Minstrel, the pirate cat

£1,355 of £1,400 goal

Raised by 78 people in 54 months
Kate Pollard   Catterall, ENG

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.

If you can help us and our little man, THANK YOU!

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Update 34
52 months ago
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!
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Update 33
53 months ago
Minstrel is still such a friendly boy - he just loves to help. He rarely gets in the way at all...
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Update 32
53 months ago
Sticking his tongue out... Minstrel seems to have found a new place to sit - the windowsill! Seems that it is the nearest he will get to going outside in a while!
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Update 31
53 months ago
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!
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£1,355 of £1,400 goal

Raised by 78 people in 54 months
Created March 17, 2012
£25
Anonymous
20 months ago
£10
Heather Thornswood
20 months ago

God Bless this kitty.

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BK
£15
Bucky B. Katt
52 months ago

cats without scares are like fish without bike

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£10
Anonymous
53 months ago
£5
Kath Shepherd
53 months ago

Just had a look at Minstrel's latest photo. Such a shame. Please accept another small donation. Hope it helps. Get well soon Minstrel.

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M
£100
Marian
53 months ago

It's wonderful to see how well Minstrel is doing. Here's best wishes for his continued recovery.

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C
£10
Chris
53 months ago

I hope you reach your target soon, but well done so far, must have helped knowing you could pay the vets fees and save your lovely Minstrel. Hoping his next operation is a success too. X

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£30
Fedderiggo
53 months ago

I'm not from Clarksville- I'm in germany

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£10
Matt
53 months ago
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£5
Rose Gonella
53 months ago

My cat Sami was hit by a vehicle and made her way back home with a snapped front leg. She lost that leg, but she's okay now - she went on to be adopted by three abandoned kittens.

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