So - I thought it was time for another update! Minstrel has finally been booked in for his next operation on Friday, so he will be having the wire removed from his jaw! YAY!
His fur is growing back beautifully... and he now looks like someone actually owns him again! He has got his full appetite back and has well and truly found his voice in the household again, even though he is still desperate to be back in the big wide world of the outdoors! All in good time...
We still have £185 left to pay the first part of his bill... and Friday will bring more costs, so would love to reach our goal by then. We have been saving to pay the extra - but every penny will really help!
My thanks again to everyone who have donated to help Minstrel - the difference in him really is amazing!
Well, Minstrel's fur is slowly growing back and he is adjusting to life as a pirate! He did fall behind the sofa yesterday though! Whoops!
The main problem he has at the moment is that he is suffering greatly with the wire in his mouth. It seems to be causing him great discomfort and he has had some sores and ulcers and even some bleeding at times.
He is due to go back to the vets next Wednesday to see if his jaw has healed enough for his second operation to remove his wire... and with the first bill not yet fully covered, we are again saving up for the extra pennies his second operation. At the moment we still have just over £100 to pay to cover his first £1400 bill, and then we are thinking the second operation will cost at least a further £300.
So, with quite a few pennies still left to pay, we still need to try and reach our target. We have had so much support so far... and are so nearly there!
I have spent some time taking some new photos of my little man today... so thought you may like an update!
Well, Minstrel has been checked by the vet today and he is making great progress. His wounds are healing nicely and jaw seems to be forming a great shape, meaning he can now just about close his mouth! He is also beginning to clean himself a little more now, so his white fur is starting to look less yellow!
The bad news is that he can't have his wire removed for another 2 weeks... and I think he is now really getting frustrated by it! It is starting to look a little sore, and he is getting a little reluctant to eat and drink, but the vet is happy with his progress. We will of course take him back sooner if things don't pick up!
We have paid most of the current bill thanks to all your support but still have just £110 left to raise to cover the bill so far.
In total we expect the whole bill to be somewhere in the region of £1800, once we have paid for his next operation to remove his wire and extra care. Obviously we are hoping to fund the extra amount ourselves, but every little will REALLY help...
Thanks go out again to everyone who has helped Minstrel on his road to recovery!
Thought a photo update may be appreciated too... this is my Minstrel as of yesterday! His fur is starting to grow back and so are his whiskers! We are having to clean him at the moment with cotton wool and water as he is quite untidy... but he is now trying to wash himself so hopefully the white will return soon and he will look less yellow and dirty! The swelling now seems to be really going down... so much so that we can see his wire and stitches clearly in his mouth!
Minstrel is well and truly fed up now... the wire in his mouth is really annoying him. He keeps trying to almost back out of it... and it is making him dribble terribly. He is making great progress though... but with the prospect of another bill on the horizon for his next operation to remove the wire, I still need to raised £220 to cover the cost of his treatment so far. The vets have been great and so far we have paid as much of the bill as we can... we just need to get the last £220 together to be able to pay it in full, before the next bill lands with his next op!
Hope we get there soon!
Well, my Minstrel has been to the vets for a check-up today and they are VERY pleased with his progress. The swelling has gone down meaning his wire in his jaw is more visible... and I think it is annoying him a little, plus he is desperate to go out... but he is doing really well coping with loosing his eye and having his jaw broken all at the same time!
His is full of dribble and gunk though... so we are hoping the infection and swelling will keep improving!
Thanks again to everyone who has donated or is sharing Minstel's page... we really appreciate all your support x X x
Minstrel is desperate to go outside today... but he isn't allowed! I don't think he will be going out any time soon...
His wire seems to be bothering him today, but we are off to the vets tomorrow for a check up, so hopefully we can get it sorted then.
Minstrel just looks so sad at the moment... he is in need of plenty of cuddles and treats x
Minstrel is getting used to being at home. We have had a few funny moments and misjudgements but all in all he is doing well... mostly eating, sleeping and purring! He is back at the vets on Thursday for a check up... and we hope to be able to pay the rest of the bill then.
