Save Silky Panther my dear cat

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Raised by 143 people in 25 months
Thomas Michel Harvey   ASHBURN, VA

Greetings and salutations. I have come forth at the mercy of the internet for my dear cat Silky. Silky Panther is one of five of a litter of a stray cat I rescued in 2007. At the time I didn't know the stray was pregnant until roughly 4 weeks after I took her in. October 19th at 11:29am, Silky and his two brothers and two sisters entered my world and I was changed forever. I didn't plan this, I didn't expect this, and suddenly I went from one cat to six. I loved each and every one of them with all my being and I can still remember to this day how small Silky was when they were born, small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. Watching them all learn to walk and run and climb warms my heart with fond memories, and I can assure you the letter to the Humane Society about getting assistance to get them all spayed and neutered was a fun one. They have all been one big happy family until last Saturday, Silky and his brother Gentleman had been in odd places they normally don't retreat to, under beds, behind my dresser, normally they're sprawled out on my bed or the couch or my office chair. They allowed me to pet them but they didn't want to come out, thinking that they wanted time away from their siblings and mother I left them be. This past Saturday they both came out in unison and were trying to climb into my lap, climb into my lap, not jump, which I thought was odd. I lifted them both up and noticed their skin was yellow and the whites of their eyes were as well. I immediately ran online to check the symptoms and my fears were confirmed, they were suffering from Feline Jaundice. It was too late at night to see my vet and so I isolated them from the others in the event the jaundice was brough on my some kind of infectious disease. They've always been indoor cats so I was very perplexed by this all. I managed to be seen by my vet first thing in the morning on Monday and their condition was bad, but not irreversable. After a battery of tests it was confirmed that they both had Fatty Liver Disease.

The below picture of Silky (Left) and Gentleman (right) on the night I realized something was amiss. ('Fraidy seen in the background)


The above picture is Silky after he had his feeding tube installed and spent the first night home. The spot on his left side was shave so an ultrasound could be performed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

Based on the progression of their condition and the levels of stress on their bodies the doctor could only surmise that they just simply stopped eating for whatever reason. Gentleman has responded to high calorie food and intravenous fluids, but Silky has not been so lucky. He had no interest in food and an esophageal feeding tube had to be implanted in him so they could feed him a liquid diet in addition to his intravenous fluids. He has managed to keep it down but he has become anemic and was transferred to a 24 Hour Care facility in the next town over from me. The doctor over seeing him, said the situation was dire but not lost. He needed a blood transfusion for the anemia and the treatment of his liver needed to be far more aggressive. This is where we stand right now.

 

Had I still been working my previous management jobs in the past this expense would have been a non-issue, but in 2012 I made the decision to return to higher education and I had to downsize and I couldn't juggle a full time 40+ hour job and still go to school. Between balancing living expenses and expenses for class it has left me with little extra money for emergencies such as this. Just to help cover cover the expenses of Gentleman and Silky at the local vet for Monday I had sign up for a program called "Care Credit" and much to my dismay I was only approved for a line of $1700. After transferring Silky to the 24 Hour Care center and a much heated conversation with the operator I was able to get approved for another line of $1800. That's $3500 that has already been spent and gone in a single day. It will take me 4 years to pay that off in my current living situation and just to hospitalize Silky for 3 days if he continues to respond to treatment the way he has in the baby steps way he has, it will be at least $6000. If he were to stay for the full battery of treatments and time recommended by the doctor of 6 days it will be at least $12000.







This is where I need your help, ALL of your help. I know it is a lot to ask for but this is my cat that I have know literally since the day he was born. If I can't do all that I can do to help him through this I will not be able to live with myself. Give what you can, tell two friends, share this on every social media platform you can, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook. PLEASE, I humbly beg for your help, any and all help, big or small. These cats, Cortana, 'Fraidy Panther, Noisy Panther, Littlest Panther, Gentleman Panther, and Silky Panther, for all intense and purposes are my children. The family misses their brother and I miss my "son." Please help bring him home in the fullest of health.



