Thanks so much for helping us pay for the care of sweet Boots, the very ill cat we wrote about last month. (see: link to Boots’ Oct report)
After surgery for removal of his spleen, he recuperated for a few weeks and was starting to enjoy getting around, snuggling, and napping in the sunshine. Then, suddenly, he stopped eating. The poor little guy had developed an infection in a dead tooth and a sore on his rump the size of a nickel he had licked raw. Under anesthesia to remove the tooth, the veterinarian examined him for causes of the skin irritation, and more tissue went to the lab.
Unfortunately, the lab report showed that in addition to Spleenic Lymphoma, Boots has a second diagnosis: Skin Mastcell Tumor, a lethal type of feline skin cancer. We briefly considered chemotherapy but decided not to put him through that ordeal, knowing at best it would extend his life for only a few weeks. For now, three different medications are keeping him comfortable. He hates the pills but forgives and forgets as soon as he gets his bowl of liver and chicken.
There’s no telling how much longer Boots has left but until he becomes too tired to snuggle or lounge in the window watching birds, he will get whatever he needs. Our promise is love and comfort for however long he is with us. Although the poor boy seems unable to catch a break, his situation is a good reminder that rescue is about more than finding homes. It is about valuing the life and meeting the unique needs of each creature that comes to us for help.
Boots is one of the sweetest cats we’ve ever known. He is gentle, loving, and non-confrontational with other cats. He is always happy to see us and he purrs up a storm to prove it. That alone is reward enough. However, there are bills to pay. Your generous donations reduced to the total bill significantly and our vet kindly donated some of his services, but we still need $600 to settle Boots’ account.
We know you shared our hopes of saving Boots’ life with the medical care you have helped with so far, and you share our sadness and disappointment. We still need your help. Please make your tax deductible donation for Boots via:
-Call or send in your donation to:
Grassmere Animal Hospital
3926 Nolensville Rd
Nashville, TN 37211
-Snail Mail to:
P. O. Box 111888
Nashville, TN 37222
Thank you so very much!
Boots and Karina