Morning... or actually afternoon! Well, we have heard from the vets today and are a little unimpressed I am sad to say. Minstrel began to eat on Friday... and has eaten well all weekend BUT we can't bring him home as they haven't taken his feeding tube out yet (apparently it is simple to do)... and the emergency vet who is in on the weekend won't do it.
We really thought he would be home with us this weekend and, although we know he will be home tomorrow, we also know that the bill will be racking up for the weekend, even though Minstrel could be at home!
I suppose really it is great news that he is ready and well enough to come back to our family... just frustrating that because of the vet we can not bring him home!
My thanks again to everyone for supporting us. We really couldn't do it without you! Being able to afford (very nearly!) to be able to pay for all of Minstrel's initial care means we have longer ourselves to save up for the time when his wire needs to come out of his jaw... and for all the after care he will need.
Though he is now eating (YAY!!!) we have been told we still can't bring Minstrel home. We are hoping to speak to the vet later to find out why... as we now feel being at home would speed his recovery!
It looks like it may be tomorrow... but as ever I will post an update as soon as we know!
My thanks again for everyone's support x
I can't believe we are getting so close to target... with 68.57% of my goal raised and only £410 left I can see a huge glimmer of hope... and today may be the day that we can bring our little man, Minstrel, home.
I really think that getting him home will speed his recovery even more... so we all have our fingers crossed today! I will of course update you later!
Thank-you once again for all the messages, donations and support... it is rather overwhelming and just lovely x
SMILES ALL ROUND!
The veterinary nurse has just phoned and Minstrel has eaten!!! YAY YAY YAY!!!
Apparently he lapped a little bit of the sardines from her fingers, and he is now chomping the rest down.
He still needs to be assessed tomorrow... but this may mean he can come home!!!
With 40% still to raise, we still need your help though...
So once again we are back from our daily visit. Minstrel is now drip free and looking soooooo much brighter. He has also had his first poop - good boy!!!
Trouble is, he still won't eat! The skin around his mouth is healing much more quickly and looks far less sore, but he is a lazy boy and is obviously just happy with being tube fed rather than eating for himself which, for us, means he can't come home.
The vet is still optimistic that he WILL eat soon and is trying to tempt him with all sorts... tuna. sardines - she even suggested getting a warm chicken for him! It's alright for some!
We are now 60% of the way to our goal which I hope will be enough to pay for his care until he comes home. Fingers crossed we get there. Thanks to everyone who keeps sharing and supporting... it is VERY much appreciated x
Minstrel is off his drip!!! And his pain relief is finally being reduced! He is still not showing much interest in food so is still being tube fed... but as he is healing nicely the vet doesn't think it will be too long until he finally eats, meaning he should be able to come home early next week. A REAL positive step... but a reminder to us that his bill will still be going up :o(
Yesterday his bill was at £1163... so we need to keep going to raise our goal as every penny is needed.
Thank-you once again for everyone's generosity so far...
We are visiting later with the boys, so will post a new picture on our return...
Waiting patiently for today's update on our lovely little Minstrel.
In other news there is an EXCLUSIVE auction running at the moment to get your hands on an exclusive signed Sir Stirling Moss print with all proceeds going straight into Minstrels now called cat fund! If you are a motorsport fan it's one not to miss... the link is
Just back from today's visit and Minstrel is looking so much better. He still a poorly puss... but without his collar he looks so much more comfy and less clumsy!
He is still being fed by a tube, but now has fresh food available to try and eat and, though he looked a little interested, he still hasn't taken the leap! The 'usual' Minstrel wouldn't think twice about missing the offer of food...
Whilst we were there, as well as a lot of paw padding, purring and generally being silly, Minstrel treated us to the sight of him digging to Australia in his litter tray and doing a wee ALL over his red body suit! NICE! But at least he got up and is 'going'!
The boys came again today to give him a cuddle. The eldest is a little reluctant but showed some interest in what had been done to him, especially as you can actually see the wire in his jaw, so we had to explain exactly what had been done.
Minstrel has had an injection of antibiotics today which will last him 10 days, so will have less daily injections... and is now off the intensive care list! At last!
