ostomy surgery and house-pets

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78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 4/4/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Husband is concerned about our house-cats and my up-coming surgery and recovery. 
WILL house-cats be a problem? 
They behave and are respectful.  They know their names, come when individually called and obey other commands; stop, no, down, catnip, out, off, here, up, move.  I will have no problems keeping them off my abdomen as I already do so when I am uncomfortable.  Litterbox is not contained in the bedroom and is vented to the outside to control dust/odor and is cleaned daily.  I can keep the bedroom door shut to keep the kitties away from me immediately after I return home from the surgery.
 
The cats cannot be put outside, our house is on a rural 55mi/hr road and they would become road-bumps.  I'd much rather have my fat cats be indoors than have them become flat cats outdoors.  Hubby mentioned tonight putting them in the garage.  The garage has NO windows for sunshine, fresh air or visual stimulation, not to mention it is filthy with his project detritus and has harmful chemicals stored there.  He is more concerned about me than the cats, I understand that, but I do not think they will be harmful for me or my recovery. 
He feels they will be detrimental to my health/recovery, I feel they are necessary for my sanity and blood pressure.
 
If he pushes the issue, I can tell him I will remain in the Master Bedroom with the door closed.  I will not displace the cats when I feel there is no need.
 
May I have opinions on the subject of pets, surgery and recovery?
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.


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   Posted 4/4/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok as long as they do not give you any infections, pets have been shown to help with healing and promoting general health.
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/4/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
My cat has been by my side ever since I got home from surgery, and it has been comforting to have him close by. He knows the word 'no' and I only had to use it a couple of times when he wanted to lay on my stomach. He stopped trying and now he just curls up next to me. I would tell your husband not to worry and assure him that you'll make sure the cats don't lay on your stomach, if that's what his main concern is.

Good luck with your upcoming surgery.
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vette guy
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   Posted 4/4/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Recovering from surgery would have been REALLY lonely if I didn't have my Collie Maggie around.

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 4/4/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies.
I have been home-bound for a very long time, and it is the kitties who I spend the most amount of time with every day, though only a few are allowed to sleep in the bedroom (night-time playing and me wanting to sleep issues). They follow me from room-to-room and will wait outside the closed bathroom door until I come out again. I think it would kill me to put them away from me. Second oldest is one I bottle raised as a 2-3wk old orphan that Hubby brought to me from his power plant 12 years ago.

vette guy...what year?
I've got a 1978 Silver Anniversary, oyster interior. I am looking forward to enjoying driving again and not counting miles between bathrooms.
My parents also raised/showed AKC Rough Coated Collies when I was a child.


I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.

Post Edited (78SilvAnniv) : 4/5/2008 12:34:18 AM (GMT-6)


Shaz032
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   Posted 4/5/2008 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't be without my two furbabies (kitties). I've had my ileo for years and one of them sleeps on my tummy (just not directly on my bag) before eventually moving up near my head during the night. The other one sleeps near my feet. They use me as a bridge all the time to get from one side of the bed to the other (which can be a rude awakening if you're fast asleep!) and have never managed to puncture or land on my bag.

Mine are 'indoor kitties only' too and I wouldn't have it any other way :)
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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Pin Cushion
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   Posted 4/5/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I was a little concerened about one of our cats. Him being part bengal, 22 lbs. and razor shape claws. But he never takes it personal when I won't allow him on my tummy after one of the surgerys I have had. But he has been a great comfort. And he always seems to know when I could use a "kitty hug"
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suebear
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   Posted 4/5/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   

My 3 cats gave me the best companionship throughout my 2 surgeries and recovery.  Your will too!

 

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/5/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Aren't 'kitty hugs' the best? My kitty gave me one this morning. Ahhh... :-)

tbraz
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   Posted 4/5/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
When I came home from both surgeries I would place a pillow on my stomach just in case my cat wanted to jump on my lap and it helped me feel less nervous when she was around until my incision healed. Reassure your husband that you will be all right with the cats, but maybe at bedtime you could keep them out--mine would scratch and cry at the door until I would let her in! She loves her mama!

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 4/5/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Prepare for crazy cat lady...

We have 11. Three are barn cats who spend time inside, one is still retaining her feral-tendencies and doesn't spend much time inside. She does not get on laps. Only two cats sleep regularly with me and when they do, one is at my head and the other is at my knees/feet.
Our cats were all rescued from various certain death scenarios. Husband built a huge litterbox. It is 2'x2'x4' with a lid. It looks like a hope chest with a cat flap in the front, center. It is also vented outside with a dryer vent to control dust and odor. My guests comment on the number of cats we have and how the house does not smell like cat. The litterbox, even though large, is still cleaned every day to have solid waste removed.
I love kitty hugs. I also love having so many. They all get along and while my lap isn't big enough for all of them at once, they don't all want to be on my lap at the same time so throughout the day I have various different kitties sitting with me and following me to the bathroom.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.


donut
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   Posted 4/5/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
We have two Bichon pups. When I came home after my surgeries this winter, I always had a pillow on my stomach in case they jumped on my stomach.I worried a little about them popping my bag with their claws at night, but I just put a pillow next to me and everything was fine. I think having them at home helped a lot in my recovery. They laid with me in the "lazy-boy" and on the couch and since I had to get up to let them out and feed them, it kept me from laying around too much. After my reversal, it helped to get walking and going up and down the steps and I think having the dogs got me moving the way I needed to.

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 4/5/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Are pictures allowed?  Litterbox corner can be seen in the lower cat tree pic.
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I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.


Scrappyjrt
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   Posted 4/6/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Our dogs stayed with me every moment when I got out of the Hospital. They were well behaved and quiet. Our 2 cats did the same thing,just laid quietly on my bed with me.

 

             

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