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Buddy, Best Community Cat Ever

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Managing pain
May 07, 2016

Buddy continues to do pretty well after surgery but some days are better than others.  Wednesday and Thursday he ate his soupy bowl of kitty  See more

BENEFITING: Outcast Cat Help

Heather Kennedy

THE STORY:

Buddy was a scraggly tom cat who started eating dinner at my back yard feeder last winter. He would scurry away if the porch light came on or the door handle jiggled. Soon, the two community cats who maintain a residence on my back porch welcomed Buddy into the fold . . . sort of. They allowed Buddy to reside UNDER the porch (not ON it). Buddy moved in under the porch full time, coming out only when he thought he wasn't being observed. Finally, on Valentine's Day, Buddy decided to be friends and he came out from under the porch with his tail up to greet me and get his cheek scratched. Buddy quickly became one of my all-time favorite cats, and THAT is saying something. Seriously. This cat deserves to get out of the 'hood and become the lap cat he aspires to be.  I neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped Buddy in preparation for adoption. Unfortunately, while Buddy was anesthetized for his neuter surgery, we found that he needs some additional special care. Buddy has an extremely painful, progressive oral disease called stomatitis. All of the tissues of his mouth are inflamed and painful, and just over the past week Buddy has gone from being able to eat kibble, to screaming with pain when he tries to eat canned food. While we don't completely understand the disease, we know that part of the problem is an over-reaction by the body's immune system to plaque on the teeth. As a result, the mainstay of therapy is to remove all of the teeth. This is a critical procedure, so Buddy's extractions will be done by a boarded oral surgeon. Yep!  Kitties have specialists, too. About 60% of kitties are cured by full mouth extractions (FME), 20% will respond well but need additional medical therapy, and 20% of kitties can't be helped. Some kitties who aren't cured by FME are responding well to the cutting-edge stem cell therapy being done at UCD. So even if Buddy isn't cured by FME, there's still hope for him. Buddy may also need a temporary feeding tube so we can keep him from becoming malnourished prior to surgery. Buddy is such a great cat that I'd like to give him this chance. After Buddy recovers from his oral surgery, he'll be looking for a home of his own with someone who understands that he might need additional care in the future. Please make a donation if you can, and let me know if you might like Buddy to be your cat. Buddy is FIV positive (and I intentionally made that seem unimportant because I don't think it is very important). Thanks to the participation of Outcast Cat Help, your contribution is tax deductible and you will receive a donation receipt. Thank you!

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$2,650

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Crystal Heath DVM

    $50

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    $100

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    $25

  • Michelle C.

    $100

  • Taub Family

    $50

  • Cimeron

    $100

  • Cindye Friedman

    $10

  • Jessica Johnston

    $25

  • Mister Buttons

    $25

  • Laurence

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Carrie Fagerstrom

     

  • Heidi

    $25

  • Raider & Radison- Heather's SM Buddies

    $25

  • Pat Kennedy

    $150

  • Maria

    $50

  • Murphy Gagne

    $100

  • Shelley

    $25

  • Sammy James Caldwell

    $25

  • Davis Scholar

    $250

  • Buttercup

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $50

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  • Melinda

    $25

  • ForeverMeow

    $25

  • T Wilson

    $20

  • Pat Kennedy

    $150

  • From Raider & Radison

    $25

  • Taub Family

    $25

  • Julie Linford

    $100

  • sharon montooth

    $50

  • Bobby lownsdale

    $25

  • Alyssa L.

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Vincent Fleming

    $100

  • Tess D

    $25

  • Bill Boom

    $250

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88% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Bill Boom

Bill Boom

DONATION: $250

Hi Heather - my cat Tiny Elvis is a patient at RCCC and I heard about Buddy via FB posts from Tarynn and Michelle. What you're doing is wonderful and I hope this donation helps. I hope to be able to make further contributions either for Buddy or for any other similar work you might do in the future. 1 year ago

Tess D

Tess D

DONATION: $25

May Buddy have a long, happy and healthy life. 1 year ago

Vincent Fleming

Vincent Fleming

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

1 year ago

Alyssa L.

Alyssa L.

DONATION: $25

Best of luck! xo 1 year ago

Bobby lownsdale

Bobby lownsdale

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

sharon montooth

sharon montooth

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Julie Linford

Julie Linford

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Taub Family

Taub Family

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

From Raider & Radison

From Raider & Radison

DONATION: $25

1 year ago