Medical Costs for No Eyed Kitty Lola

Jerry (no eyes), Jax (one eye), and Baby Lola (no eyes) are a trio of very happy kitties living in San Diego, CA. Recently, our new baby Lola was overcome with a severe infection of the face, and is in need of funds for a CT Scan so the surgeon can know the best way to move forward.

Rewind a few months... 
Lola was left outside the San Diego Humane Society overnight with severely infected eyes. Most public shelters around the world wouldn't even give a kitty like this a chance - but we are very lucky they performed a successful surgery removing both eyes. 

I first met Lola on a volunteer shift at the San Diego Humane Society on Sept. 4. She was unsure of life without eyes, so I offered her food which she ate directly off my hand. For the next few weeks, I would go in and snuggle with her while volunteering. The routine was: 5 mins eating, 20 mins snuggling.

A month later, Lola was strong enough to move to a home setting, but not healthy enough to be adopted (foster care). I brought her home with me October 4th. At first, she was shy and scared, hissing at her cat brothers Jerry & Jax. Overtime, they slowly became best friends. I officially adopted Lola November 10th.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Lola had minor swelling on her nose and slight nasal congestion. She was already on anti-viral meds and had just received an antibiotic shot 2 days prior, so we though signs of Upper Respiratory Infection would clear on there own. Unfortunately, each day that passed her symptoms worsening, causing Lola to lose weight and have a severely swollen face. 

Last week, she saw 5 different vets, including to emergency room surgeons and an internal medicine specialist. Each doctor had a slight different idea of what was going on - from negative Cryptococcus (fungal) tests, to change in antibiotics, nobody could quite figure it out. 

This past weekend, Lola had 2 very expensive surgeries. The first was to drain her swollen nose, and the second to place a drain to continue the draining each day. On Friday night after the first procedure, she came home and played with her favorite crinkle ball for 3 hours.. never losing her happy go lucky spirit. 

She is receiving 24 hour hospitalized care, and we are lucky she is in the best hands at Beverly Oaks Vet Center in Los Angeles. 

Next Steps:
     1. CT Scan on 12/4
     2. Control bacterial infection after culture results come back 12/5
     3. Meet with surgeon to discuss best way to move forward

Given that she's only 24 weeks old, she has been through quite a bit in a short time. She's a fighter and we truly believe she will make it through! She's playful, eating, and gets sweeter everyday - showing us there is a strong desire to keep fighting.

We are also confident she can live a full and happy life after this infection/swelling clears. Our no eyed kitty Jerry is a bigger version of her - and he has more fun than any of us each day. Around the house we have lots of loud & good smelling toys, that we can't wait to bring Lola back to. 

While the medical bills are expensive, she's worth every penny to us. We are hoping to raise funds to cover the $1250 CT scan, $2000 for the initial surgery, $400 for the fungal tests, and additional $$ for her hospitalization.

The No Eyed Cat Club


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