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Update 3
22 months ago
8 years ago today Silky came into my world with his brothers and sisters and changed my life forever. 3 months after he was admitted he's still ill. He's on blood pressure medicine and he's finally gaining weight. He's still not anywhere close to being fully recovered. Any monetary support or signal boosting on social networking would be greatly appreciated. Happy birthday Silky, you'll be home soon.
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Update 2
24 months ago
Everyone, it has been an emotional week and I do apologize that I haven't given an update as of yet. When it rains, it pours. Gentleman had a relapse and he had to be taken back to the vet no less than 3 times since this page has been started. He was so nauseated that he stopped eating and lost a half a pound in less than 36 hours of being home. For a cat of his size that is a lot of weight lost in a short amount of time. He was brought back to get fluids and high calorie food and now seems to be stabilized. His color is improving, he's walking about and having a good time, but he still misses his brother.

To that point, about Silky. He has had a HARD go of things so far. As you know he was brought in with a temperature of 90 degrees and over the course of the week his temperature has finally stabilized at 99 where it needs to be. He has been on oxygen and had a blood transfusion and has had fluids running in and he's holding food down via his feeding tube.

That said, he still has a long way to go. He is alert, he hears me when I come in and say his name. His eyes track with me and he can turn his head, but he is still not strong enough to stand. He's fighting hard, and I am fighting hard for him.

To that point, to all who have donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart. He and his brother, and the rest of the family mean the world to me and I want him to come home where he belongs. If you can spare any more, thank you. If you can't, signal boost and put it all on every social media platform there is. I will try to update more frequently now that Gentleman has finally calmed down. Thank you for your time.
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Update 1
25 months ago
At the 24 Hour Clinic now, he has responded well to the blood transfusion and is showing signs of being alert. There is some concern about his amonia levels affecting him neurologically but at present shows no symptoms of such yet.
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Mezcal TurIs
21 months ago

I would help but I was in a similar situation. I had 2 cats on IVs and meds, staying 2 nights at the vets because of some mystery virus. It cost about $800, the ASPCA helped a bit at $65 towards it. I'm still paying on it each month but I can't pay much. I'm still behind near $200. Try online, I'm in a small town so there's no real help. If you're in an actual city you may have more options.

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Jean Nielsen
22 months ago

Please please contact For The Love Of Alex. It's a foundation that funds veterinary care for people in your situation.

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$3,845 of $13k goal

Raised by 143 people in 25 months
Created August 6, 2014
Thomas Michel Harvey     Animals   ASHBURN, VA
$5
Anonymous
4 months ago
$20
Justin Gooley
10 months ago

Another donation from me. Eventually I will get back to being able to give more but I have been missing too many days of work from being sick but any little bit will help you

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$25
Justin Gooley
11 months ago

I almost forgot to donate again this week but here you go

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$40
Justin Gooley
11 months ago

Its that time again. Here is some more help from me

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AP
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Alexander Platt
12 months ago

Hey Tom its ilikechickendog I had some extra money and figured to donate for your Kitty hope this helps

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$10
Justin Gooley
12 months ago

Not as much as I would like to give, but I said I would do this every other week and I'm sticking to my word.

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$5
Christopher Yost
12 months ago

From one cat dad to another, I hope Silky Panther makes a full recovery.

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$20
Ross Hoffman
12 months ago

Sorry I haven't donated in a while. I'll try to make it a regular thing.

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$50
Justin Gooley
12 months ago

This is demon1656. I really hope this helps and I will continue to donate in the future when I can. Hope Silky gets better soon Tom

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PH
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Pope Harvey
18 months ago

It's a lovely burden we bear as animal owners and I salute you for your commitment to preservation of his health and well-being.

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Mezcal TurIs
21 months ago

I would help but I was in a similar situation. I had 2 cats on IVs and meds, staying 2 nights at the vets because of some mystery virus. It cost about $800, the ASPCA helped a bit at $65 towards it. I'm still paying on it each month but I can't pay much. I'm still behind near $200. Try online, I'm in a small town so there's no real help. If you're in an actual city you may have more options.

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Jean Nielsen
22 months ago

Please please contact For The Love Of Alex. It's a foundation that funds veterinary care for people in your situation.

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