Save Goose the Kitten
To view more photos of Goose's mouth (some are a tad graphic, so be ready!), visit his album:
The approximate veterinary cost for Goose is close to $6000.00 and he will need two critical, involved surgeries. The 1st surgery would be a combination of anesthetized exam + imaging (CT) to get a better idea of the extent of the palatal defect, tissue around the upper lips/canine teeth for planning for the definitive surgery, and extraction of teeth on the upper and lower jaws - mainly incisors/canines +/- some of the upper front premolars in order to have the areas where the flaps needed for the 2nd surgery will be only tissue/no teeth thus allowing larger flaps to cover his palatal defect.
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In case you have not noticed Goose has grown into a full fledged Catbird in the meantime and is no longer a kitten. As such he has continued to grow into his role as guard cat (he drools on all new visitors and immobilizes intruders by sitting on their laps), foster brother to other cats and kittens, and all around super catbird.
Please help us reach this final goal and get Goosey closer to his dream of eating on his own and finally closing up that silly hole in his palate!
In about a week, Goose will meet with his dental specialist to have a check-up and strategy-session. His very kind doctor has reported consulting with many colleagues about his unique situation, so we are excited to get some new ideas and feedback.
Meanwhile, Goose practices his baby bird act daily, which requires hand-feeding and a gratuitous amount of snuggling. Despite recurring sinus infections he is a happy, loving, and silly cat with a fabulous quality of life. He's even appointed himself "Greeter of the Foster House" to which his outgoing personality is perfectly suited.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support of mister Goose.
It's been a bumpy ride these past 2.5 weeks after Goose's last surgery. Sometimes the bumps in the road come in the form of holes in your palate...
The skin graft was unfortunately not a success. It is suspected that the existing scar tissue / impaired blood flow hindered the healing process and ultimately caused the new flesh to not adhere and thrive.
Goose's vet team is closely monitoring the situation. While this is not what any of us hoped for, he is happy, loved and comfortable until we come up with Plan B. It likely will incur more expenses, but sometimes that is life and we think Goose is worth it. We'll keep you posted!
How is the little guy doing now?
Diane H, yes, Eastern time! We'll post the segment after it airs too :)
Is that 9:15 Eastern time?
Yay Goose! We love you little guy!
Hi Boo KittyFoo! We have not been officially advertising Goose yet - once he's had his final surgery and we know what his eating condition will be, he will be available. As of right now, no adopter, but we're sure he'll be popular. But don't worry, he'll stay in his awesome foster home until he finds his forever home! Thank you!
Where will Goose be going once he is all better? Has this precious darling been adopted yet?
We got Goose's nomination accepted as the beneficiary for tonight's CatNip Party hosted by Justin, Fire Survivor. Let the partying begin!!
Yes and yes Jenny!! The total teeth to be removed will be determined when they knock him out and do dental xrays (and probably a CT scan to set an idea of the bone) before removing teeth, but all the front teeth, canines and possibly some premolars will be gone.
Hopefully we can get Justin, Fire Survivor to dedicate tomorrow's Catnip Party to Goose!
From what I'm reading, I assume Goose will no longer have any front teeth? He has made such an amazing recovery so far.