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Help With Lucy The Cat

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Lucy, our six-year-old cat, is very badly injured. Possibly consistent with having been kicked in her face and thrown around, she has multiple fractures in her jaw, and a shattered tail. There are likely broken ribs, and internal injuries. She has since developed pleurisy, an erratic heart rhythm, and very serious anaemia. If she gets through, she'll need her tail amputated.

Extraordinarily, it's still possible that she could recover. But it's also getting extremely expensive. And I do not want the decision over her life to be made by whether we can afford it or not.

This is further impacted by the effort she made to get home. She was missing for three nights, and then somehow crawled back to our house, dehydrated after being unable to drink during that brutally hot weekend, and barely able to move. She put so much effort into staying alive.

We've no way of knowing the exact cause of her injuries. The vets say being attacked by a person might explain the nature and location of the injuries, but can't rule out a car accident. We'll never know for sure.

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Ordinarily I'd not ask, but right now I don't have a job, and while we have savings to get us through this time - while I'm developing/looking for the next permanent gig - that's obviously a lot harder if a significant proportion of it goes toward Lucy. Our insurance covered the first £2500, but we're already way past that, with a final bill that will be at least £5000, and potentially an awful lot more. (It's costing around £250 a day to keep her in the animal hospital, before the far higher additional costs of her multiple surgeries, lung draining, medication, etc.)

I also get that it's "just a cat". (Frankly, she's a rude and annoying cat. But she adores our 4yo son, and he adores her.) And honestly, I would far rather you give money to Go Fund Mes that keep humans alive than to this. But if you've something left over, it'd be appreciated.

There's every chance she could die today, or tomorrow, or get better enough for the next wave of surgeries, and then die after that. She's in a very critical condition. And we may have an incredibly difficult decision ahead either way, of whether to keep her alive but miserable for possibly weeks on end, or let her go. But, grimly, we get the same bill either way.

Any extra money beyond the cost of the treatment will be given to Cats Protection, who are an excellent bunch who help 200,000 cats a year. https://www.cats.org.uk/

Thank you.
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Lucy's recovery continues apace. It's extraordinary to watch the speed at which she heals. This cat we went to say goodbye to just over two weeks ago is now so close to her old self (self-absorbed, endlessly complaining, permanently hungry).

The tube was removed from her neck on Saturday, after which she became so furiously angry with the vets they had to sedate her just to get her dressing on. So she's permanently in the Cone Of Shame while that heals, and perhaps for a couple more weeks until her jaw wire can be removed. She is already so beyond livid about being kept inside, desperately hatching escape plans, scraping at the comical pile of furniture stacked up in front of her (closed) catflap. (Her volley of attacks on it seemed likely to break the mechanism that keeps it shut.) That we have at least another two weeks of her imprisonment is thrilling no one.

Her appetite is voracious, she's finished her antibiotics, and is down to just one pain medication. And her poo is returning to normal! Solid stools, done in the litter tray. It's all absolutely extraordinary, when we think back to the all-but-dead animal that crawled home a few weekends ago.
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Apologies for the lack of an update over the weekend. (And further apologies for the way GoFundMe is mangling this update into one paragraph - this site makes some *really* odd choices.) It's been manic, and part of Saturday was spent worrying things were taking a turn for the worse. I'm delighted to report that, in fact, they are not. We have Lucy home, she's spending a good deal of her time out of her cage, and every now and then it almost feels normal.

It's definitely not normal, not yet. She still has a tube emerging from the side of her neck, into which we put multiple medicines, multiple times a day. There's another medicine that's allegedly absorbed by her gums, and yet more creams to rub into her many sore patches. There's a poke of wire that juts out through the bottom of her mouth, the far end of the wire that loops around her lower jaw, holding it together as it heals. There's a dressing around the former-feeding tube that has to be replaced every day, and a guaze that's supposed to stop said tube from flapping around loosely, from which she shakes it loose approximately seven hundred and forty-eight times an hour. And there's the frankly revolting swollen stump of her tail, distended and shaven, causing her anus to poke out a good couple of centimetres from the rest of her body. She is, in short, a state.

But she's unquestionably becoming more like her old self. Which is to say, she's finding the energy to constantly complain about absolutely everything, doing her best to get in our way, and beyond furious that she's not allowed outside. It's odd to once again be infuriated by her, and then have to remind myself that I'm lucky she's alive.

Extraordinarily, she's jumping up onto things with ease and grace, and when locked in her cage-prison finds the strength to go utterly berserk and knock everything balanced on top of it onto the floor.

Saturday morning was the only blip, when she appeared very down. A scheduled vet visit that morning assured us that all was well, and by the afternoon she'd perked back up again. By this morning (Monday), she was meowing to be let out of her prison first thing in the morning, and merrily stalking the house, shaking her tube loose, and doing her best to get her jaw wire caught on her dressing.

Our son is utterly delighted to have her home. Their reunion was very touching, as you can see in the pics below. And as also pictured, she's back to sleeping in her own inimitable style.
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Some rather big news!

Beyond all expectation, Lucy is coming home today.

A week and a half ago, we were pretty certain this wouldn't happen. As last week went on, and her health conditions worsened, we were preparing our son for the likelihood that she wouldn't make it. Last Thursday we all went to visit her so he'd have had an opportunity to say goodbye.

And yet today, we're preparing for her return!

There was some especially good news last night. She used her litter tray to poop. Which means that not only was it firm enough for her to control, but more importantly she knew it was happening. The latter was the big fear, that the nerves related to this would have been permanently damaged, leaving her with no real quality of life. But it's looking so incredibly hopeful now.

She is far from better, of course. Coming home she'll be mostly confined to a cage (we've bought an enormous dog cage for her), which she will hate with a passion fierier than the sun. She will have vet appointments every two or three days for the foreseeable future, and will still have a tube into her stomach so as we can give her medicine while her broken jaw heals. (If you've ever given medicine to a cat, you'll know it involves fifteen people pinning them to the ground while the bravest among you wrenches their stubborn mouth open.)

We're going to have to essentially wipe her bottom after she poos, and manage her diet incredibly carefully. It shall be undignified for all involved. But it's just extraordinary that any of it is happening at all.

I've said I'll be very clear about the finances. The actual total of this fundraiser right now after fees is £5,849.24. As of this morning the bill is at £6,500. Of that, £2.5k is covered by the insurance, so that's £4k of this fund already spent. And of course that number is only going to go up, with frequent vet trips, medicines, tube removal, and of course any further complications that might arise. However, with your extraordinary generosity, it seems hopeful that the final bill will already be covered by this fund. So again, thank you so, so much.

I shall update again tomorrow with pictures of the returning warrior.
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Very quick update: Lucy's tail removal got bumped to today, after a few emergencies came into the surgery yesterday. Which is rather good news, since it means Lucy is no longer considered an emergency.
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