Save Scratchy's Life! He is battling FIP.

Save Scratchy's Life! He has been diagnosed with both Kitty Coronaviruses and Feline-Infectious-Peritonitis.
Photo:HalloweenCostumeContest 2017 From left Banana, TigerKing, Itchy&Scratchy, Sven & Elsa, Bunny.

Scratchy is my 3 year 11month old kitty. He is the kind of kitty that follows you around just because he wants to hang out. He is leash trained and loves walks and doggies (You can see in picture above, Scratchy very interested in his new Pug friend, Chula!)  

Scratchy got very sick with a respiratory infection in September and that stressed out his immune system.  He has lost 4 lbs since he first got ill and is now only 7lbs/3.18kg and very weak.  After blood tests, Scratchy was diagnosed with both forms of Kitty Coronavirus. The vet told us she believes he now has the Dry and possibly the Ocular form of FIP (Feline-Infectious-Peritonitis). All versions of FIP used to be considered fatal, however for the last 4 years now there have been experimental medications that have shown good results for treating  and cure of FIP with a 80% survival rate for kitties.

After feeling some hope that there is a potential cure for Scratchy, I did research into the cost and timeline for healing. I found out that I would only need 84 doses of 500mg of treatment. (Administered over 12 weeks). Then I saw the price, and my  heart sank because just one daily dose costs $160.  I also found out that as Scratchy improves and his weight goes up, the dosage must be increased causing  the cost per dose to go up.

I need to raise $1600 right away so I can place an order for Scratchy's first 20 doses (20 days of treatment). Case studies have shown the earlier cats with FIP are treated the more likely they are to recover and not relapse. 

If all goes well and Scratchy's weight goes up there will be an additional increase on how much the other 64 days of treatment will cost . A support group for people with cats that have recovered from FIP after using these medications, recommended  having 8K available to cover the total cost of treatment.

Please help me save Scratchy's life. He is my best friend and has helped me stay grounded through some very difficult times. He reminds me to take care of myself and to get enough sleep. He shares in my joy and helps me recover from sorrow. He is ever so kind and playful. He only claws by accident and has hissed at me only one time (after I took his bandage off from the blood draw last week!) He is the sweetest cat I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His sweetness is contagious. Scratchy gives me strength and comfort so that I may face the world as a positive, hopeful and gentle person. If I have ever caused you joy in your life, please know that Scratchy was tied to my ability to share that joy. 

I will appreciate any help in any amount. Especially since winter is coming which often includes increased expenses in my household and decreased income due to my partner losing work and my hours hours getting cut at work due to Covid-19 budgetary measures being taken. Your help will go a long way and I will be most grateful for what you can spare to save Scratchy's life. 

I know times are tough because of that I also wanted to offer trade of services for your donation. I can bake for you, paint (canvas and murals) for you, illustrate for you, write catchy songs for you, edit media for your projects, film your media projects/performances, and direct for you. I am also willing to share my skills in construction/plumbing, odd jobs, child and pet care, arts and language education, and much more. Much gratitude for the chance to work for your donation to save Scratchy's life.



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Kathryn Garcia 
Portland, OR

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