My family has been working with feral cats for about 20 years. We have found homes for dozens of kittens, and spayed/neutered hundreds of cats (TNR - trap neuter return). They are also vaccinated in this process. Additionally, we have rehabilitated many cats from various ailments and deformities (mange, entropion, parasites/worms, fleas, mites, other injuries).
One of the cats, Cowboy, was attacked by a group of vicious raccoons (not rabies) this year. His best friend, Cowgirl, has not left his side through the whole ordeal. Once I was able to catch them, we started anti-parasite treatments and set a vet appointment for his injuries. Over the course of 5 months he has been given multiple antibiotics, as well as topical sprays, ointments, soaks and massages to clear up the infections and scar tissue.
His injuries cover his entire right side. There are dozens of puncture wounds starting near his spine and wrapping around to his belly, as well as on his right front leg. In spite of the pain and depression, Cowgirl gives him the moral support to eat and continue on. It's really a shame to see such a mild mannered and caring cat suffer these injuries.
We have been hoping to avoid surgery, and still may be able to, but the costs have already cost a couple thousand dollars, and the new tests, biopsy and cultures will be an additional couple thousand dollars. This does not include his potential surgery (cutting out the affected skin and grafting good skin in its place). The current goal might not even cover his future visits and medications even if he does not have surgery. We have never asked for money before, but the combination of the costs for this cat and recent loss of income, we have no other choice in order to save his life. He cannot be released back outside with these wounds and survive.
Please help us save this little furball.
6/11 $478.88 exam, Convenia, Onsior, Praziquantel, Revolution, Metronidazole; 6/24 $433.40 exam, Gabapentin, Orbax, Idexx aerobic culture, Convenia, clip/clean wound; 7/6 $219.30 Orbax, Gabapentin, Idexx fecal DX profile; 7/20 $68.00 Orbax; 8/5 $68.00 Orbax; 8/20 $190.81 exam, Hills Gastro Biome bag & cans, Proviable; 8/22 $57.76 Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Wound & Skin Care Spray; 8/24 $5.61 Hills Gastro Biome cans (last in stock); 9/7 $175.50 Idexx comp diarrhea profile; 9/13 $121.49 Tylan powder, Vetri Science Entero Health Pro Chews, SP Feline Immune Support; 9/16 $173.80 Tylosin liquid; 9/28 $57.76 Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Wound & Skin Care Spray; 10/19 $344.31 surgery consult, Idexx CBC/Chem/Lytes; 10/20 $1,968.16 Doxycycline, IV catheter/T-port/line/set, Plasmalyte, Idexx Snap FIV/FeLV, radiographs, soft tissue biopsy, parathyroid hormone assay IDX, priority biopsy w/DESC IDX, aerobic & anaerobic culture IDX, Midazolam, Buprenorphine, Propofol Blue, soft tissue sedation; 10/24 $80.79 Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Wound & Skin Care Spray; 10/28 $94.24 check-up, Doxycycline, Marbofloxin; 10/31 $59.95 Amoxicillin; 11/1 $8.59 gauze; 11/11 $131.90 checkup, Doxycycline, Marbofloxacin, Enro/Doxy solution; 11/18 $139.90 Enro/Doxy solution (x2); 11/20 $37.49 Azathioprine; 11/22 $38.50 SP Feline Immune Support Tabs; 11/25 $40.67 exam, Azithromycin, Doxycycline; 11/26 $165.69 Pradofloxacin (2x emergency vet); 12/12 $187.50 Pradofloxacin (3x regular vet); 12/14 $53.98 Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Wound & Skin Care Spray; 12/15 $69.95 Enro/Doxy solution; 12/28 $69.95 Enro/Doxy solution; 12/30 $87.42 exam, Azithromycin, Doxycycline; 1/5 $257.45 Pradofloxacin (3x), Erno/Doxy solution; 1/9 $159.20 SP Feline Immune Support Tabs, Cerenia, Famotidine; 1/13 $69.95 Enro/Doxy solution; 1/20 $26.59 Imuquin Feline; 1/24 $69.95 Enro/Doxy solution; 1/25 $174.60 exam, Idexx urinalysis, discount; 1/27 $165.69 exam, Pradofloxacin (2x emergency vet); 1/27 $286.99 Hills C/D 8.5lb bag, x-ray, tech appointment; 1/27 $19.99 Doxycycline; 1/27 $14.99 Azithromycin; 1/31 $62.97 Cerenia; 2/2 $48.28 Pradofloxacin; 2/3 $63.27 Azithromycin, Pradofloxacin; 2/14 $123.03 Hills PD C/D 8.5# dry (2x), 2.9oz/24; 2/16 $44.87 Nutramax Proviable; 2/17 $19.99 Doxycycline; 2/25 $48.28 Pradofloxacin
Running total: $7,284.69 (Feel free to check my math.)