Alright, guys, I'm about to go on the rant of a fucking lifetime. I also need advice.
So it's coming up on a month of Piper's adoption. Piper has become much more trusting of us, so I was able to look in her ears. Disgusting. My mom helped me clean them out, but there was still some gunk, I was gonna order some ear meds from the internet until the next day, Friday, I noticed she was walking with a slight limp. She seemed to be able to put some weight on her back leg, but not much. I gave her the weekend just to see if she maybe pulled a muscle, she was still playing like a crazy kitty, getting to her litter box and food bowl, and all that, but yesterday she was still limping. I took her to my vet today to be looked at, and my god, the problems that this cat has.
My vet was able to tell me, without even doing x rays and just by feeling her leg, that she has luxating patella. It's basically where the knee cap pops out of place/moves out of its normal location. They did x rays to confirm there was no fractures and everything was okay with her hips and what not. Everything is fine there. Also, Piper has a heart murmur. Piper felt a little bloated to my vet, and wants a stool sample because she thinks she might have parasites. Vet also think she might have another hernia (the rescue group I adopted her from said she had a surgery for a hernia at the same time they did her spay, so around mid September. I'm wondering if it's possible that this surgery was botched because I've heard many horror stories about the vet they took her to to get this done). Piper was running a fever that my vet thinks is from a bite (she could not identify the source of where a bite was, but that's her thought process). Guys, my cats haven't been around each other. Nibbler is indoor/outdoor, spends the majority of her time outside babysitting the neighbor's kids, comes in and sleeps in my mom's office when it's cold or too hot. We keep her separate from the dogs because she's made it clear she hates them. So if Nibbler didn't bite Piper, she must have been bitten before she even came into my care. So Piper has likely had a fever since before she even came into my care, which would explain her sluggish first month with us. Oh, and I was told that Piper's stitches were dissolvable and the ones that weren't dissolvable were removed. Guess who found a stitch in Piper's stomach today? Ear infection was confirmed as well. The vet wanted to gag when she saw what she did in the little ear magnifier thing.
I can't BELIEVE those people read me the riot act about everything health related in animals and then give someone a cat in this condition! A possibility of parasites? That's putting the health of our other animals at risk! Never mind the fact she has a fever from a possible bite, and god only knows how long she's had that. A heart murmur? Was never told about it! A fucking STITCH LEFT IN HER BELLY? What the fuck?! A messed up knee?! ALL of these things were probably presented before they allowed her to number 1, let me adopt her, and number 2, allow her to be around other cats when she was with the rescue group! How can they not only put her well being at risk, but the well being of the other animals they have in their rescue as well?
Guys, I am so unbelievably pissed. It's been almost thirty days since her adoption and I'm considering contacting the motherfuckers at that shitty rescue and giving them the what's up. Good or bad idea? I love Piper very much and I will go broke doing whatever I need to do to get her healthy. I'm just so completely devastated that she's basically been sick all this time! I thought maybe she was just one of those cats that sleeps a lot and had random bouts of energy, I thought everything was fine :( I feel like such a bad mother, and I don't think my vet was looking at me too highly, either.