As some of you know, I have been fostering kittens for the past few months through Paws Crossed Animal Rescue.
Recently, one of my foster kittens named Gylfie, who has been with me since she was about 6 weeks old in mid-August, went in for a routine spay surgery to prepare her for adoption.
When she returned from her surgery, something appeared "off". Initially thinking it was just a delayed result of her anesthesia, we monitored her but were not yet concerned. However, a few hours into the day, Gylfie had some sort of episode. At first we didn't realize what it was - animals (like people) react differently to drugs, so we initially thought she was just stressed and maybe still a little loopy. However, when I went to check on her we quickly realized something wasn't right. Gylfie seemed to have trouble standing, she wasn't responding to visual cues, and she seemed confused about where she was. We took her to our medical room for further observation, and after a short time we decided she needed to be rushed to the emergency vet. Something was wrong.
At the vet, they examined her for signs that she might be having a bad reaction to her spay surgery. They did blood work and tests, but while we were waiting for the results Gylfie started to seize right before my eyes. Her prior episode at the rescue, we realized, had been a seizure as well. When she recovered, we made the decision to admit her to the animal hospital overnight. Little Gylfie was given an IV and a cone, and was placed into a kennel for observation. I wasn't sure what would happen. I wasn't sure if I'd see her again. My heart was breaking.
The next morning, I went to the animal hospital to visit her. She had had multiple big seizures in the night. They had administered anti-convulsive medication, but to be cautious the vet wanted Gylfie to be 24-hours seizure-free before releasing her. Her second night at the hospital, she remained seizure-free. Unfortunately however, our earlier concerns about her vision were confirmed - Gylfie was blind.
We don't know if the challenges Gylfie is facing are a direct result of her spay surgery. We might never know. We are hopeful that her symptoms will subside after a few days. We are praying that her vision returns. But as of right now, we just don't have the answers.
At the moment, Gylfie's vet bills have amounted to over $2,000. Paws Crossed never hesitated to approve her care. When I rushed her to the vet, they assured me that anything she needed was covered. We are trying to do anything and everything we can for this special little kitten's recovery. I have been a complete wreck the past few days. If you know me, you know I love each of my fosters like they're my own - I don't know any other way. If you've been lucky enough to meet Gylfie, you know that she is full of spunk, adventure, and is likely the funniest little kitten out there. I hope so badly that we can get her back to her old self. And if not, I hope that we can at least get her healthy and happy again.
I started this fundraiser to help tackle some of these incurred costs. If you feel at all moved to help defray any of Gylfie's medical bills, I will be so deeply appreciative. I have set the goal to $1,000, about half the cost of her bills thus far. I realize how steep this, but truly any amount you are able to contribute will be so incredibly helpful. Paws Crossed Animal Rescue runs on donations, and incidents like this can derail budgets. And yet they still did not hesitate. This is a rescue through-and-through - the animals are the heart of the organization, and it shows.