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Organized by: Justina Yong

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THE STORY:

Nishka is my 11-year old ginger tabby cat who is battling with chronic renal (kidney) failure and blood parasites.

Recent blood tests showed readings that were off the charts. Due to his current condition, Nishka is battling for his life - these two weeks is crucial for the both of us. Antibiotics to treat blood parasites would contribute to more damage to the kidney (which may shut down at anytime). However, without the antibiotics, Nishka is slowing losing blood from within – and he could die of either scenario.

He has not had a proper meal in more than 3 weeks and has been showing symptoms, which includes nausea, vomiting, lethargy, dehydration, weight loss, and depression.

While I would absolutely do everything in my power to ease him of pain and let him live a healthy, happy life, I am currently financially stranded. Nishka is required to be on drips and be fed kidney supplements and antibiotics (for blood parasites) in order to survive. He lacks appetite and only manages a little poached chicken breast, a tiny bit at a time.

Besides Nishka, I am homing and caring for seven cats, a kitten and a puppy. All strays, all equally lovable. Out of the seven cats, five are on a special diet (Royal Canin Feline Urinary SO) due to their previous health conditions (feline urinary tract infection).

Most of my cats grew up with me being their surrogate mother - my brother and I rescued most of them when we found them abandoned around our neighborhood. They grew up being syringe/bottled fed. I watched them tirelessly round the clock until they were old enough to fend for their own. And Nishka was always by my side.

Nishka is more than just a cat; he's my best friend, my pillar of support. In return for the littlest things I've done - food and shelter, he showered me with love, gratitude and companionship. He's one cat who acts nothing like a cat - he greets me when I come home from college (then) and work (now), he patiently stood by me each night when I wake up in the wee hours of the morning to feed my (then) newborn kittens, he graciously accept my want to help more strays by taking them in and giving them food and shelter, he nips me when I don't give him the attention he deserves. He is one who is incredibly gifted with 'human sense' and is very receptive towards how I feel.

In short, Nishka has been with me through the good, the bad, the happy and the sad. And it breaks my heart terribly to know that I may be losing him.

Back in November 2013, I lost my 3-month old rescued kitten, Ketchup and just last month (March 2014), I lost my one-year old rescued puppy named Poppy Joy to cancer. The thought of losing another one of my own in such a short period of time is just unbearable.

More about Ketchup: http://on.fb.me/1gWoCzK

More about Poppy:
1. http://on.fb.me/1rrW6g6
2. http://on.fb.me/1kbrWe6

This is Nishka:
1. http://on.fb.me/1lMTUfF
2. http://on.fb.me/1rqZcyZ
3. http://on.fb.me/1kbtapy (with part of the family).

While my fundraising objective doesn’t quite sound like anything extraordinary/noble, it would mean the world to me if I could get some help to keep my family together, healthy and happy.

I have always pushed myself to be resourceful in ensuring that my family is well taken care off, but when one too many complications happened one after the other – I find myself feeling paralysed for not being able to do better.

Poppy's cancer and now Nishka's illness has caused funds for everyone else (7 cats, 1 kitten and a puppy) to deplete faster than I can replenish. So I am seeking for a little kindness and a little help for me to pull through this challenge. Contributions will be used on his meals, medical expenses, vet bills and such.

I know there's probably a million abandoned/abused animals out there who needs help, and what I have with me is just a few who I could save - but these strays has become part of my beautiful little family and I have Nishka to thank for showing me how wonderful life would be with rescued strays.

To say I love him just as a pet is an understatement. He means the world to me and I am determined to do whatever it takes to help him battle through this.

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