre, Panda Bear, and Meerkat)

The Lee County Clowder said...

We think Forty Paws put it best: THIS SUCKS!

Sending healing purrrrrss to Percy, and a bit {{hug}} for the whole family.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Make that 'big' hug, not 'bit' hug.


Ginger The Cat said...

I will purr-ay for sweet Percy.

Monica said...

Percy, I'm sorry to hear about your paw and how they tortured you at the V.E.T.'s. It was not very nice of them to not do it all at once... I hope that your people find you a better V.E.T. soon and will be able to trust them more. I'm glad to hear that your sarcoma is non-metastasized though. At least there is some good news... Get better soon. Phoebe Joey and I are going to send our purrs your way.

Milton said...

Percy, Dood, I'm purrin' & purrin' & purrin' & purrin' for you to get better soon!

I can understand how you feel. It is so hard to know what to decide when you don't have confidence in the Vet. I don't think that she handled this very well. I hope you find a new vet that is more forth coming and has Percy's best interest as their primary concern.
---Beezer's mombean

Just Ducky said...

Purrs to you on your big VET visit. Percy we are purring for you really hard.

The Meezers or Billy said...

we are so sorry to hear this. you are right, you do need a new vet. that seems inexcuseable to me.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. - MeezerMomMary

Percy, we is sending you big purrrrss and headbutts.

Boots, Ozzie and Brenda said...

Your are in our thoughts and purrayers Percy.

Ninja & Brenda

Jimmy Joe said...

Hey Percy, my creamy ginger-and-white buddy, I am so sorry that you will have to have more yucky v-e-t visits for your poor toe. I'm sure your momma and daddy will find you the best doctor ever and you will still have very mancatly paddy paws, even if you do lose a toe or two. You can be an honorary pirate cat!
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Anonymous said...

Oh, Percy -- please know that my brothers, sister and I are purring hard for you -- we are so sorry to hear this news. Sending lots of love and comfort to you -- and we are sending many, many healing vibes!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

momsbusy said...

we is purrayin fer yu percy. we donts like goin to the vet efer.


The Cat Realm said...

We only just heard - we are so sorry! But it seems you are not going to this VET anymore and it seems to me also that even if you might lose two toes - which of course is bad - but you will be well again? As the cancer has not spread, right???? We purr for you and keep you in our thoughts!!!!
Lots of healing purrs
Mrs. OZ and Emil

jenianddean said...

Oh Percy - we are so sorry to hear that you are going to have to have another procedure. We will all be sending you healing purrs and prayers.

And as for the Vet - my mom and dad completely under how your mom and dad feel. It is so frustrating to think that they are preying on our beans' emotions. We had a vet sort of like that and with four cats it can get very expensive fast!

Take care!!
-The McKitten-Cats

Anonymous said...

Sweet Percy,
We will be thinking about you and praying for you to find a wonderful vet to take great care of you.
MamaCat & the FurryPurries
Ozzy, Alice, Bootsie, Freckles, Lola & Dandelo

Tara said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Percy, I'm purrin' for you.


I agree with the others, if it doesn't feel right, go else where. There is usually a reason for that.

Tara's Mom

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Oh no! We are so sorry to hear about this. :( Percy, we are sending lots of healing purrs your way and hope that you find a wonderful new vet.

Kaz's Cats said...

Oh Percy, we only just read about your bad news. We're so sorry that you've got to have more surgery. We're sending you our purrayers and purrs so that you get better soon - we also hope that your Mom and Dad find a good, experienced vet who has be best interests of kitties at heart to look you, and your brothers and sisters. Hope you're enjoying having your own room,

Purrs & gentle headbutts

Gypsy & Tasha & Karen (Mum)

Parker said...

Dear Percy - we are gonna' be praying that you get this fixed with the least amount of stress to you.
Dear Percy's Mom - you should always trust your gut. I work in healthcare and you should have known all of the "little extra" charges that were possible up front. Something doesn't ring right. But most importantly if you just plain don't feel right about the vet, get another one, take Percy's records and see someone that you trust.
All of our purrs and prayers to Percy and to you.

Jan Price said...

Don't blame yourself. You made your decisions based on what you were told by one who was evidently less than honest with you. There are caring vets out there and you'll find one right for Percy.

We're sorry you all are having to go through this.

Sending purrs and licks,
Jan's Funny Farm

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I am purrng very hard for Percy.
I hate the vet too.

Mom says get the second opinion but do not be angry.. you might discuss the additional costs not included with the first vet, and be up front and tell the first vet how you feel


Rascal said...

I am very sorry to hear this. Having recently had surgery myself and being diagnosed with feline lymphoma, I know something of what you're going through. One surgery is hard enough. Purrs and prayers to you!

Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

Oh, Percy, Willow and I are sending over lots of purrs for you. Our mom agrees with the others - you must have a v-e-t that you can trust.

Purrrrrrs, China Cat

meemsnyc said...

We are so sorry to hear about the news and your Vet. We are thinking of Percy and thinking positive thoughts for you little guy.

Anonymous said...

We were so sorry to read this. We know your parents want the very best for you. Hopefully you will find a better vet.

Chrissie said...

Percy, I'm purring for you and hope your mom and dad can find a better v-e-t to take care of just rest up, dude!

Tiff said...

We are sending ridiculously POSITIVE vibes/thoughts your way.

