Jazz Hands Kitty

$1,515 of $1,780 goal

Raised by 49 people in 21 months
Created April 20, 2017
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Hello Dear Friends of Jazz Hands Kitty,

Jazz Hands Kitty here. Some call me a  "MeerCat" a "TRex Cat" or a "Kangaroo Kitty" (the possible name combinations seem endless!) but Meowmy calls me  her Jazzy, 'cause I have such adorable "Jazz Hands!!"

I'm a two-year-old Polydactyl Cat meaning I was born with more toes than the average kitty (I have 22 toes to be exact)! I was also born with a very special and somewhat rare recessive genetic disease called Radial Hypoplasia that caused my front paws to be shortened and locked into a "TRex" position and my back legs to be larger and a bit more like a kangaroo, making me able to leap over imaginary buildings in a single bound! I was born (not bred) and adopted this way so I'm extra special!

I'm also a mascot and therapy kitty in training for The Growing Place Sanctuary, a therapeutic program for children and their families who've experienced complex trauma.

Now that I'm fully grown, you would think my baby antics of getting into mischief would calm down a bit, but it looks like I'm learning a super hard lesson with a big surgery tacked on.

My Meowmy is working full time with limited income and is also a full-time foster mom to a young human kiddo and needs and greatly appreciates your help with my medical expenses to, as she says, "keep me singing!" If you follow my social media accounts, you'll already know that I LOVE to sing the Songs of My People, and have a collection of Meow's going specifically for almost every #MEOWday!

Your love and support for my vet care mean the world to me and my Meowmy, but to also all of my friends near and far who love to follow my antics online!

Keep singin', Cuties! And a SUPER DUPER HUGE thanks for helping me keep singin' for a while longer! :)

I love all of you!

Jazz Hands Kitty and my Meowmy, Kate

P.S. Please don't miss the Prize Drawing for $25 donations and above! More examples are on my Instagram account. She can paint any animal, not just cats - she just has more cat friends!

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Update 7
Posted by Kate Brown
20 days ago
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Thank you to everyone who has helped make Jazz's vet visits and surgery for an obstruction in his small intestines possible. You are our heroes and have helped save his life! It was the knowledge of your love, prayers, and assistance with his vet bills that were the final factor in my making the very difficult decision to OK 'exploratory surgery' for Jazz last Tuesday. I simply didn't have the funds to pay for his bills.

But then you all stepped in and helped cover his first two vet bills immediately and now this big bill is being chipped away by y'all too, hurray!

I see light at the end of the tunnel for both Jazz's full recovery (he gets his staples out in 5 days) and for the cost of J's vet bill that's on a friend's credit card (she knew it would save his life) to be paid off very soon too!!

Thank you for your help - and for sharing with your friends! Any amount helps - $25 gets you an entry into a drawing for a miniature pet portrait, painted by me.

Thank you for helping save Jazz Hands Kitty's life by your love, prayers and financial contribution to pay off his vet bills!

XO
Kate and Jazz
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Update 6
Posted by Kate Brown
28 days ago
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You may have heard that I went ahead with the plan for exploratory surgery for sweet Jazz Hands and the great news is that they immediately found the problem, fixed it and Jazz is now recovering (still at the vet) nicely! It's really amazing and owed to all your love, prayers and support! I'm simply in awe of you all and very thankful to God for keeping our little buddy alive and soon to be all better!

Now on to the other miracle of #thebeautyofcommunity and the raising of funds to cover his vet expenses ($1750 covers the remainder of his bill, incidentals (like a cone and special diet not listed on the bill) as well as the gofundme fee.

I'm super excited to see how this will be covered as it was an act of desperate faith to OK the surgery when I literally didn't even have the funds to take him to the vet the first time (which you all covered in a matter of hours!!).

So, I'm trusting in God and in the beauty of this amazingly loving and generous community to make the seemingly impossible, possible!!

Much love and thanks to each of you for helping me take care of the Jazz Hands Kitty! He is alive because of your love, prayers, and support!

