When Pidgeon came to us he made an unusual sound when breathing, but was otherwise healthy. He sounded like a Pidgeon cooing, hence his name. He is an extremely affectionate and loving cat and quickly stole the hearts of all of our volunteers. Over time, he developed issues breathing and eating. We took him to the Univeristy of Wisconsin Madison where a nasal polyp was discovered and successfully removed. He recovered wonderfully and we were hoping this sweet guy would be ready to find his forever home very soon.
Sadly, on Thursday he began struggling to breathe. We rushed him back to UW Madison. After examination it was determined that Pidgeon had laryngeal paralysis. Surgery was done within 24 hours to assist his breathing. Unfortunately there was some edema post surgery and he had to have a tracheotomy. The trachea tube was to remain in for a few days until the edema resolved.
Today we received the heartbreaking news that without another surgery, Pidgeon will not survive. This was a gut wrenching decision for us as we are an all volunteer organization that relies on donations and each surgery is very expensive. Pidgeon has come so far and is such a fighter that we don't feel we can give up on him now. He is still the happy loving kitty we have known all along. This last surgery has many risks, but we decided we want to try.
This unexpected complication will severely impact our finances. We were not prepared for the cost of these surgeries. So, we are asking for the help of fellow animal lovers like yourself. Please help us recover financially so we can help the next animal in need. Any support would be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small, whether it is $5 or $1, it will add up and help with the efforts to save Pidgeon's life. We will keep you updated on his progress.
Pidgeon has also become a favorite of the UW staff, head-butting and kneading. We are so thankful for the wonderful care they are providing him.