~Meg & Jack (The Guyzos)

Moki The Wobbly Cat said...

Hi Percy,

It's very nice to meet you. I am so sorry to hear about everything you and your bean are facing. Did you ask the vet why she chose not to remove all of the mass during the first surgery? It sounds kind of funny to me that she would want to put you under multiple surgeries, since there is a risk of death associated with anesthetics (thats why they make us sign all those waviers...) and even the most controlled hospital environment carrings the risk of an infection being spread to a patient. Is there someone else you can see??? I would definately get another opinion.

Mickey's Musings said...

Hi Percy, just wanted to say I'm still purraying for you :)
Purrs Mickey

Karen Jo said...

Percy, I am sending positive thoughts and prayers to you. I hope that you can find a new vet and get that nasty cancer taken care of quickly. I understand what you are going through with the vet. Follow your gut feelings and take Percy elsewhere.

Tiki, Kirby, and StanLee said...

We are so sorry about what happened to Percy. We hope you find a good new vet and that Percy will feel better soon.

The Crew said...

Percy, we've started purrin' for you!

Black Cat said...

I'm so sorry Percy. I can't understand why anyone would become a vet if they would put money before the best interests of the animal. Crossed fingers, toes (and eyes!) and lots of love and healing vibes coming your way:) xxx

The Furry Fighter said...

ise just read bout you on the blogosphere ise hope the second procedure works out - and you don't get charged!!!

most of all ise sorry you got the cancer thing - i got it too, i'm in remission at the moment though.

there are some links to some good feline cancer resources on my blog

love Stormie

Smeagol and Strider, Mystery (Sunnin' at the Bridge) and Gizmo too! said...

We're so sorry you haves to go through all this. We're purrin' and purrayin' furry hard for you and your family, Percy.

admin said...

Nice to meet ya, we purring hard & send our purrayers furr you.....we hope everything will be fine.

Felinesopher and her kitties gank, Meaouwy Troops from Jakarta

Anonymous said...

we were thinking about you and stopped by to see how you're doing. we're all sending love & healing purrs.

The Furry Kids said...

We're sending lots of purrs and purrayers your way.

Astrid (…and the kitties too) said...

we are so sorry to hear all that bad mews about Percy but we will continue to purray for all of you. we hope you'll get some good mews soon and Percy is recovering real quick.

purrrs, K&O

Mickey's Musings said...

I just wanted todrop by and say Thank You, for taking on the
Cat Friends Helping Friends charity/fundraiser.
Given that you also have a very sick Percy to look after,makes this offer of yours so much more amazing!!
I hope Percy is doing better and That you find a more understanding ,compassionate Vet.
Purrs Mickey

Willow said...

I just came over to let you know that China Cat & I are still sending over strong purrs for you, Percy!

We also want to thank your Mom Trisha for helping out with the Cat Friends Helping Friends - what a very nice mom you have!

Purrrrrrrs, Willow

Willow said...

I just came over to let you know that China Cat & I are still sending over strong purrs for you, Percy!

We also want to thank your Mom Trisha for helping out with the Cat Friends Helping Friends - what a very nice mom you have!

Purrrrrrrs, Willow

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Please know you are in our purrs. We are sending super good vibes too.

It seems that vets do that a lot, not disclose the whole cost, and then surprise you with a lot of other charges, just when you are so devastated and worried, you can't think straight.

CalicoMom Toni

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

We just came by to see if der was any news on Percy and to let yoo know we is still purring and purraying fur him and fur yoo. We also want to say a big THANK YOU for stepping up to keep Cat Friends Helping Friends going. Da cat blogosphere is da best bunch in da whole planet.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

You having been a part of healthcare for so long, and having worked in a vet, I know go into a potential vet and say, "Hey I'm a difficult client. I love my cats. I'm an alternative healthcare provider so I won't always want to do what you want me to because I want to try non traditional paths. Can you work with me?"

What they say to that tells me a lot.

We've been running so much the last few days we haven't been back. I hope you have found someone who makes you feel like they are listening and are there for Percy and not the money.

Really we have not meant any criticism to you at all--it's just that being in the business, we always feel we can't say anything that might be negative without a disclaimer.

Mr. Hendrix said...


Chancy, Jake, Babe and Ernies Voice said...

We totally understand your feelings about the vet and finding another vet. We had a similar problem...we will not make that mistake again. We did finally find a caring vet and we will stick with them. We have to drive twice as far, but it is worth it for a good loving vet that cares.
It's also a gut feeling! If the gut doesn't think it's right, then it probably isn't.

We are praying for you Percy.
Chancy, Jake & Ernie's Voice

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We will be purring for Percy. We wish the vet had gotten all of it. Percy stay strong you will be in our thoughts. ~Scylla, Charybdis & Socks

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...


Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy Easter. You will be in our purrs Percy. ~Scylla, Charybdis & Socks

Fat Eric said...

Happy Easter my friends...and special big purrs for Percy from one big mancat to another.

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Percy ... We're so glad that you're feelin' better an' that you'll never have to go to THAT V-E-T efurr again.

Happy Easter!
Teleport over for some ham at 5 PDT.


Mr. Hendrix said...

we're just checking in. we hope you had a nice relaxing weekend and Percy is feeling better. he is in our purrs and prayers for sure!

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