My husband and I have two devon rex cats. Dex, our male cat, became ill over the weekend. He laid around, vomited a number of times, and refused to eat. He cried if I tried to even pick him up. At first, I thought he had some type of stomach bug. I became increasingly more concerned, and this morning I found out he had a bowel obstruction. He evidently ate a very long piece of yarn, and was not able to expel it. I rushed him to the vet this morning where they did x-rays and told me how severe the problem was. The doctor suggested surgery, but the price of that is quite high. Due to circumstances, the cost was beyond our means at this time. It was very difficult to discuss this with my husband, and then tell the doctor that we could not proceed with the surgery. He said he would sedate Dex and try to see if he could dislodge the yarn nonsurgically without rupturing his intestine. My husband and I have both been praying about the situation. We are quite attached to our cats, and our cats are quite attached to one another.
I received a phone call from the vet. The procedure was not successful. My husband and I were aware that this might be the outcome and we might have to put our cat to sleep. It is very hard to take. But the vet offered us some hope: One of the girls who works at the office is friends with an elderly lady. This elderly lady is wealthy and is not able to “get out and do much” but she likes to help in ways she can. She has volunteered to pay for Dex’s surgery. When the vet told me this, I was beyond words. Benjamin and I had prayed, but we knew his outlook was rather bleak. So, this lady whom we do not know is paying for our cat to have surgery for a life threatening illness. Wow. God provided a means when we had none. We are talking about how we can thank this woman enough. My husband suggested knitting a shawl for her….