Zeva’s Dime, Surgery Required

Last week Zeva, one of my cats, started acting a bit strange and throwing up rather often.  At first, I thought it was a hairball or something, but I still checked to see if she was ok and she seemed to be. Maybe a day later she started throwing up more often, along with blood. Obviously something was up, and so she was taken to the vet immediately.

The vet took a look at her and couldn’t feel anything abnormal about here, but she was dehydrated and so they injected her with some fluids to rehydrate her. They decided to x-ray her to see if there was anything that they could see inside, and sure enough there was an obvious solid object within her. Surgery would be required to remove the large object from her. This of course meant that Zeva would have to be put under for the duration of the surgery, which from what I’m told is a rather dangerous event in and of itself. Cats don’t like anesthesia, especially the breed that Zeva is, an F5 Savannah. But surgery had to be done regardless so under she went.

It turns out the dumb poor girl decided that that shiny dime she saw glittering in the reflection of the sun, had to be eaten. That’s the solid object you see off to the left in the x-ray above, a single Canadian dime (worth $0.092 USD). Part of this I can understand though, she loves shiny objects and I suppose over time she was bound to eat something. I’m just not sure why it was a dime, surely she’d have noticed that she can’t bite through it right? I guess not…

The vet gave us back our dime from within Zeva, it’s the brown looking one, not the ‘new’ shiny one on the left. Think the dime that was in her stomach is worth any more than a normal dime? It certainly cost more to get back…

While they were in there removing the dime they also checked through all of her intestines to see if there were any other potential problems. From the description given to me about this process, it sounded as though they took out her intestines and squeezed through them, then put them all back in. Not only does that sound incredibly gross and something I’d never ever want to see or do in my life. It seemed like something very foreign to me, the idea of being able to just pull them out, check’em an shove ’em back in. One would think that intestines would like to be placed in a certain way so as to work nicely, but I suppose the vet knows what they’re doing and maybe I’m over imagining the process in the first place. Hopefully I am, as it seems an over the top process.

Now that a few days have passed Zeva’s is back to her old, somewhat annoying, self again, minus some fur of course. She’s back to getting on top of things, knocking things over, running away from the other cat, and whining for food. Good to have you back Zeva, glad you’re ok



  1. Rico-sama says:

    Oh wow. Glad Zeva made it through OK! It’s a little mind boggling how she manged to swallow that dime (let alone why she decided too). Canadian dimes are bigger than U.S. dimes, no?

    That description was pretty graphic. If my vet told me that’s what she did to my cat I think I would’ve thrown up a little. Times like those details aren’t really necessary, Dr. Vet!

    My cat likes playing with bottle caps so I don’t have to worry about him swallowing those (I hope). I just have to worry about him falling off the table while giving himself a bath. >.<

    • Aka says:

      Canadian dimes are the same size as american dimes, same with quarters and pennies. There might be tiny size differences, but overall they appear the same.

      Vets seem to be odd people. I remember taking one of my old cats in to the vet because he’d fallen off a rather high place and smashed out a tooth (ouch!!!). They went to do some blood work, so they were sticking needles in him, but couldn’t find a vein. Being the terrified cat he generally was, he had a heart attack and died on the vet table right infront of me. They did some cat CPR, and gave him a shot of epinephrine, but he died on the table.

      Now where the strange vet people part comes in, they told me he had a tumor anyway and would likely have died soon, and forced me to feel it in my still warm dead cat. It was surreal, there was indeed something there, but I didn’t really care to feel it for myself, I trusted their word.

      Then they start asking me how I want to dispose of the animal, and I mean, I can understand it but jeez.

      Anyway… that was sad, sorry about that.

      Zeva generally plays with bottle caps and similarly sized objects. I’ve never given her anything smaller than a bottle cap. But she must have found a dime that had fallen somewhere or knocked one off a table. It’ll definitely be something that’s on my mind when I leave objects around the house in the future.

      • Rico-sama says:

        That’s pretty unbelievable. I can’t imagine what it must of been like to go through that and, even more so, I can’t believe the vet made you go through that.

        • Aka says:

          I felt really terrible about the whole situation. I took him in to get better and instead he died on the table. And then I left him there. It seemed like a very poor way for him to go.

          The other cat I had at the time passed away a few months later, but she was old and had gotten sick. I was there when she died as well, but she died at the end of my bed. Sad, but I felt comforted by the fact she didn’t die on a cold metal table in a scary unfamiliar place.

          I’ve had a lot of animals over the years, but those are the only 2 I’d been there with at the end. I have to say it’s a lot more sad than just finding out they passed away after the fact.

          Bleh, sad stories make me sad.

          Good news, Zeva still appears to be well, as does Cohan. He goes in a few weeks from now to get fixed, poor guy already sounds like someone’s squeezing his balls, such a tiny little meow he’s got, like a kitten still.

  2. Guy says:

    I love cats, so I’m glad she’s back ok. Fascinating breed, reading up on them on Wikipedia. Yours doesn’t seem to be too close to the origin? Doesn’t seem very big or very Serval looking?

    BTW, your intestines as a human are about 8 meters long, so they’re all squished inside you. In House M.D. they once squeezed intestines, taking a section out of the body and squeezing it. There’s a lot of it.

    Also, global anesthesia is risky, even to humans, each and every time it is taken.

    • Aka says:

      For sure you’re correct, she’s pretty distant from the Serval. She’s claimed to be an F5, or fifth generation away from the Serval, F6 I believe being the ‘official’ breed.

      Some of the differences between her and a normal cat I find are her length and her fur. She’s a rather long cat comparitively, and her fur has a considerable difference to the touch, it’s very smooth and soft. Now I always thought cats were soft, but she took it to another level. Additionally, due to the fur difference, she doesn’t shed nearly as much and there’s almost no hair around the house to clean up.

      That said, I have another cat, Cohan, that’s also a Savannah, he’s an F6 or the ‘official’ breed. He has a much more slender face, but shorter legs and isn’t as long, nor does he have the same fur. But he looks more exotic than she does due to his face.

      lol @ House reference. I had to read that line a few times to understand you were talking about the show. I thought you were talking about an experience you had. I knew intestines were long, but wasn’t sure of the length. I wonder how long Zeva’s are…

      I forgot that global anesthesia was risky to humans, though I thought that cats suffered more risk. I’d heard a few stories of cats being put under and never waking up. Never met anyone who’s known anyone that’s never awoken from anethesia. But then, that’s just my experience.

      (Note: I may have F#s mixed up, I may have to confirm which generations each cat is, but I thought I was right until reading the wikipedia page)