Help Neener, Our Dwarf Kitty, Get Surgery
Organized by: Pookie Blanco
Every little bit helps
June 22, 2016
A little over 3 years ago when my husband and I were doing cat rescue the founder called us with an emergency. She had been called herself by a good samaritan about a box of kittens that were dumped at the edge of their yard by the road. All of the kittens were out of the box, save one, who was very out of place. It was obvious that she wasn't part of the litter and something was very wrong with her. The founder was torn. She didn't want to euthanize her, so she called us. We brought her home and fell in love immediately. My husband named her Janine because she had huge eyes that almost bugged out of her head. It reminded him of that line from Ghostbusters where Peter tells Janine that she's got bug eyes, then says he's sorry about the bug eyes thing. Janine was terrified of everything, could barely walk, had issues standing and balancing to eat, and her depth perception was off. We kept her in a small room with our pet rats, as they were the only animals she wasn't afraid of. Also, the room was carpeted and easy for her to navigate. Eventually she got stronger as we rehabilitated her and she started playing. She'd jumped out from under the hutch to "get" us and duck back under like she was saying, "neener, neener, neener." That's where her nickname came from. She's been Neener ever since. After about a month Neener was confident and well enough to come out of the rat room to meet our cats and dog. She slowly learned how to walk on wood floors and get up and down the stairs. She was taught by our other cats how to clean herself and play like a cat. Before that she did things like the rats, which confused our other kitties. We found out that she was several months older than we'd originally thought and that she was a dwarf. She also had issues where she'd get very scared, combative, and go into what I called a "black hole." We'd have to wrap her up in a towel and hold her tight until she came out of it, which sometimes took upwards of an hour. This reminded me of autistic children, so I called it kitty cat autism. As she got older this happened less and less. And she got stronger and more confident. Neener now runs up and down the stairs with lightening speed and jumps like a jack rabbit! It could be due to that fact that she's bow-legged. I'm not sure. She is also the queen of the house. It's quite funny to see a tiny cat stare down a huge one and get him to just walk away because she's the boss. Even though Neener has flourished here with us, she does still have health issues. It took her almost 3 years to learn how to meow and purr. She still can't groom herself properly, so the other cats and I help her. And we've waited to get her spayed because of the risk involved. She only sporadically goes into heat and is an indoor only cat (obviously) so there's no chance of her getting pregnant. It would be very dangerous for her. I've been treating flair ups with her gums and teeth for a couple of years now (both traditionally and holistically) which comes with the territory for dwarf cats. Recently she's passed the point of a flair up to full mouth stomatitis and has to have all of her teeth removed. It's painful for her, but we can't give her any antibiotics for it because that could compromise her immune system before surgery, which is dangerous. Now that Neener has to have this surgery, our vet wants to check where all of her vital organs are while she's under and put her back under after her teeth are out to spay her. She feels that the danger of getting cancer from not being spayed outweighs the danger of spaying her, even as a dwarf. But she agrees that she should have everything done the same day because putting her through multiple anesthesias/surgeries is even riskier with her circumstances. Our vet has estimated the cost of the procedures to be around $1085. But it could run more. With that estimate, medication, the check up visit, and the fees from CrowdRise, I am asking you to help me raise $1500 to get Neener this desperately needed surgery. Because of Neener's unique circumstances, I have decided that I want my personal vet to perform these procedures, as she has gained my trust and I'm very protective of my baby. I have over $10,000 in medical bills myself, and am struggling with my health. If I can raise more that would be amazing. All of the money would be well spent. It would go directly to taking care of our rescues, whether it's for medical expenses or food, litter, and toys. That would free up some money so that we could start paying down some of my medical bills. I can no longer do rescue work. But I hope to one day be well enough to help more special needs kitties like my little Neener. Thank you for your support. Every dollar helps!