Freddie’s Story – Pyothorax

Ragdoll cat Freddie

Meet handsome Freddie, a one-and-a-half-year-old Ragdoll cat who is very well-known in his neighbourhood for getting himself into a pickle!

He loves to explore so is often out for hours at a time, coming back to have some food as and when he chooses. His family became concerned when they realised his food was untouched which meant he hadn’t been returning as he would normally do. A search was set up and after three days Freddie was found by a neighbour, in their garden in a very poor state. He was lethargic and dehydrated, and so was rushed straight to his local vet.

His local vet performed an x-ray, which showed he had pyothorax, which is a bacterial infection in the chest cavity. This can be caused by various things including an injury from a fight, a migrating foreign body, or a chronic ongoing infection.


Veterinary surgeon holding a feline patient at Fitzpatrick Referrals.

Surgical Resident Dr Marius Stordalen holding feline patient Freddie in the cat ward at Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue hospital.

Freddie was referred to our Guildford hospital for specialist care late on a Friday afternoon, and after stabilising him, the next step was more advanced imaging to obtain a clearer picture of what was going on.

Under the care of Senior Surgeon Dr Jonathan Bray and Surgical Resident Dr Marius Stordalen, a CT scan was performed along with x-rays of his chest and then two chest drains were placed to drain the fluid that had accumulated around his lungs and to allow for flushing of the chest cavity.

Intensive antibiotic therapy was started and will continue for the next few weeks to ensure all traces of infection are gone.

Freddie is feeling so much better and has been enjoying loads of cuddles from everyone! We look forward to seeing him in a few weeks for further x-rays to check his progress.

Veterinary surgeon caring for a feline patient at Fitzpatrick Referrals.

Freddie enjoying some fuss from Surgical Resident Marius Stordalen.

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