Help save Stumps the feral kitten!

$1,905 of $1,900 goal

Raised by 71 people in 1 month
James Gielow  SAN DIEGO, CA

I've been feeding three feral kittens for the last few months. I was able to get them past their respiratory infections a couple months ago, but then recently they began disappearing. One at a time. It's been torture to watch.

Now there's only one left! Little Stumps. Shes a beautiful and sweet yet timid girl. She was also born without a tail. As of two days ago, she began having motor skill issues. Her kidneys are failing and may have been poisoned!

I've decided that I'm tired of letting these innocent babies die. So I'm sitting a vets office watching the bill get bigger and bigger. We're flushing her system while she in in intesive care.

I can't afford the care that she needs, but have decided that if she pulls through, I'll be officially adopting her. So I'm reaching out for kind-hearted people to help me save this baby's life.

She may be wobbly for the rest of her life and will need care. I'm willing to do that, but first we need to make sure she's healthy and has all her shots. She just needs a fighting chance to make it. She just needs you.

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Update 29
Posted by James Gielow
26 days ago
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I thought it would be a good time for an update on Stumps. She's doing awesome! Frisky and playful and no signs of further kidney damage. I've even begun cat vs. dog training. Slow, but progress every day. Stumps has even come out into the yard with me to hang out with chickens. But she mostly wants to stay inside. And sleep. Then she screams at me when she's hungry. We're all finding our groove, but she's healthy and happy!

The other day she began coaxing Sasha to come closer with soft meows and purring. Sasha moved in gently and I thought, "oh man! This is it! They're gonna make out!!"

Then suddenly... POP! She slapped the sh*t out of poor Sasha. It's was intense. And I was reminded something I had forgotten over the years of dogs and chickens.

Cats are dicks.

She loves her cat tree immensely though, and tends to spend a lot of time on that. Or the guest bed staring out the window and watching all the birds take baths in the waterfall. She's got quite the luxurious life going now and may explain why she prefers inside to the yard. Even though I'm almost always outside. But she can watch me work in cool shade and scented breezes. So, who's the real fool here?
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Update 28
Posted by James Gielow
1 month ago
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Well folks, We've officially reached the campaign goal! After all the fees associated with Gofundme, I have $30 left over. Talk about cutting it close!

I'm cancelling the upcoming blood test/follow up appointment with the vet because we are officially out of funds. It's going to have to be a sink or swim situation from here on out. I'll try to get The Feral Cat Coalition to handle the spaying and try to find some service for reduced vaccinations. I'll take any advice in that regard if you have any.

I'm putting all my bets on this being a result of poisoning. If it's a disease, then there's nothing more I can do. I'll be monitoring her progress and if there's any back-sliding then I'll burn that bridge when we cross it.

I can't thank you all enough for all of your support and well-wishing!! If this was a poisoning, then you've officially saved her life with all your generosity. She's looking great and is full of spunk and mischief. As all kittens should be.
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Update 27
Posted by James Gielow
1 month ago
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Cutting up lines of aluminum hydroxide like some kind of drug addict over here. The only way to get 1/16th of a tablespoon is by eyeball and division.

Then I crush some pepcid and add it to the mix. When it's mealtime, I add a little fish oil for the omega3s. So... Party time over here!

Tonight's SubQ was seamless. I swaddled Stumps and nuzzled her face the entire time. She purred nonstop all the way through. A prefect little water balloon. I make a good wet nurse.
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Update 26
Posted by James Gielow
1 month ago
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Stumpdate: She's acting like a normal cat. Jumping all over the place, hissing at my dog (who will always be my favorite, shh). She's looking fantastic!

Although now she looks like a water balloon from the SubQ. Which was way more chill tonight. She didn't struggle at all and I hummed a little lullaby to her while we did it. She actually purred, the big dummy. And the amount of affection she's showing me is unlike anything I've seen from a cat before. And I've had several in my life.

Follow up appointment is on Tuesday to check her numbers again and go over the ultrasound results with Dr. Romero.
The cuddles are intense y'all.
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Diane Caserta Wesson
25 days ago

So glad she's doing well!!

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Mardi Brown
1 month ago

Here's a place to start. I would think most places by now have some sort of low cost spay/neuter/vaccinate service available. http://spaycalifornia.org/

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Stephanie Morningstar
1 month ago

You've made a friend for life ♥

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Jessica Gonzalez
1 month ago

Hey James, we talked recently about the coral tree. If you email me, I will give you the info for a vet that might help pro bono. It's not a guaranty but she's a pretty amazing lady...

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$1,905 of $1,900 goal

Raised by 71 people in 1 month
Created March 18, 2017
CM
$10
Carey Miller
1 month ago
KC
$10
Kathleen Connor
1 month ago
RB
$35
Ryan Bowcott
1 month ago
$50
Kathy Gielow
1 month ago
1
1
CC
$85
Crystal Cuevas
1 month ago
1
1
$15
Jessica Wood
1 month ago
1
1

another lil bump 4 Stumps <3

LH
$40
Lisa Hancock
1 month ago
1
1

"there's no place like home" ... glad she's found such a good one

$40
Teishia Mathews
1 month ago
2
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You know I am a sucker for kitties..... because of you Stumps has a chance..if she makes it through she is going to have the most amazing papa she could hope for!

JD
$20
Jessica Diaz
1 month ago
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1

Hoping for Stumps quick recovery! ❤

MB
$25
Mardi Brown
1 month ago
1
1

C'mon, team Stumps.

Diane Caserta Wesson
25 days ago

So glad she's doing well!!

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Mardi Brown
1 month ago

Here's a place to start. I would think most places by now have some sort of low cost spay/neuter/vaccinate service available. http://spaycalifornia.org/

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Stephanie Morningstar
1 month ago

You've made a friend for life ♥

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Jessica Gonzalez
1 month ago

Hey James, we talked recently about the coral tree. If you email me, I will give you the info for a vet that might help pro bono. It's not a guaranty but she's a pretty amazing lady...

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