The story of Three Brothers. (Pictures below)
I rescued Frank and his littermates from living in the hay barn at work. I fell in love with Frank and decided he was meant for us. We found homes for the rest of the litter with the help of my fellow local rescue affiliates. We tried to TNR (Trap Neuter Release) Frank’s mom, but she was a savvy feral cat that would never trap. Frank settled in and we became best friends. We noticed Frank was becoming an avid napper and his belly started to look round. After several vet visits, we had the late diagnosis of FIP. Later that night we were in contact with a FIP support group that helped us get the new miracle medicine that can cure FIP. Sadly, Frank passed away before the meds had a chance to work. I was devastated, losing Frank broke me but a miracle ( well two) was right around the corner. A few days later, while at work the unattainable happened, Frank’s mom was under a storage building….with kittens! Two little boys, which we named Beans and Buns. Frank’s mom was spayed, no more babies for her, and the boys came to live with us. I had always worried that FIP would show its ugly head again since there has been some research to say there may be a genetic link to the mutation.
Beans and Buns have been happy kittens, growing and thriving. Two weeks ago we noticed Beans was a little more quiet than usual. We watched for a few days and quickly realized (hindsight 20/20 with Franks symptoms) that this cruel disease was starting to affect little Beans. Several days of fever and lethargy, we decided to try Frank’s old meds to see if Beans would respond. Less than 24 hours Beans’ fever was gone and he was back to his old self. Beans will need to complete the full course of meds (84 days) to fully be cured from FIP.
Since first finding Frank, I personally became heavily involved in volunteering for our local rescue. Our family has opened our home over the last 9 months to over 70 foster cats and kittens. I have nursed sick and abandoned kittens, spent countless hours trapping community cats, and transporting kittens/cats to their new homes. I’ve found that volunteering and helping with animal rescue has been extremely rewarding and meaningful for myself. I’ve never been one to ask for help, but I need help. I know everyone is going through something these days (2020 am I right) but Beans needs these meds to live and I need help to provide them to him. Thank you for letting me share these three brothers and their story.
Frank, Beans, and Buns
Trapping Frank's Mom and Baby Beans
Beans and Buns
Bean's Inital Bloodwork
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