19 Responses to “Oliver”

  1. Charlene Teglia November 18, 2007 at 4:03 PM #

    I’m so sorry, Angie. It’s awful when a beloved pet goes downhill, and it’s even more awful when you have to spend a fortune just trying to identify the problem before you can even get started on fixing it. Vet costs have gone through the roof. Here’s hoping your kitty recovers with the steroids.

  2. Lauren Dane November 18, 2007 at 4:04 PM #

    Oh hon, I’m sorry. Sorry for all of this sad stuff at once. I hope the steroids do their business and Oliver perks right up. :hug:

  3. Ciar Cullen November 18, 2007 at 4:45 PM #

    Aw, Angie, I’m so sorry. I’ll say a prayer for Oliver. Our Simon was in a similar state, and they found him to be FIV positive, and the IVs and antibiotics did the trick a few years ago to get him going again. Combine that with your hard anniversaries–you have my hugs. This will pass, and you’ll get through it.

  4. Ann November 18, 2007 at 4:57 PM #

    I’m so sorry to here about your cat, it’s tough when our animals are sick and can’t tell us what’s wrong. Psycho was diagnosed with diabetes 1 1/2 years ago, but we’ve got it under control. I hope the ivs and the steroids help Oliver feel better soon.

  5. Ember November 18, 2007 at 5:28 PM #

    Sending healthy thoughts Oliver’s way. I hope he makes a quick return to his counter-hopping, window escaping days.

  6. Jaci Burton November 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM #

    I so know what a hard time this time of year is for year…now I know more than ever. Big hugs for that.

    And even bigger hugs for Oliver, as I also know what that’s all about. Still going through it with Buddy and understand that at some point we have to draw the line financially.

    Love you babe. You know my #.

  7. bettie November 18, 2007 at 6:44 PM #

    I’m sorry you’re going through such a rough patch, and I’m so sorry about Oliver. He sounds like a great cat, with lots of personality. I hope the steroid treatments help.

  8. Mel November 18, 2007 at 6:44 PM #

    As mommy to four kitties myself, your story makes me very sad. I’ve said a little prayer and asked the vet’s intervention does what it should and brings your kitty home to you, happy and healthy and ready to make your holiday’s full of smiles.


  9. Marcia November 18, 2007 at 9:17 PM #

    That’s horrible news. :hug: No matter what happens, love up on little Oliver like you never have before and continue to cherish the beautiful family you have now.

  10. Elle November 18, 2007 at 9:29 PM #

    Big hugs.

  11. Pam November 18, 2007 at 11:38 PM #


    I’ve never commented but I read your blog religiously since I discovered it a few months ago.

    I am so sorry about your cat. We had a similar problem with our stray “barn cat” turned house cat this summer. He had crystals in his urine and was “plugged.” Needless to say, $650 later, he was home and now he has to have special food only purchased at the vet’s, etc. This followed the $2000 plus horse vet bill this summer. Sooooo… beleive me I can sympathize. Animals!!! Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.


  12. Lesley November 19, 2007 at 12:03 AM #

    Oh! I hope that Oliver gets better soon and with no more outrageous bills!

    It amazes me how different prices are for vet care in different places! Which leads me to believe that some places are just way overcharging! My kitty came down with a tick borne thing last summer and couldn’t even stand up. They did a full workup and she got meds and got all better. It cost us around 400 but my friend had the same thing done in a vet’s office on the other side of town and paid twice that! It’s just insane!

    *HUGS* I’m sorry things are so tough right now!

    And what’s the deal with no payment plans! Those lamers! :disagree:

  13. Kate Davies November 19, 2007 at 1:27 AM #

    So sorry to hear that, Angie. Thoughts and prayers going out for you and Oliver.

  14. Marianne November 19, 2007 at 7:15 AM #

    I am SO sorry… I can’t imagine how you must feel.

    I am also shocked your vet won’t take payments. Sheesh…

    You’re doing what you can. I hope it’s something basic for your poor kitty and the steroids help him.

    Hang in there.

  15. Mechele Armstrong November 19, 2007 at 8:58 AM #

    Hugs on the hard time of year. I know that’s difficult.

    And especially hugs on Oliver. I hope the steroids do their work. I have a friend whose dog is 10 and had developed a lot of health issues. They are dealing with a lot of the same. It’s hard.

    Keep us informed.

  16. Jennifer Elbaum November 19, 2007 at 9:27 AM #

    SO sorry you’re having such a tough time. Hoping your precious boy pulls through.

  17. Eva Gale November 19, 2007 at 12:18 PM #

    I’m so sorry-for all of your sadness. I know how you feel with your kitty. We had something similar to us happen and it’s excruciating.

    My heart goes out to you and Oliver and I hope the medicine fixes what’s ailing him.

  18. Michelle (MG) November 19, 2007 at 5:24 PM #

    I’m so sorry Angie. I know how hard this is. My remaining cat is now 17 years old and he’s starting to have issues. Two years ago we had to put down my then 20 year old cat, who was urinating outside the box, making strange howling noises and other stuff. It was very sad. I’ve had both since they were kittens.

    I will say some prayers for your kitty. And for you and your family. The finances for vet bills are hard at any time of year, but especially during the holidays. My thoughts are with you. :hug:

  19. Lori November 19, 2007 at 5:59 PM #

    I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to have to be the decision-maker. Pets are members of our families. I hope that Oliver responds to the steroids and fluids. (((Hugs)))

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