Thank you for spreading the word!

XO
Kate and Jazzy

P.S. I'm holding 3 Mini Pet Portrait Drawings, the first one for the first bill covered, the second for the second bill covered and the third for the hopefully final bill covered and I'll be drawing 3 names for that, for a total of 5 potential winners of the mini watercolor of their pet (it can be a dog, cat, guinea pig, fish, llama, etc. it doesn't have to be a cat it's just been cat winners so far). ;) xo
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Update 5
Posted by Kate Brown
1 month ago
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Hi, Dear Friends of Jazz Hands Kitty,

As you've seen from our Instagram/Facebook updates, our sweet Jazzy boy isn't feeling so great (scary projectile vomiting, slight fever, and some dehydration with weight loss).

He visited his vet's office today and they treated him with a broad spectrum antibiotic, did a stool sample (which came back clear), gave him a B12 shot, an anti-nausea shot and fluids under his skin. They palpitated his gut with no complaint, which is good.

However, we're still concerned because he did eat something he shouldn't have a few days ago (part of a foam sword of my foster child's - didn't know he had gained access to it and wasn't expecting him to chew it, the sweet lil weirdo - Jazz, not my foster child ;) ). The vet said he *could* still have bit(s) stuck in his stomach that he's trying to get rid of - but for right now, he's stable. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers that he stays that way.

As you know from our last gofundme campaign, I'm on a limited income as I'm full time working on my non-profit and am now also a full-time Mom to a very precious foster child, whom Jazz Hands Kitty loves (mutually) very much, as well! Jazz is his therapy kitty and has done a great job with his little buddy. So, there is a very concerned little guy (and Meowmy) here. We will do everything Jazz Hands needs to be and stay well. He's so very loved, super special and such a positive force for good!

Your help in covering the cost of his care with any amount (even a dollar!) contributed to today's veterinarian expenses would be a huge blessing and stress relief for all of us.

You all are so dear to us and we are so thankful for each of you, your love, thoughts and prayers, and kitty community support!

Hugs and kisses from me and Jazz Hands Kitty!

Love,
Kate

*His most recent vet bill is below.
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Update 4
Posted by Kate Brown
16 months ago
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Thank you all for your wonderful love and support for Jazz's vet visit and for entering the mini pet portrait prize drawing - our winner is Emily and her gang of furry cuties (@threesummerdays)! In other news, Jazz is heading to his vet on Friday morning - we'll keep you posted on Instagram on how that all goes. Thanks again! You all are so wonderful to help me and Jazzy out this way! XO Kate
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Raised by 49 people in 21 months
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19 days ago
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21 days ago
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Cindy McGowen
21 days ago

Love you Jazzy and Meowmy! Hope this helps a little bit. See you back on IG ( cinloveskitties)

MP
$10
Mark Peters
21 days ago

I love the photos and stories of Jazz Hands Kitty on instagram. I am an animal lover like Jazz's mom and she takes such great care of a special little guy.

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Cecelia Ellison
22 days ago
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Anonymous
24 days ago
$20
Sharon Uhlan Schmidt
25 days ago

I so admire Jazz and his human and all they do for others! Also Jazz is so sweet with lots of personality and keeps on keeping on!❤️

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Karen Castro
26 days ago

My little Goose had been very sick too a few years ago. Vomiting a lot & also no pooping! I was distraught. The vet gave her antiacid meds & fluid bolus. I was looking at more, like Jazzy had. The xrays & blood work, etc. And surgery! But I was fortunate. Or Goose was. She had a VERY large hairball she finally passed. Owy!! but that was the end of her problem. She felt much better within a few days. So I saw Jazzy's issue & her resulting surgery & had to pay it forward. A few years later but it doesn't matter. (Also a friend just surprised me with a monetary gift! I didn't ask anyone for anything or even really say much recently but this friend had some positive years & wanted to help others. So I wanted to pay it forward even in a small way. Much love to Kate & Jazzy. ❤

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