Sorry it took me so long to update everyone, I don’t have internet right now. Bear is still hanging on, he is about the same still. I had my vet to fax over Bears records to North Carolina State College Veterinary Hospital, to see if they could help in any way. I don’t have enough money to go there, so this was the next best thing. They were surprised that Bear is still alive, they think he has the deadly and contagious FIP virus. My vet said that he told them that it was the great care that Bear is receiving from me. (Aw) Both NC State and my vet said that Bear needs a liver biopsy, BUT it is questionable if he can make it through the surgery. It costs between $300-500 total (surgery, bloodwork, meds). The reason that it has to be a surgical biopsy instead of a needle biopsy (wouldn’t have to sedate) is because with a surgical biopsy the vet can see the condition of the liver and get biopsies of the parts that are the most affected.

It took me several days to decide what to do, this is a very hard and personal choice. My cat ACTS fine, he plays chase with the other cats, uses the litter box fine, and is very alert. You can’t even tell that he is sick, except he barely eats on his own, and his skin is still yellow. But he can not live like this forever, his liver will kill him eventually, treatments are not working at this point. I can not pts at this point either, he acts as normal as he ever has. He hasn’t given up, why should I? I plan on going through with the biopsy and hope he can make it through it. I am still in a bad place financially too, Bears meds and fluids are costing about $200 every month. I need help getting the money together for this surgery, please even if it is just $1, or even less, we would greatly appreciate it. I don’t want him to die, he doesn’t act like he is ready to die.

The biopsy will help the vet find out the cause of the liver problem, he thinks it is FIP but we will not know for sure without doing this. The vet said it could show something treatable, we just don’t know. I have decided to stop doing bloodwork and save that money towards this surgery, I asked the vet if Bear really REALLY needed the bloodwork, it isn’t showing us anything that we don’t already know (his liver is bad) and it isn’t helping him get better. The vet said that the biopsy is most important at this point. We will do bloodwork before the surgery though, that is included in the total price of the biopsy.

I have once again been forced to separate Bear from the other cats, I hate that I have to do it, he is a very social cat. But if this is FIP, then they could catch it, it is highly contagious. It spreads from fecal/oral route. So sharing litter boxes, food bowls, water bowls, mutual grooming, ect can spread it. It is easily killed with normal household soap, so that is a huge plus for me. I have to be very careful and wash my hands after every time I handle Bear, before I can touch my other cats. I can not handle going through this again, I will just die if another one of my cats get as sick as Bear. It is A LOT to go through emotionally. If it is FIP, it WILL kill him. There are no treatments for FIP, it is fatal. There are no effective vaccines for FIP, there is no way to prevent it really. Even the test for FIP is sketchy. Just because a cat tests positive for FIP, it does not mean that they have it, it just means that the cat has been exposed to the Corona Virus. It is the same for if they test negative, that does not mean that the doesn’t have FIP. Very little is known about this virus. That said, Bear has not given me any signs of giving up or dying. Even if I get a firm diagnosis of FIP from the biopsy, I will not pts until he starts having bad days.

He still acts like a ray of sunshine every day, he is chipper and acts happy. If I had never seen his bloodwork, if he wasn’t yellow, and if he ate, I would swear to you that this cat is completely healthy. I truly and honestly would, that is how normal he acts. He has had very few bad days since this all started 3 months ago. I would say he has had about 4 days total that he did not feel good, and acted like he was uncomfortable.

Once again, I need your help to get the money together for this, I really hate asking. But I have to try everything possible for him, he deserves every chance. I hope we can get the money together, and I hope my boy can make it through the surgery, but at this point it is our very last option. I want to thank each and every one of you for your help thus far, it means the world to me. It may be a while before I can update again, but if something substantial happens I will have someone leave a comment to inform you all. Thank you all a

 


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06/29/2010 11:11

We were so hoping no news, was good news. We will be amping up our purrs for Bear and we are sending gentle headbutts to you.

