Audrey's Medical Fund

Many of you followed this saga in real time through my Facebook posts, but here is a quick recap:

During the second week of January 2021, I found a black-and-white tuxedo kitten wandering around in the middle of the road at night on my way home from work. Its eyes and nose were covered in mucus to the point where it couldn't see. It was skinny, shivering, crying, and covered in a mixture of mud and manure. There was no sign of a mother cat or any other kittens. I took it home, cleaned it up, gave it some kitten formula, and made an appointment with the vet for the following afternoon.

The kitten (whom I called "Samson" when I thought it was a boy and "Xena" when I found out it was a girl) stayed at the vet for three days to be treated for numerous parasites, an eye infection, a respiratory infection, and an ulcer on her tongue. Despite all of this, she remained in good spirits, very vocal and loving snuggles. One of my friends offered to adopt her, since I already have one senior cat and five middle-aged ones and could not provide the love and attention that a 5-6-week-old kitten needs. Once her time at the vet's was done, I took Xena to her new home, where she has been re-christened "Audrey."

Many of you expressed an interest in helping defray the medical costs of taking care of Audrey, and I am very grateful for those offers. I decided to create this Go Fund Me in order to give folks that opportunity to contribute if they want to. However, please note that Audrey will receive all of the medical care she needs, regardless of whether or not the Go Fund Me goal is reached. The goal itself is mostly an estimate for future upcoming medical costs.

So far, Audrey has incurred a cost of $258 at the Gettysburg Animal Hospital for:
- 3 days spent overnight at the vet
- antibotics and other in-house treatment
- parasite treatment
- nose drops, eye drops, and oral antibiotics sent home 

This is the recommended vaccination and treatment schedule for kittens:

First visit (6 to 8 weeks)
- fecal exam for parasites (est. $20)
- blood test for feline leukemia (est. $20)
- vaccinations for rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, panleukopenia and chlamydia (est. $15-20 per vaccine, so about $60-80)
- checkup/exam (est. $30)

Second visit (12 weeks)
- examination and external check for parasites (est. $30)
- second vaccinations for rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, and panleukopenia (est. $15-20 per vaccine, so about $45-60)
- first feline leukemia vaccine (est. $20) 

Third visit (timing at your vet’s recommendation)
- second feline leukemia vaccine (est. $20)
- rabies vaccine ($15)
- checkup/exam (est. $30)

Six months
- spay or neuter ($50-100)

I also purchased about $60 worth of starter supplies (litter pan, food, etc) to get Audrey off to a good start in her new home. 

All of this is just to give you an idea of what your donation is going towards, should you choose to make a donation. As I said before, Audrey will receive all the care she needs regardless, but if you are willing and able to help, we sincerely appreciate it.

Thank you!


Kat Clements
Gettysburg, PA

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