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Getting a sick stray cat to the vet

€210 of €200 goal

Raised by 8 people in 4 months
This is a feral cat we've named "Sir Hobo "that's been coming to our home since the beginning of 2018, at first very quickly only to run off when we would walk in to where we keep our cat food for our pets. It's been a very slow process but now he is starting to actual sleep inside (the weather is getting colder) and getting more used to us, on occasions finally allowing us to pet him.

We have noticed he has been sick for a long time, with obvious respiratory problems. Some days this seems worse than others as he has to keep his tongue sticking out just to breathe, and his breathing sounds like he's having a lot of difficulty. Recently we also noticed the pads on two of his paws are extremely swollen and causing him pain to walk. This morning he seems more lethargic and was not interested in eating - normally he eats ridiculous amounts, even after being de-wormed. So we just called a vet to get an estimate and schedule him for tomorrow morning.

The vet proposes to take a blood sample for blood tests to determine if he has a virus, and an x-ray to check the lungs, hopefully possibly without sedation and enough people to hold him, because he's definitely not going to like it. They will administer some antibiotics and anti inflammatory medicine. Ultimately they have to see him to know for sure and from there, see the results of the tests to know how to proceed. It's difficult for them to give an exact estimate, but they said it could easily be around 160 euro for the first visit.

We have already received, up until now,  80 euro in donations in response to a post made on facebook to go towards his vet bills. At this point seeing him looking worse today, we decided money issues aside, we will take him in first thing in the morning, so any additional help is greatly appreciated. At least we can get the first step taken care of and then figure out how to handle what other bills might be needed for any additional procedures he will have to face.  If we go over our goal, the extra money will be put towards any additional vet bills, and finally getting him neutered. If we receive more than required for all of that, the remaining money will go to a cat related charity


Anyway, we will be sure to post more photos, videos, vet bills and updates on his progress and hopefully of a speedy recovery.
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Sir Hobo is recovering well, his paws sem to be much better and now he is starting to sharpen his claws. A little more than a week and if all is ok, he will get his vaccinations.
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Sir Hobo is back from the Vet.

He's a bit stoned still from having to be anesthetized, but already looking much better. Here are some photos from him getting out of the Vet Clinic and of the bill.

The Vet had to anesthetize him, give him antibiotics for a severe respiratory infection, clean out his mucus etc., and did blood tests for any major diseases that cannot be treated, such as Feline HIV. which thankfully came back negative.

The problems with his paws were from his claws growing so long and curling inwards, they were growing into the pads of his paws. They trimmed his claws and the antibiotics should take care of the rest.

Anyway, we will be keeping him inside for observation and he will be ready for a follow up visit to the Vet in 2 weeks as long as he keeps showing improvement. I think he is already feeling better, but that could just be the ketamine talking :), at least his "Meow" is sounding better though. He's got his own room for the night to relax after a long day and get sober.

So, thanks again to everyone who helped and contributed on this (as some people donated anonymously, I won't mention names), we have successfully reached the goal as of now, which covered this vet bill and should be enough to cover his follow up visit and the rest will be used to get him Neutered once he is fully recovered.

We were honestly prepared for a much worse situation. and it easily could have been if we had to wait any longer to get him the help and medicine he needed, So, on that note, I am very glad to share the good news and to say we won't need any more donations for the situation, but of course will keep everyone updated on his recovery.
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Update: Yesterday, we got him into a transport cage (with much difficulty) only for him to break the door open right as we were taking him to the car, and he ran off outside. Luckily he came back a few hours later (just moments after the vet had closed for the day). SO we kept him inside overnight and got him to the vet first thing this morning, which felt like the knick of time, as he appeared to be worse than ever and would not eat or drink. - I am now waiting for the vet to call me for an update and hopefully to be able to pick him up this afternoon.

So again, thank you to everyone who has donated, or simply spread the message. We really feel like if there was any further delay to get him help, he would not have made it. I will have an update this evening, and hopefully with it some good news.
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