We will send some $$ as soon as we can, but Meowm says it won't be able to be till after the 9th of July.

Hang in there!!!

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06/29/2010 13:09

Poor Bear.
We will get together another fundraiser if needed.
Glad you are not giving up on him.
Love & Purrs,
KC & Mom ML

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06/29/2010 16:35

Is there a Donate button somewhere?

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Skyler, Frosty and Jeffrey
06/30/2010 05:42

Bear, we hope you feel better soon. We'll be sending more $$$ next week. Good luck with your surgery, I hope that you get some good news.

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06/30/2010 14:02

We're purring for Bear...and for you too, 'cuz we know how stressful this must be. We like KC's idea of a fundraiser. We would be happy to participate!

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Everycat
07/01/2010 01:41

We are so sorry that Bear is still having problems. We send him (and you) rumbly purrs that the source of his problem can be found and is treatable.

There is a vet in the UK who is considered a world authority on FIP and the associated issues (really, she is very good) Her website is:-

http://www.dr-addie.com/

Vets everywhere consult with her on problem/borderline cases. So we gave you the link incase your vet may want to look at her findings/contact her. She has helped many cats this way.

Big rumbly purrs to Bear

Whicky Wuudler

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07/01/2010 12:49

Sorry to hear about Bear. If it is FIP - homeopathy has helped other cats. Dr Charles Loops of NC works with this in his practice - charlesloopsdvm.com - might be worth a call. Good luck.

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07/02/2010 10:38

We're so sorry to hear about Bear. We'll donate a few dollars next payday. And we would encourage you to think about adding a Donate button through PayPal on your blog.

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sally
07/05/2010 12:32

Yes, I, too, am looking for the "donate" button, but it seems to have disappeared! Am anxious to read an update on Bear. Have been following his case since the beginning!

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Neala's Mom
07/07/2010 10:47

Bear- I am thinking of you and your Mom... I read your story before Neala had her surgery and after we paid our initial bill, I thought it would be so nice to pass on the little extra to your Mom- but unfortunately, as things turned out, we ended up with nothing extra and no kitty to come home with us either... BUT I hope your Mom puts up a donation button and we will dig deep and send something your way...

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Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna, in Illinois
07/17/2010 09:53

Just wanted you to know that we are still purring for Bear here in Illinois...Keep fighting the good fight. Sometimes that's the best we can do!
Snuggles and purrs,
Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna, in IL

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Bear's Meowmy
07/28/2010 03:21

Bear is still hanging on! About to update with details. I finally have internet again!

Thanks for the links Every Cat & Cat's of the Wild Woods! I will check those out.


Neala's Mom, I actually just read a little about your beautiful Neala, Jacky posted a memorial for her on thecatsite.com I am so sorry that she did not make it, just know that you did no wrong in trying. All we can do is try our hardest, but sometimes even that is not enough. *hugs*





Thanks everyone for the kind words, and an extra thanks to those who have donated or plan on donating! <3 <3 <3

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10/15/2010 23:54

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10/17/2010 23:18

I telephone call for him like I telephone call using the oxygen to breathe.

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10/19/2010 19:56

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10/21/2010 00:44

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10/21/2010 02:37

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10/21/2010 23:15

The more you fight something, the more anxious you become ---the more you're involved in a bad pattern, the more difficult it is to escape.

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04/20/2012 00:40

If failed. Please don't choose to give up.

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04/28/2012 17:40

i trully enjoy most of your articles and your different point of view. Thanks.

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06/07/2012 18:01

learning without thought is useless; thought without learning is perilous

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07/05/2012 23:36

Did not pay the person is not qualified to talk about success.

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07/20/2012 02:32

my silence, you want to see, but they don't understand

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07/24/2012 02:43

you won't feel bored, keeping.

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    I am mommy to 6 cats and a doggy, we live in North Carolina. I am a college student trying to take the best care of my animals. Right now I have been very busy trying to nurse Bear back to health, but due to the lack of money, I need your help!



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