Marsh Kitty: Part 3

Guest post: JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes.


In Marsh Kitty Part 1 and Part 2 I told you about MK’s broken leg and having only one kidney and how nutrition played a part in her healing.

At eight months of age MK used up the third of her nine lives as she had to undergo another surgery. This time surgery was to repair an abdominal wall hernia that happened when she was attacked at three weeks of age when I found her. There was a bite mark near the hernia when we shaved her for surgery. It didn’t appear until now because it took that long for her to build up some fat to come poking out the hole which made it look like she had a lump on her side which I knew wasn’t normal.
Pre-anesthetic bloodwork was done again before surgery and her kidney values were the same as when I had her spayed. She continues to eat Purina Veterinary Diet NF Kidney Function. The properly balanced food for maintaining kidney health is working for her.
Her abdominal wall was very thin and friable. My boss was able to close the hole. I was told this surgery may not work as the sutures may break free because the abdominal wall was so damaged. I was told to keep her on strict rest to limit her movement so she could heal. But, she healed up nicely and is back to hanging out with the chessies.
MK turned one year old on May 1st, 2014.
MK birthday

She is now an adult cat and is done growing except for growing out as in “fat” if I don’t monitor her food intake and exercise. For the first year of her life I free fed her, she wasn’t showing any signs of a weight issue so I wasn’t concerned. That all changed now, she is at her adult weight that she should stay at and in order for that to happen I need to measure out her food using a kitchen measuring cup and giving her 2 portions of food, 1/4 cup in the morning and evening.
She isn’t food motivated so I didn’t think I would have a problem putting her on measured meals. From what I learned at working at the veterinary clinic is that it is so much easier to prevent a cat from becoming overweight than it is getting the weight off of them.


Guest post: JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes.


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  1. Thanks slimkitty for featuring mk and part 3. I hope she’s done using up her lives for a bit now.
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    • We hope so too. You give your mama too much of a scare there MK!
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  2. “Normal” cats do real well on set feedings. I wish I didn’t have a food obsessed one because he is so hard to deal with. It is so wonderful that MK is doing so well after all she went through!
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    • She’s really holding her own against those big Chessies isn’t she!
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  3. Aww :/ that first photo of Mk is so scary!
    You are of course taking such wonderful care though!
    Glad I stopped by here, this is my first time at the new Slim Kitty!
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    • Welcome! Hope you come back and visit often.
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  4. Dat’s Pawsum. Meez so happy hers is healffy and happy and hewe wiff us. Happy belated Meowday Bootyful!!!!

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses ♥♥♥

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  5. Poor MK really has been through a lot….I’m glad she is doing so well now!
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  6. Happy birthday MK! You lucked out when the Sand Spring gang found you, (well maybe not at first, but after. ;)).

    We can free feed Nestle. So far she has not over eaten. I think it is because she really doesn’t love the hard kibble which is the balance of her food. We also give her soft food which is measured.
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