Abby's Vet Expenses
I want to thank everyone who donated, over 80 of you, many of whom were friends and some; strangers. But you all read her story and took her into your heart, thus helping to keep her with me for over 3 months; time I know I wouldn't otherwise have had.
But before I do, I need to update the dollar part of the campaign. There wasn't enough to completely cover the final vet bill, but I knew I could get the remaining amount from a fellow resident who'd been in my apartment two years ago. I was trying the 'apartment' version of a garage sale (it failed miserably) and she'd wanted to buy two pieces of art on my living room wall (not part of the sale) and, while needing the money, I couldn't bear to part with them since they, with two others, were all that remained of my old life. I knew she still wanted them and, by selling them, the vet's bill would be covered in its entirety.
But before I could reach her, two more donations came in, via Paypal, from friends on Live Journal who'd checked my page and read the few posts about Abby that I'd copied from GoFundMe.
I immediately emailed both women to let them know what happened, and that of course I'd be refunding their donations. Both refused, saying almost the exact same thing: that in the future, I might want another furry friend in my life and therefore should keep the money since even adopting from a shelter wasn't free.
I don't know if I'll ever be able to do what they said... right now it seems impossible. There hasn't been a day without tears; without thinking I couldn't move in the morning because she was there, or seeing her little tail...okay, enough.
Basically, after the vet's payment cleared (same day as the Paypals hit!), there was still money remaining from those last two donations, so I donated it to the same agency that rescued Abby (and her sister), ten years ago this last October, thus making it possible for Abby to come into my life.
During the weeks and weeks of this campaign, I've thanked you all many times but it could have been a million times and still wouldn't have been enough. So, before officially ending this campaign, allow me to say it one last time:
And God Bless You All For Loving My Abby.
PS: I'm attaching a video of Abby -I've posted it previously, but it's my favorite
Dear Aly, if you don't know for sure if you're dealing with a food intolerance here - have you simply tried to feed her homemade food for a few days just to see if the vomiting vanishes? A little cooked meat (beef, perhaps) mixed with a bit of cooked vegetables with nothing else and then see what happens. Every pre-made/canned cat food has ingredients to make it nonperishable, "tasty" to the cats etc. etc. It's possible that she's reacting to one of these ingredients that are not listed on the packing. We had a dog with this kind of problem and when we started to feed him homemade fodder he became as healthy as one could wish. With the amount of food a little cat needs I don't think cooking for her will be much more expensive than buying cat food. Hope Abby will finally get better. :-)
Thing of you both. Hope for the best and plan for the worst. I know you don't want to think of her not being there, but also think what a great "pet" you'd be for another kitty. I ended up with 2 when my own beloved cat passed (naturally). Please keep my donation, I have no expectations of a refund. Hugs and purrs to you both.
Dear Aly, I found this online supplier who delivers BARF food online. You find some information anout the diet there as well. Now that I have had my own littöe girl castrated and she's a little bit more interested in food I shall try this myself. Good luck. Maria http://barfworld.com/where_to_buy.php
Dear Aly, in Sweden BARF, fresh organic meat, a big thing. It can take a while for your cat to start liking it but in the long run health anf looks really improves. Most people make it themself, but you can buy it frozen. I guess it is available in USA also. Take care of both of yoy Maria
Hey, I wanted to add my two cents here, Aly. My dog is allergic to grains but I'd been feeding her chew toys that had a dried chicken strip. Suddenly she began to chew and itch almost constantly with sudden bare spots. I changed her food etc. No go. Then I was in Petco when I ran into a food rep and he said one of the most common sudden allergies in pets is, you guessed it, chicken. I cut out all poultry, including turkey and she was better in a couple of days. She pouts when she doesn't get her favorite chewy treat but I have little beef bits for her
Dear Aly, just do what you need with the money. I guess I speak for most of the donors with this statement. And feel free to start a new FundnMe account if you need it. I remember when I just hade left home, I was just 15 and poor as a church mice. My beloved childhood friend My, a small black mixed breed, got in a fight with another cat and was very ill. I had no money at all, but different friends helped scrape together what was needed for a vet and meds. I shall never forget it. Many of us have been in your situation, and we feel deeply for you.
I am so sorry, Aly.
I am sorry for your loss. It is such a hard time when a dear member of the family is lost. You and abby's spirit are in my prayers.
I'm so, so sorry. God bless you and I hope you know how much we care.
I'm so very sorry, Aly. I wish you could have had years longer. ::hugs::
Ally, have they checked the thyroid levels? My cat was losing weight and vomiting and now is on daily medicine to regulate his thyroid. My Pepper is 13 years old.
I'm so glad you have a diagnosis now and can proceed accordingly. Enjoy the time you have left with Abby and spoil her as much as you can.