On Jan 15, 2021 an injured stray cat was brought to Northwood Animal Hospital on emergency.  He was estimated to be a 4 month old (DOB 8-26-20) brown and white tabby male.  He was found at John Knox and N. Monroe at the Tallahassee Mall.  It was theorized that he had been hit by a car. He arrived open mouth breathing, in respiratory distress.  He was placed in oxygen and within a few days he was breathing well.  We named him Yoshi.  Since he seemed to have recovered so well, he was being taken to surgery to neuter 1-27-21.  However, on physical exam at that time, a large swelling was detected just inside his left rear leg.  An inguinal hernia was diagnosed.  This had not been present on initial presentation.  Traumatic abdominal hernias do sometimes take a few days to show up after something like being hit by a car. Surgery was performed to open the hernia in hopes of returning everything to its rightful place and closing the hole in the body wall.  An incision was made over the swelling and unfortunately a loop of intestines was incarcerated at the site.  The intestines were inflamed and the tissues unhealthy. Just the act of trying to gently push the intestines back into the abdomen where they belonged resulted in the intestines rupturing.  Yoshi’s entire abdomen was then opened and explored.  24cm of intestines had compromised blood supply due to the abdominal herniation so that part of his jejenum was removed, and intestinal resection and anastamosis was performed.  The original tear in the abdomen near the left rear leg was repaired and he was neutered.  Yoshi recovered nicely from surgery.  However on Feb 3rd an abscess was detected at the hernia site so another surgery was performed to open up the abscess and flush the infection out.  The surgical site looked good otherwise and the intestines remained where they belonged.  Yoshi needed another exploration March 19th, this time of his caudal ventral abdomen due to development of swelling there.  This exploration showed widespread thinning of his abdominal wall but no actual herniation at this time.  It appears that Yoshi had severe trauma when he was hit by that car that damaged much of the abdominal muscles.  However, herniation has not recurred and he healed well from all his surgeries.  Yoshi was cleared medically by his doctor April 26th so he is now ready for a home of his own. He is FeLV/FIV negative, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. He has been through allot but he is worth it-such a sweet boy!

Name: Yoshi
Species: DSH/ Tabby
Gender: Male/Neutered
Birthday: 08/26/20
Current Location: Fat Cat Cafe
Minimum Adoption Donation: $75