Increasingly we noticed that Smokey’s weight was less and less and I took it upon myself to take him in and investigate into his whereabouts. Did he have a home? I wasn’t sure. I just knew he was skin and bones and I needed to act.
After making a post on my local neighborhood watch app, I would discover that Smokey was in fact adopted off the streets by a nearby neighbor. After some questions and a phone call, it became apparent that the weight loss was not due to neglect, or lack of food. Smokey very much needs to see a veterinarian and get examined for his sudden weight loss and lethargy. His owner who is an older gentlemen, has been tirelessly working towards trying to afford his care, but as 2020 has not been kind to many of us, his financial hardship has left him unable to tackle these costs himself. Smokey’s sudden lethargy and fatigue came out of nowhere. I have seen this cat every month since May and can confirm.. something isn’t right, and we need to act fast to ensure Smokey survives. The owner agreed and let me foster him so we can handle the costs and hoops it would take to get Smokey a diagnosis.
On 11/23 we took Smokey to the vet where we would find out that he had fluid in his abdomen, and a in-house lab test would show that the fluid was more than likely caused by FIP. The vet suspects this heavily, but we are currently waiting for an official diagnosis from the lab.
Originally, I was under the impression this disease meant an immediate death sentence for Smokey, and I was absolutely devastated. Thankfully, multiple people reached out to me about their experiences or people close to them experiences with FIP and the treatment options available for this disease.. I would begin researching what I could and asking questions, watching videos, etc.
After researching and talking to a FIP Fighter I would be encouraged to try the Mutian pill treatment, as this would seem to be the safest way of administering the medicine.
I do not want to give up on Smokey, as I truly believe he deserves a chance at a long and healthy life.
the GoFundMe goal is set to afford the full 84 day Mutian treatment (which is just under $4k) and additional funding to cover the food, and follow-up veterinary visits to check Smokey's white blood cell count and progress.
I ask for your kindness in sharing this campaign in the event you are unable to donate. Every little bit helps and I will add links to how you can donate and receive a thank you gift in return.
All our love and appreciation
- Smokey, Rock, and Ash
Other ways you can support Smokey & this cause:
- Enamel Pin of Smokey (Chartreux inspired breed) - 100% of profits go towards Smokey's care & treatments.
- Purchasing from & supporting my shop (I will be splitting all profits from regular sales to help towards Smokey's care)
- Andrea Crawford
- Monica Brooks
- Sara Durben
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