Please Help Save Pooshie!

Hello Everyone! My name is Syeda, I am a college student living in New York City. About a year ago, I found a small, about a few weeks old abandoned kitten on the street. She was malnourished, injured, and was barely surviving. I decided to take her home and name her Pooshie and since then it has been a long recovery with her. She has always had food and bathroom issues and after a few different vet opinions, she was diagnosed with IBD, and then another few months later she got diagnosed with Megacolon, (an abnormal dilation of the colon also called the large intestine. The dilation is often accompanied by a paralysis of the peristaltic movements of the bowel).

She has always had chronic constipation issues since I brought her home and I took her to many vets and spent close to $6,000 out of my college tuition and scholarships on her treatments, multiple enemas, and manual de-obstipation. (I know I might be crazy but I am very desperate to save her life). The vets believe this may be due to pelvic injury or trauma she may have had at birth. I tried all kinds of different prescribed diets such as psyllium fiber, canned pumpkin, strictly high quality, high protein, high fiber, and even low fiber diet, wet food diet only but nothing seems to help with her constipation. She went from daily taking Lactulose, to Laxatone, to Miralax, to now Cisapride, and even after all of this, nothing seems to work. All forms of medications and procedures failed. 

The vets think her case is so bad, especially considering she's only a kitten, and Megacolon is most often seen in middle-aged cats with an average age of 6 years. After multiple vets' opinions and help, they all seem to have no other options on how to help her and even lost hope and told me to consider putting her to sleep! It seems thou I have to take her to vet every other week to get enema or de-obstipated, which is not only severely painful for her and for me to watch her go through this but also very frustrating. Multiple x-rays show how big her colon has gotten and made her colon paralyzed. The last and final option left for her survival is now a major surgery which is called a Subtotal Colectomy. A surgery where the surgeon removes 90% of the damaged colon but is able to leave part of the left side of the colon called the sigmoid colon. The surgeon joins the small bowel to the remaining bit of large bowel.

During the summer, I had contacted a board specialist who performs the surgery but lives in Pennsylvania. He had quoted me $3,500 for the surgery, and possibly $1,000 just in case complications arise and Pooshie needs to stay in the hospital for few nights for monitoring. Another $700 for traveling expenses because I live in NYC and the hospital is in Pennsylvania, approximately 2 hours drive from me and I do not own a car nor drive... I had put the surgery on hold due to fear of Covid-19 and not having enough funds for the surgery but over the months Pooshie's condition became critical and she is now unresponsive to all forms of medical therapies and now I feel the time is of the essence.

I am having a very hard time to even ask for donations, specifically an amount that is so large, but I feel as I have no other option right now other than come here. I know with current timing things are already very tough,  but I have spent thousands out of my savings and scholarship money to save Pooshie and yet I feel like I have failed her for yet not finding her a permanent relief from this neverending obstipation. 

The reason why I have not given up on her and am so desperate to save her still is although, I have rescued her but in reality, she has rescued me. In this 1 year since I have had her, we have become so close and have such a strong bond that I have never seen a person have with a cat. She has transformed my life. She is the purest and most affectionate cat I have ever met, she constantly wants to spend time with me, cuddle with me, sleep with me, follows me every second, even learned to open doors to be in the same room with me! She even is so silly that she will come running to kiss me whenever I pout my lips and make kissy noise towards her. She is so full of life and so happy despite always struggling with her health. Not only is she my best friend and my companion but she also gives me emotional support and became such an important part of my life. Prior to Pooshie, I was already struggling with my own personal issues and mental illness and constantly felt lost had no motivation but from the day I took her in, I became motivated not only towards my future but also towards responsibilities and taking care of her and wanting to provide her with the best life that she deserves. She is the light of my world and I feel thankful and blessed every day for her coming into my life during a time when I felt like I had lost hope. 

All of the pictures I posted are old to show her sweet personality and a few pictures of what her monthly-ish x-ray looks like out of the countless x-rays that we have done, as you can see she is constantly obstipated. I will send more updates and pictures of receipts once the surgery is in process. I am hoping to raise money as soon as possible, so I can schedule her surgery the soonest I can.

I want to thank you all for taking the time to read my cat, Pooshie's story, and I want to thank you for donating no matter the amount even if it's with sharing her story to help save her life. God bless. 


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