We also managed to start paying his bill today, thanks to all you wonderful people who have helped us. I can not express how grateful I am to you all... for donating, sharing and you kind words of support. We have now raised 55% of our total so have a little way still to go... but I have every faith that we WILL get there and we WILL get our Minstrel home (minus an eye of course!)
So, we have just had today's update. Minstrel has made great progress overnight. His collar is off (YAY!! He hates wearing a collar!) and he has had a wash. He now has food on offer in front of him, but still hasn't taken the step to eat.
I can't believe with everyone's support we are now at over 50% of our goal to pay for his treatment... but things are slowing and there is still a way to go!
We are off to see 'Mince' at around 3.30pm so will post again later with another photo. Hoping to have the news that he has eaten by himself soon...
Well, Minstrel has certainly turned a corner. He is still a poorly puss but is looking much brighter... and we have been told that he has been letting the vets and nurses know what he does and does not want... which we have been told to take as a good sign. He is still being fed via a tube into his tummy, which seems to be doing him LOTS of good, and has shown a little interest in food... just not enough to eat it by himself yet! Today we actually heard Minstrel purr for the first time since Saturday. He rolled over for a head scratch and I could see so much happiness in his eye that we were there. He was even padding his paws. The bill is now over £1000, and we have been told that he will be in until at least Friday - possibly over the weekend. But secretly we are hoping he will keep getting better, eat some food and be home for cuddles by the weekend. Here's hoping! Thank-you for all your kind messages and words of support, and a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who has donated. We still have a way to go, but with the support we are having I have every faith we will get there... and finally be able to bring home our brave little man, Minstrel!
Just spoken to the vet who says Minstrel is beginning to turn a corner... at last! He is apparently getting a little grumpy with being prodded and poked but seems to be responding well. They still expect for him to be in for another few days, but we are going to visit again later so will learn more then I am sure! Thanks goes out again to everyone who has helped us - even the messages of support and kindness mean a lot to us x
I have woken this morning and for the very first time in days have broken a smile.
Heartfelt thanks to EVERYONE who is supporting us and our brave little boy Minstrel... from a relative and very close friends, to people I have met a few times, 'friends' I have never met and even a legend of a celebrity. The power of twitter is amazing!
I can not believe everyone's generosity... and can not thank you all enough.
I will of course update you all after today's visit...
Just been for today's visit. Minstrel is doing well but is still not able to eat as his jaw is so swollen and sore. They have had to put a tube in to feed him so his care has gone into intensive care and is now costing £200 a day. With him expected to be in until at least Friday I have had to raise the overall goal. Thank-you for all the generous support so far - even sharing and tweeting is making such a massive difference to me.
Minstrel is recovering slowly from his surgery after loosing an eye and having his jaw wired. Due to swelling and bruising he is still not eating for himself and now needs a feeding tube to speed his recovery. He did enjoy having his head scratched though when we were allowed to visit!
Minstrel, our cat, was hit by a car on Wednesday morning and ran off into the fields near our house.
We spent 3 days looking for him knowing he was hurt. We even posted flyers to all our neighbours and put up a few posters just to try and find more information!
Very early on Saturday morning we were amazed when Minstrel made his own way home.. and he looked a mess. It was clear that he had been hit in the head by the car.
We took him to the vet to be told that he needs an operation to fix a broken jaw - which requires two procedures - 1 to put wire into the jaw to hold it in place and the second to remove the wire. He was also likely to lose his eye.
4 days later he is still in the vets after his surgery and loosing his eye. Suffering a lot of bruising, swelling and infection he is still not eating by himself... but was so happy to see us when we visited even rolling over just to get his head scratched!
What does this mean? Well, from the first estimate of around £500 for his care it now seems that all in all the vets bill is going to be around the £1,400 mark which frankly we don't have. We did have pet insurance up until a few months back, but times have been a little hard and we couldn't afford to keep paying... we never imagined that this would be around the corner!
We basically have few days to raise the money to pay for surgery as Minstrel should be able to come home by the end of the week if he starts to eat by himself.
We are pleading for your help! We didn't want to have the cat put down just because of the size of the bill. He is only 3 and should make a good recovery. Asking for donations is our last resort. We have exhausted all other options. We have managed to cobble together a bit of money but unfortunately nothing like enough to cover the whole bill.
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