Help Restore Grizabella's Vision
Organized by: Erin Brandeberry
My 12-year-old beautiful grumpy princess cat, Grizabella, needs expensive surgery for her eye, and we need your help to afford that surgery.
Belly has a sequestrum on her left cornea. A sequestrum forms when there is some sort of trauma to the eye that doesn't heal properly, and certain breeds of cats (including Siamese, which is part of Belly's heritage) are more susceptible to developing these.
The sequestrum isn't life-threatening, but it causes pain and irritation along with secondary complications that increase the pain and irritation. Currently, Belly is on eye drops to treat conjunctivitis in her left eye, which is almost certainly a result of the sequestrum. If the sequestrum remains, she could lose her eye altogether.
Our vet has recommended surgery at a local specialist. The prognosis is very good once Grizabella has the surgery. The concern is simply affording it, which we hope you can help with.
I adopted Grizabella in 2011 from a local pet rescue. She had a reputation for being less interested in human company, which I didn't mind, as she was meant to be a companion for my first cat, Mungojerrie, who seemed lonely.
Things didn't quite turn out as planned. Over the years, Belly has slowly shown that she is VERY interested in people, provided that interaction is on her terms in a calm, still setting. She's gone from running and hiding under the bed whenever anyone entered our apartment to sometimes remaining calmly in one of her chairs until everyone has settled down. Then she likes to solicit pets and cuddles and basks in people saying how pretty she is.
As for us, we've been on our own for a few years. Mungo passed from cancer in 2012, and Belly has adapted well to being an only cat. She's very talkative and considers my lap her personal domain, though she is jealous of the laptop and will take any opportunity to walk on top of it. She is quick to let me know (loudly and repeatedly) if anything is out of order in her world.
Grizabella has brought much joy to my life, and I'd like to repay that by making hers as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Please help me do that.