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Help With Pilot’s Veterinary Care

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My cat, Pilot has been missing for 10 years. He was an indoor/outdoor cat that always came home every evening like clockwork. He is microchipped and was wearing a collar with a tag the day he never came home. We were devastated. He is a very special cat who loved my kids, loved to play in water, and followed us around like a dog. His disappearance was extremely traumatizing to us. So, imagine our shock and surprise when he was found on Oct 31st. 10 years after his disappearance. He was severely burned in the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa, Ca. A Good Samaritan found him and took him to Petcare Veterinary Hospital for treatment. It was there that he was scanned for a microchip and I was located! We live in CO now and I will be flying out to CA next week to be reunited with him. I can’t express how excited I am to see his face. I am really looking forward to being able to bring him back to our family. Pilot has severe burns on his paws. So severe, that he is burned to the bone in some places. He is going to need extensive care and treatment. Now you might ask, why do this? Well, I’ll tell you. Pilot has been burned like this for over 2 weeks. He’s been out there on his own and he somehow made it with very little food and water. He was dehydrated and starving. And yet he kept going. He’s in really good spirits and gets excited and wants to be petted and loved on the moment someone opens his cage door at the veterinary hospital. He’s not ready to give up so neither am I. I will do what I can to help him. He is going to need frequent bandage changes which he’ll have to be sedated for because it’s painful. The costs really add up quickly for that. I want to give Pilot the best chance he has. Thank you for reading. <3
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I want to say again how thankful we are for all of the love and support we’ve received for Pilot. ❤️ I could have never imagined how many people are rooting for him! We feel extremely blessed.
Pilot continues to do better and better. He is now bandage free which I know he is very happy about. His paws look amazing. They are still quite sensitive but that will just take some time. His burned ears are now almost completely healed as well.
We are starting to get him weaned off of the pain medication and, so far so good.
We are so lucky to have some amazing vets and their staff who have given him the best care we could ask for.
We did see the cardiologist earlier this month and Pilot was diagnosed with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, he doesn’t need any medication for it at this time and they will re-evaluate his heart in 6-8 months to see if there have been any changes. Fingers crossed that there won’t be.
Pilot is slowly making friends with our other cats and we’ve even caught him napping with them. ❤️
We’re blessed you guys. We are so blessed. Thank you for your kindness. It means everything to our family.
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It’s been awhile since I’ve given an update and I apologize for that! It’s a bit busy at my house!
Pilot continues to improve every day. Following his 2nd surgery a week ago Monday, we are now down to twice weekly vet visits and just 3 bandages! It was a big day for us when the vet said that one of his paws had healed well enough to be bandage free. Fingers crossed that we’ll cross that bridge soon with the other 3 paws.
Today is the day that we finally see the cardiologist. I’m looking forward to getting some answers about his heart and hope we can get him feeling even better!
He is up to 11 lbs now too. And growing a lot of new whiskers! It’s been amazing to see him start to blossom. He’s truly a miracle. ❤️
I will continue to post updates about his progress!
Thank you again to everyone who had been a part of this journey with us. We love and appreciate you!
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I still can’t believe we have our boy back. I’m so grateful and feel so blessed.
He’s starting to really settle into our home in CO. And he’s finally starting to feel better! We are down to just two doses of pain meds each day, he’s walking better and better and he’s putting on weight. Which is fantastic. He was so emaciated I was constantly worrying. His whole spine stood out and now that’s slowing disappearing. I can’t express enough what a relief this is.
Now that he’s starting to thrive we’ve been able to address some other health concerns unrelated to his burns. He had a nasty case of ear mites and a bad inner ear infection. We weren’t able to do anything with his inner ears until his ear tips started healing but he’s being treated for those things now. He’s also got a heart problem and we will finally see the cardiologist on the 7th. Once we get that sorted out, he’s going to need to have his teeth cleaned. He’s got some bad dental disease as well.
As I’m sitting here typing, he’s been tapping me with his bandaged paw wanting me to pet him. He’s such a love.
We ventured out of the bedroom today to let him explore a bit more of the house. He’s walking more and more and his awake times are longer so I decided it was time for a field trip. We went into our family room which has a big arm chair next to the window. It’s the coveted cat spot in our home. It didn’t take him long to find it.
Look closely! We have some new whiskers!
The best seat in the house
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We finally made it home to Colorado. It was a stressful trip for both of us but Pilot traveled pretty well for the most part. We were quite lucky as we had an entire row to ourselves on the flight and the flight attendant was ok with me putting Pilot’s carrier on the seat next to me so I was able to pet and talk to him instead of him being under the seat for the whole flight. That made us happy.
My daughter was 8 years old when Pilot went missing. Like me, she was born a cat person and she had nightmares for a long time because she was so worried about what had happened to him. I’m kicking myself for not taking a video of those two when they were finally reunited but he definitely remembered his kid. She came in the room and he started chirping away (he has this little chirp that he does) when he saw her and she started talking. It’s pretty amazing. They’ve been hanging out now as much as possible. This is what means the most to me. Our cat is here. He is healing. We are doing whatever we can to help him heal. And he and my daughter are happy.
Although I’m sad we lost so much time with him, I’m grateful for the time we have left. We will cherish every single minute.
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