Hello everyone, I am posting this here because I am totally stunned, and distraught and in need of some input from fellow animalEmotion: cat lovers.
I brought my 6 year old tabby in to the vet on December 17th because she was not eating and vomitting up bile, and was basically lethargic. after about 5 days at the vets office he told me she was a very sick cat and her blood work as well as US revealed kidney and liver problems. He stated that she was not reponding to antibiotics, or IV fluids, and wanted to continue with more tests.
At this point my husband and I decided to have her put to sleep. Our bill was already escalating, and there was no improvement. Let me just stress that this was an EXTREMELY difficult decision to make. Our four kids were also extremely attached to her, most of all our six year old daughter.
It has been five weeks now and my daughter is still crying over her death.
Anyway we adopted our kitty from the humane society at 10 weeks, where she was microchiped before leaving. Well yesterday I received a call from the humane society saying that they had my cat there! I explained the situation, and she asked me to describe our cat. After describing her I was asked to come in right away.
When I arrived I was shocked at what I saw, it was my cat Abby! Supposedly some woman dumped her off along with two other cats. The woman claimed she had been given to her by a friend. Her belly was shaved and her leg. The woman said that the cat was vomitting so she brought her to the vet, where all testes came back negative. I have been an emotional wreck for the past 24 hours. I mean we have all been grieving her passing. We even set up a memorial with a picture I had taken of Abby and lit candles around it daily.
Anyway I went in today and brought her home, the hardest part was trying to explain to our kids that she was not actually dead, that the vet lied!
What do you all think of this? I am stunned. I tried calling the vet but his answering service refuses to call him, they say this is not an emergency.
I cant for the life of me figure this one out.
What do you all think?
AJ
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Hello everyone, I am posting this here because I am totally stunned, and distraught and in need of some input ... not an emergency. I cant for the life of me figure this one out. What do you all think? AJ

that is the most bizarre thing I've ever heard. How is she doing? Does she seem to be getting better? Have you asked the vet about it?

karen
Hello everyone, I am posting this here because I am totally stunned, and distraught and in need of some input ... wanted to continue with more tests. At this point my husband and I decided to have her put to sleep.

That is so bizarre. The only explanation I can think of is the vet really felt the cat had a chance with the further testing and didn't want to euthanize her. One of our vets won't euthanize a healthy, adoptable cat he brings them to us for a chance at adoption. But of course, your cat wasn't healthy, and our vet informs the owners of what he wants to do, and does so with their consent. You've just got to call the vet ASAP and demand an explanation. Please keep us posted.
Sherry
This is extremely strange. You're absolutely sure this is one & the same cat, right? Via microchip, her markings, etc., etc. I take it you were not present when she was euthanized & did not see her body post euthanasia?

Too, too weird.
Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Hello everyone, I am posting this here because I am totally stunned, and distraught and in need of some input ... is not an emergency. I cant for the life of me figure this one out. What do you all think?

Some very weird stories appearing in this newsgroup lately. This one is baffling. It will unfold tomorrow when your vet's office will be open for business.
I've never had a pet euthanized, but everyone that I know who has gone thru with it has told me that the vet had returned to them the dead pet. Did the vet ever ask you if you wanted the carcass?
I'm glad that you've got Abby back, and in improved health, if in fact it's Abby.
Some very weird stories appearing in this newsgroup lately. This one is baffling. It will unfold tomorrow when your vet's ... that the vet had returned to them the dead pet. Didthe vet ever ask you if you wanted the carcass?

Good point. I've had two cats euthanized & the vet does ask if you'd prefer to have the pet back for burial, if you'd prefer cremation - & if so, would you like the ashes back, or if you want the office to deal w/ the whole thing.
Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Some very weird stories appearing in this newsgroup lately. This one is baffling. It will unfold tomorrow when your vet's ... if you wanted the carcass? I'm glad that you've got Abby back, and in improved health, if in factit's Abby.[/nq]I've had the misfortune of having a cat euthanized, and also having a cat die while being treated at the vet's. When I had Dash PTS, we were there with her and she passed away while we gave her a few last chin rubs and pettings. I guess you (OP) weren't there when Abby was PTS. What about the remains? Did you pick up a body or ashes? Again with Dash, we chose to have her cremated, and there was an ID sticker on the bottom of the container with our name, her name, etc, and I had to sign a log when I picked up the remains.

When Argyle died after a surgery, we went to pick up his body, and honestly I don't remember if we had to sign anything. This was about 15 years ago. I never looked (the body was wrapped in a sheet) to make sure it was him.
This smells of a hoax to me, but if it isn't, I apologize. I guess it is possible that these things could happen. If this is real, I would call the vet and get to the bottom of it. The animal hospital our shelter works with will sometimes save a cat or dog with a treatable problem that the owner wants to PTS, but they always get a release from the owner, so they know what's going on.

-Kelly
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What do you all think?

I do know that sometimes when people tell their vet to euthanize a healthy or slightly ill animal, they just say they euthanized him and rehome him. Most ethical vets refuse to euthanize healthy animals. Sometimes if an animal say needs $2,000 in veterinary care and the owner tells the vet to euthanize instead, the vet may treat the animal on his own account and rehome him. Maybe your vet did continue treatment then gave him to someone else? then the cat got sick again and she didn't want it so she dumped it? I'm not saying this is the right thing for the vet to do, just that it's possible. Or maybe the vet tech thought the animal was sweet, didn't want to euthanize and just gave it to someone. What a nightmare.
circa 25 Jan 2004 10:30:57 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, AJ (Email Removed) said,
I cant for the life of me figure this one out. What do you all think?

I'm still boggling over this one.
When you told the veterinarian to put the cat to sleep, what was the vet's response? Was this a financial issue?
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
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