by Brenda Cassidy

Early in November 2019 Eclipse, a rescue kitten aged just a month or so, came into my care. She wouldn’t take milk from a syringe, preferring very wet cat meat, and I took her to be checked over at the vets as when she ate I could hear a strange noise. She was very tiny – look at the size of the Sudocrem tub in the photo. She was examined and all seemed OK.

Eclipse did very well until February, when again I had to take her to the vet. She was doing everything a kitten of just 4 months old should do, but I was worried as there was a lot of blood in her poo. Antibiotics for her intestines and vitamin injections were given – all seemed well again until she was sterilized. Soon afterwards, in early July we noticed that she was very weak in her back legs and had a very bad cough. I took her for a check-up and she was given another course of antibiotics and diagnosed as having gas in her stomach from coughing. I brought her home and the coughing continued, so about a week later we returned – but an X-ray revealed nothing. She was then diagnosed as having an allergy – she didn’t have a temperature so I refused more antibiotics and she was prescribed allergy medication.

Still nothing improved, so Jane and I took her to Ziya at Vet International for a second opinion. Within minutes of my describing her symptoms, he knew roughly what was wrong. In the examination room, by moving his fingers around in her throat he made Eclipse cough and he saw what was happening. Then he decided to X-ray her enlarged stomach, which revealed three problems: the major one is that she was full of faeces (X-ray picture here) – I confirmed that her stools had been really hard; the second problem was that the outer lining of her stomach was very pronounced, which he couldn’t really diagnose until her bowels were emptied; and the third problem was an infection in her throat. Ziya gave Eclipse laxatives both in the mouth and her rear end. I had to watch her closely and take her and a sample with me the following day. Ziya was amazed at how compacted her bowel was and the lining of her stomach was abnormally clear. Eclipse spent nearly 3 weeks as an in-patient at Vet İnternational and as my holidays were drawing close I wanted to take her home before we left; we had considered taking her with us on the boat, but it was not to be – she was not ready to leave the clinic, as we left on 25 July. Ann agreed to take her to her house until my return. I need to thank Ann, Alan and Jane (who collected her) for agreeing to look after her, which put my mind at rest while I was away.

During my 6 weeks’ holiday I kept up to date with how she was doing – she had another operation to clear an infected wound, Alan brought her to me this morning she will have a collar on for another few days but hopefully then she will recover completely. It is through your donations that her treatment was possible – if you you like to support her, you can do so at this link: