Help Winslow Walk Again!
Hello everyone. My name is Alex, and my cat's name is Winslow. I have had Winslow since he was 4 weeks old. I adopted him off Craiglist, the runt of the litter!
Recently, he started limping on his back legs. He has been diagnosed with Luxating Patellas, a genetic disorder that pops his back knees out of place.
Right now he cannot walk on his left leg, and soon he won't be able to walk at all. It is so hard to see my little guy in pain. I am doing everything I can to raise the money for his surgery, but being only 22, paying student loans, rent, and utilities, I can only raise the money so fast.
I miss watching Winslow run. My little guy is only 9 months old, he has years left of being a playful kitten, but now he cannot even jump up on my bed.
The longer we wait, the higher change we have of arthritis developing in those knees. And then he will be in pain for the rest of his life.
I cannot thank you enough for your time, and support. Every donation helps.
Much love, and many thanks.
Alex & Winslow
Winslow's story just aired on Good Morning America! Thank you so much for helping us spread this heartwarming story around the world!!
Please follow us @winslowlubow & on his Facebook.com/winslowlubow. We will be posting updates on his surgeries as well as the first times where we get to see Winslow run and jump again pain free. Thank you all so much for this incredible miracle!!
The world is filled with beautiful people!!
My cat Storm had the same defect. She had 3 surgeries on her back legs. I adopted her from a shelter where no one would even look at her because from the surgeries she walks like a duck . That is ok its part of her great personalty. I am so happy you have reached your goal. Best of luck to you and Winslow.
So happy you made goal. One of our cats had to have both knees done at about the same age & now you would never know he had an issue. Since both knees need to be done, you'll probably need most of the funds for both surgeries. However, they have some great specialist out in your area. Hope the surgeries go well. To Tanya Simmons- unfortunately, the knee does not get better on it's own. However, it's usually graded on a scale of 1-4. 1 & 2 can usually live without surgery & have modified lifestyles & pain management. For grades 3, surgery is recommended & 4 the knee is completely displaced & will not go back in place without surgery. I'm not a vet, but this is how it was explained to me. :)
It's so wonderful to read a story like this. My cat Tigger is the light of my life. I remember getting him from the pound and being told that he probably wouldn't make it through the night...11 years later and he is king of the house. I hope everything goes well with you and Winslow. Best of luck!
Congrats on making your goal. As you can see in my photo, I had a cat that looked just like W. I got him when he was a few days old, and he was a fighter from the beginning. He survived bottle feeding, urinary blockage and even cancer. I lost him in September at 16 years old. Fight the fight for your guy, he will walk with you fit a long time. Fight hard Winslow!
I just want to tell you that I think you did such a wonderful thing saving this kitten. So many people would have had him euthanized or abandoned. It always make me sick how many people will abandon pets, even ones they have loved for years, let alone a cute kitten. But you didn't give up, you came up with a clever, and albeit adorable, way to promote your cause and Bam, magic. I posted your story on my page as a reminder to people- they don't have to give up and abandon a pet. I actually got radiation therapy for my cat 'Dog' when he developed bone cancer in his shoulder. I remember people being shocked that I would get cancer treatments for my cat; they were so willing to assume it was crazy expensive or ridiculous to spend that much on a pet. I looked into all the options and there were a lot. Radiation was actually cheap and quick and he had no side effects. Anyway, good for you on many levels. I hope it works out.
My dog just got diagnosed with this a little over a week ago and was put on meds. Can it get better in its own or is surgery going to be our only option. Her favorite thing to do is run and run fast and hard and even though she's tiny she loves to chase big dogs. I'm worried that it will just get worse!! Any advice? I have all the handouts and stuff but it's not as good as hearing from word of mouth!!