So - I thought it was time for another update! Minstrel has finally been booked in for his next operation on Friday, so he will be having the wire removed from his jaw! YAY!
His fur is growing back beautifully... and he now looks like someone actually owns him again! He has got his full appetite back and has well and truly found his voice in the household again, even though he is still desperate to be back in the big wide world of the outdoors! All in good time...
We still have £185 left to pay the first part of his bill... and Friday will bring more costs, so would love to reach our goal by then. We have been saving to pay the extra - but every penny will really help!
My thanks again to everyone who have donated to help Minstrel - the difference in him really is amazing!
Well, Minstrel's fur is slowly growing back and he is adjusting to life as a pirate! He did fall behind the sofa yesterday though! Whoops!
The main problem he has at the moment is that he is suffering greatly with the wire in his mouth. It seems to be causing him great discomfort and he has had some sores and ulcers and even some bleeding at times.
He is due to go back to the vets next Wednesday to see if his jaw has healed enough for his second operation to remove his wire... and with the first bill not yet fully covered, we are again saving up for the extra pennies his second operation. At the moment we still have just over £100 to pay to cover his first £1400 bill, and then we are thinking the second operation will cost at least a further £300.
So, with quite a few pennies still left to pay, we still need to try and reach our target. We have had so much support so far... and are so nearly there!
I have spent some time taking some new photos of my little man today... so thought you may like an update!
Well, Minstrel has been checked by the vet today and he is making great progress. His wounds are healing nicely and jaw seems to be forming a great shape, meaning he can now just about close his mouth! He is also beginning to clean himself a little more now, so his white fur is starting to look less yellow!
The bad news is that he can't have his wire removed for another 2 weeks... and I think he is now really getting frustrated by it! It is starting to look a little sore, and he is getting a little reluctant to eat and drink, but the vet is happy with his progress. We will of course take him back sooner if things don't pick up!
We have paid most of the current bill thanks to all your support but still have just £110 left to raise to cover the bill so far.
In total we expect the whole bill to be somewhere in the region of £1800, once we have paid for his next operation to remove his wire and extra care. Obviously we are hoping to fund the extra amount ourselves, but every little will REALLY help...
Thanks go out again to everyone who has helped Minstrel on his road to recovery!
Thought a photo update may be appreciated too... this is my Minstrel as of yesterday! His fur is starting to grow back and so are his whiskers! We are having to clean him at the moment with cotton wool and water as he is quite untidy... but he is now trying to wash himself so hopefully the white will return soon and he will look less yellow and dirty! The swelling now seems to be really going down... so much so that we can see his wire and stitches clearly in his mouth!
Minstrel is well and truly fed up now... the wire in his mouth is really annoying him. He keeps trying to almost back out of it... and it is making him dribble terribly. He is making great progress though... but with the prospect of another bill on the horizon for his next operation to remove the wire, I still need to raised £220 to cover the cost of his treatment so far. The vets have been great and so far we have paid as much of the bill as we can... we just need to get the last £220 together to be able to pay it in full, before the next bill lands with his next op!
Hope we get there soon!
Well, my Minstrel has been to the vets for a check-up today and they are VERY pleased with his progress. The swelling has gone down meaning his wire in his jaw is more visible... and I think it is annoying him a little, plus he is desperate to go out... but he is doing really well coping with loosing his eye and having his jaw broken all at the same time!
His is full of dribble and gunk though... so we are hoping the infection and swelling will keep improving!
Thanks again to everyone who has donated or is sharing Minstel's page... we really appreciate all your support x X x
Minstrel is desperate to go outside today... but he isn't allowed! I don't think he will be going out any time soon...
His wire seems to be bothering him today, but we are off to the vets tomorrow for a check up, so hopefully we can get it sorted then.
Minstrel just looks so sad at the moment... he is in need of plenty of cuddles and treats x
Minstrel, our cat, was hit by a car on Wednesday morning and ran off into the fields near our house.
We spent 3 days looking for him knowing he was hurt. We even posted flyers to all our neighbours and put up a few posters just to try and find more information!
Very early on Saturday morning we were amazed when Minstrel made his own way home.. and he looked a mess. It was clear that he had been hit in the head by the car.
We took him to the vet to be told that he needs an operation to fix a broken jaw - which requires two procedures - 1 to put wire into the jaw to hold it in place and the second to remove the wire. He was also likely to lose his eye.
4 days later he is still in the vets after his surgery and loosing his eye. Suffering a lot of bruising, swelling and infection he is still not eating by himself... but was so happy to see us when we visited even rolling over just to get his head scratched!
What does this mean? Well, from the first estimate of around £500 for his care it now seems that all in all the vets bill is going to be around the £1,400 mark which frankly we don't have. We did have pet insurance up until a few months back, but times have been a little hard and we couldn't afford to keep paying... we never imagined that this would be around the corner!
We basically have few days to raise the money to pay for surgery as Minstrel should be able to come home by the end of the week if he starts to eat by himself.
We are pleading for your help! We didn't want to have the cat put down just because of the size of the bill. He is only 3 and should make a good recovery. Asking for donations is our last resort. We have exhausted all other options. We have managed to cobble together a bit of money but unfortunately nothing like enough to cover the whole bill.