This morning, a fluffy orange kitty will either be on his way to healing or will be peacefully euthanized because he can no longer be helped. Maxwell Mufsa Millon, better known as Maxie, is just three years old and the family that loves him includes a little girl named Ashlynn who is particularly devoted to him.
Three weeks ago, Maxie was a perfectly normal guy cat — spirited and occasionally misbehaving, who loved laying in the sun and hated trips to the vet. But of course, trips to the vet are inevitable for most kitties, and one day in May, Maxie and his two roommies, Lilly Lu and Iris, had to make the trip for routine dental cleaning. Since dentals involve being under anesthesia, they all had to go without eating the night before. None of the three were happy about it, but apparently, unbeknownst to anyone (especially his human, Laura), Maxie snuck off and ate something. Laura suspects it was something plastic, since he has been known to eat the stuff in the past.
Lilly Lu and Iris came through their dentals fine, but Maxie suffered complications. No one knows for sure exactly what happened. The closest guess is that he vomited whatever it was he ate while still under the effects of the anesthesia and he was not monitored as well as he should have been. This caused a severe irritation in his esophagus, which continued to get worse because he vomited even more after he came home. His human wound up taking him to a more intensive clinic (the original clinic was not able to schedule him in, in spite of the serious symptoms he showed). It was discovered that his esophagus was so swollen and inflamed, he had to have a tube inserted in his stomach so he could be fed. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened, and nobody is sure if today’s surgery will save him. If ever a kitty needed a miracle, it is Maxie.
We kitties know the power of purrs, and Maxie needs all of them today.
(We researched this story as best we could. If there are any factual errors, please excuse them — it’s the spirit of the story, and the need for purrs, that are most important.)