Charlie’s FIP Treatment

Hi, my name is Hannah. I am a first year masters student in the Clinical Psychology program at Minnesota State University, Mankato with a goal of becoming a geropsychologist. I adopted little Charlie on September 26. I was super excited to have a companion in my first apartment that was completely mine. Charlie was very playful, loved to climb (the humane society named him Squirrel), and explore from the get go. Aside from a minor eye infection, he seemed to be a very happy and healthy kitten. I had brought him in for a routine veterinary appointment both on October 11 and November 5 with no concerns from me or the veterinarian. Then, on November 7 I noticed he was no longer his playful self and stopped eating the food he once loved. Instead, he spent most of his time sleeping. Worried, I called the vet and was told to monitor his condition, as he was not showing any severe symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea. After a week of his continued lethargic mood, I called the vet again and made an appointment for November 23, which was the soonest I could get him in. That day I brought him in expecting a mild, treatable condition. Unfortunately, however, I was told he has Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). This disease is causing him to retain fluid in his abdomen which causes a variety of health problems, and is ultimately fatal. There is however, an experimental treatment that was recommended to me by the vet. Information regarding this treatment can be found at . While this treatment is not certain, I know I would regret it if I didn’t do everything in my power to help Charlie. The cost of this treatment varies, however, it is likely that it will cost about $3,000. As a masters student with aspirations to later attend a PhD program, I unfortunately cannot afford this treatment alone. Those that know me know that I am usually very reluctant to ask for help and am typically very independent. While my time with Charlie has been short, I now cannot imagine my life without him and would like to do anything it takes to hopefully cure him of this devastating disease. I greatly appreciate every donation and your time for reading my story. I will post updates regularly.
Cuddling with his favorite nap buddy
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Hannah Lewis 
Mankato, MN
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