On Thursday March 25th I took Yushi to the vet for the fourth time in six weeks. After multiple visits and medication to try and help Yushi recover from her unknown illness, the vet recommended getting bloodwork done. I spent six weeks trying everything I could to help her - meds, love and cuddles, play time, treats, vet visit after vet visit - and it wasn't until yesterday, Friday March 26th, that she was diagnosed with [dry] Feline Infectious Peritonitis (otherwise known as FIP).
If anyone is well-versed on cat illnesses or has experienced FIP firsthand, then they know just how fatal this disease is. It swoops in and wreaks havoc on not only the kitties life, but the parents as well. It is fast acting and, as of now, does not have an FDA approved treatment for it. With that being said, I am looking into other ways I can help provide for her and extend her life through the help of wonderful cat parents who have experienced this too. I would like to start her on a treatment that has shown positive outcomes on cats lives and has allowed them to fully recover. This treatment was recommended to me by my vet who pointed me in the right direction I needed to get more information on how to save Yushi's life.
A little about Yushi and how she came into my life:
First, she is the best. I can't put into words how much I love her, even though we've only spent 8 months together. In August of 2020 I had moved into a new apartment that was, for lack of better words, terrible and soul-sucking. I was living alone at the time with my oldest kitty Sam (we've been together for almost 12 years now) and that proved to be a little lonely at times because Sam's favorite activity is eating and sleeping. I wanted more energy in the apartment, some spunky kitty liveliness to give me that boost of serotonin I so desperately needed. I turned to my local adoption center. On the day of my visit, after looking at a few cats, I came across Yushi. She was a tiny little thing, only 3-ish months old at the time, and looking very scared. When I picked her up she immediately curled into my chest and made herself at home. It was in that moment that I wanted her. She chose me and I gave her everything I possibly could to make her life special. I named her after a character in my favorite book (TGCF): Yushi Huang, a princess that represents strength, beauty, and Godliness.
Yushi made herself at home very fast -- snuggling with me all the time, chasing after a laser, begging for food every morning, and meowing with me. Yes, you heard that right, meowing WITH me! Somewhere along the way we started meowing at each other anytime we make eye contact. It's hilarious and makes me laugh every time it happens.
Just like the character I named her after, Yushi shows signs of strength and overflowing love. She deserves a chance to fight FIP and to hopefully live a longer life than this typically fatal disease has in store for her. I want to give her a chance. I want to continue to do everything in my power to make her happy and comfortable and to allow her more time to experience the wonders of life - including her first birthday, her first summer with me, and so on and so forth.
Now to the whole reason I am writing this...
The treatment Yushi will be put on is quite pricey. It's an 84-day treatment that requires continuous medication over this span of time, as well as once a month checkups to make sure her bloodwork is stable and her health improving. I can only provide so much financially as I am a part-time working/full-time college student. I am already leaning on my savings account for my own bills and have already dipped in quite a bit for vet visits for my cats over the past 8 months. I need help, though. I need help to get Yushi to the finish line of this treatment. I am resorting to selling certain possessions to help fund her treatment, as these are things I can always get back in the future if I want, but in this moment her well-being is this most important.
I realize this is a lot to ask, but I am desperate. I want her to live. I want to keep my spunky little kitten and watch her experience more life than she's suddenly been given. I have dreams of taking her and Sam with me to teach English in a foreign country when I graduate, but FIP is determined to squash those dreams. This can't be the end, though, not without a fighting chance.
Anything and everything that is donated is sincerely appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I wish there was a way I could give back to anyone who is able to donate, but at this time I don't know what I can do to make it an even and fair trade. I can only send all of my love and support your way whenever you need it.
Lastly, if Yushi does not make it through the treatment and there are donated funds remaining, I will use those to put towards her service (at home sleep time and cremation) and then donate the rest to another cat who is in need or an FIP fundraiser. I am hoping it does not come to this, but it's important that you know your donation will be helping a precious cat one way or another.
Thank you for reading this, I really appreciate the time you've taken out of your day to hear Yushi's story. If you're unable to donate, that is so okay too! I would like to ask that you share this fundraiser if you have the option to, though. Again, thank you.
Much love to everyone,
- Peter Cohen
- Megan Langhorne
- Margaret Swan
- Alexander Casanova
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