Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Dante came home yesterday afternoon.  We are so thrilled to have him home, but wary because his condition still needs close monitoring and ongoing treatment.

He has been diagnosed with 'megacolon' which is more common in larger cats and dogs.

"Megacolon is an abnormal dilation of the colon (a part of the large intestine). The dilation is often accompanied by a paralysis of the peristaltic movements of the bowel. In more extreme cases, the feces consolidate into hard masses inside the colon, called fecalomas (literally, fecal tumor), which can require surgery to be removed."

Our vet, Dr. Mary Kinch of Orleans Veterinary Hospital, was responsible (with some help from Dr. Als) for the removal of most of Dante's impacted feces.  Even the male vet's hands, which were larger, weren't able to totally clear the 'backlog'.

However, when they looked at the X-Rays afterwards, they thought perhaps Dante could eliminate the rest of the stool on his own with help from medications and specialized food.  So, we were able to take him home on the understanding that he would need to come back for another manual removal procedure if he did not poop on his own.

We are happy to report, that after only one night at home, WE HAVE POOP!  There were two huge and heavy brown clumps in his litter this morning, along with a third one which appeared to be pee.  Dante wasn't the only one sighing with relief!


Here are some pictures at the vet hospital, and later on at home.  Warning:  There are some graphic images.

This is Dr. Kinch showing us how Dante is doing before we take him home. 

 Apparently Dante was a real trooPURR and didn't cause them any problems even when things got quite unpleasant.

 I think Dante probably knew that the vet was trying to help him.  She is a lovely lady both inside and out and I'm sure her presence was a calming influence.

Before we took Dante home, Dr. Kinch wanted to show us his X-Rays.  

This is Dante lying on his side and those are mega-feces inside him.  They are even larger than those produced by most humans.

This is Dante lying on his back which gives another view of the impacted stools.

And here's a close-up.  You can see how uncomfortable the poor guy must have been, even though he only exhibited signs of distress late last week.

And here is the 'after' shot.  You can see that the fecal matter is much reduced.  Thank you Dr. Kinch and Dr. Als for your diligence and willingness to work under very stinky conditions.  

Apparently it took about two hours to remove the bulk of the feces.  They were very hard and very malodorous.  The fumes PURRmeated all the back rooms and even brought some of the veterinary technicians to their knees.

However, Dante wasn't the only trooper that day.  The doctors did their duty (well, Dante's doody, that is) and still kept their sense of humour.  We salute you!

Here is Dante with Dada.  Dante is wrapped in a towel because they shaved his butt and part of his beautiful tail. 

Dante is getting a kiss from Dada who knows all too well what it's like to be in the hospital.

Dante's eyes are so much larger and brighter than they were just a couple of days ago.  He is feeling more like his old self.  And Dada is just beaming with joy!

 So here is Dante at home licking his butt.  Due to the laxatives, he has some dribbles.  I asked Walter to remind me not to kiss Dante on his mouth (like I usually do) anytime soon.

This is a picture of Dante's shaven area.  His tail almost looks like he had a lion cut.  I have whited out the offending part with a star.   He is enjoying the scent of a little bit of catnip which I scattered around.  He needs something to offset those rank fumes coming out of his butt!

Since Dante came home he has been eating and drinking very well.  He was absolutely ravenous at first.  Mama has bought him (and his furblings) a new ceramic water fountain.   It's very important that Dante keeps himself well hydrated with his condition.  

All in all, it's been a very moving experience, both physically and emotionally.  We hope that Dante's condition can be successfully managed at home because the alternative is ultimately a major surgery.

I would like to thank all of you, too, who have left consoling comments and purred for Dante throughout this ordeal.  I'm sure that Dante felt every vibration that was sent his way.  Now that's he's feeling better, all your purrs are coming back through him right to my grateful ears.


Kea said...

I'm so glad he's home and has made output on his own. Continued purrs from the boys that you can manage his condition without any further surgery. Lots of hugs to you too!

Terri said...

We can only imagine how miserable Dante must have been! What a trooper at the vet's! We are so happy he is home and pray diet and medications keep things "moving" :)

Mandu said...

Thank goodness you are home again, Dante!
Actually, that was more than I needed to know, but once in my life, I'm glad I'm a smaller 11 lb kitty.
Stay well, big boy!

Judi said...

Smiles and tears of joy...

katsrus said...

Tears of joy here too. I am so glad he is home. That sounds like it must of been painful for all. Purrs and hugs.
Sue B
Charlie, Cashew, Garfield, Tubby

Unknown said...

Wes is doing the happy dace here!!! We will keeps Dante in our purrayers that every thing keeps going smoothly!

ZOOLATRY said...

Yay for DANTE ... you are a STAR in every way we can think of, and are happy you are home now. Just do well, and stay there. Love, the Zoolatry Girls.

ZOOLATRY said...

We don't know if our comment got "caught" or not, so, sorry, this might be a duplicate ... but we are so glad DANTE is home ... he is truly a STAR in every way we can think of. Love from the Zoolatry Girls.

Mr Puddy said...

Hooray ! I'm so glad he is safe and he is home, and most impawtant......POO !
Many hugs to the pawrents

da tabbies o trout towne said...

dood,,,way happee ewe bee home N on de road ta ree coveree....sorree ya had ta go thru thiz, sorree bout yur tail furs....but they will grown bak....pleez rememburr ta due az yur mom says N follow de diet ewe gotta follow sew ya DONT end up bak at de ewe noe wear place again......causin a ...stink :) rock on dood N meowloz ta dylan & domino !!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad your sweet big boy is doing better. Dante is a beautiful soul and I hope he has full recovery. You "go", Dante, you "go".

The Monkeys said...

We are so happy to hear that you're doing well, Dante! Big purrs from us!

Dash Kitten Crew said...

So glad he’s home! It must have been tough for the guy * hugs * and for you.

I know that fellow kitty blogger Texas A Cat in New York, had someting similar going on with his brofur, it’s good to know these things can be helped.

Harvey Button

Clooney said...

We are so, so happy to hear that Dante is back home and has had a BM! Sending lots of good thoughts, purrs and prayers to him for everything to continue to go well and for all to be handled at home free from further surgery.

Marg said...

Ph Dante, the Mom has very happy tears in her eyes. We are soooooooooooo glad that you are doing all right. So do you have to be on a different diet now to keep that from happening again?? That vet sure looks like a great person. So sending lots and lots more purrs and prayers that you stay well and get even better. Take care.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

So glad he's home and going! Paws and fingers crossed that things keep going and going and going!

Terri said...

Jenna and I looked at the pictures again and noticed a photo bomber! The dog looks like he's glad Dante is doing so good, too :)

Fuzzy Tales said...

Just stopping by to see how he's doing today. Purrs!

The Florida Furkids said...

Yippeee for Poop! We're glad Dante is feeling better and we hope he stays that way now!!

The Florida Furkids

Sparkle said...

I'm so, so happy to hear that Dante is home recovering and that he's so much better! Those X-rays looked really painful. I'm sending lots of get-well purrs his way.

The Lee County Clowder said...

So glad everything came out OK. Purrrrrrrrrss

Timmy Tomcat said...

It is simply wonderfur that big Dante is home again. It is a Very good sign that he has passed stool. Dad told me that this is a sign that medical management will most likely be successful for Dante and lessens the probability of surgery (Dad is a human nursey man) We will keep the purr circle going for our big buddy that he keeps poopin on!
Timmy Dad and family