If you are a fan of mine on Facebook, you probably know about Coco-Nut the Big Fat Mitten Kitten. His human Kelli sure seems to have a thing for polydactyl cats. Coco-Nut is a polydactyl cat just like me. And Kelli is loved by another one, Caviar.
Kelli used to volunteer at a cat shelter, and she was what’s called a cat pusher. She would pick one cat, and make sure that everyone who came in looking for a cat knew about that one until someone gave that cat a furever home. One day, Kelli was looking at the cats who were scheduled to be put down and she saw a black polydactyl cat.
This poor four month old kitten had spent most of her life (3 months) in a cage. Nobody wanted to adopt her because of the foolish lies told about black cats and because stupid humans thought polydactyl cats have something wrong with them.
Kelli decided to adopt this sweet girl, who she named Caviar, that same day. The first thing she had done was having a toe that didn’t have any bones in it removed because it was a potential health hazard. So now Caviar has six toes on each front paw and five toes on each hind leg.
Caviar is a smart cat. She knew Kelli saved her. So she follows Kelli around, and she talks to Kelli a lot. She makes Coco-Nut, who’s very talkative, seem quiet. And for three years, Caviar has been a very playful, fun, and happy cat.
Unfortunately, about a week ago, Caviar stopped eating and became very lethargic. Kelli knew something was wrong, and took her to the veterinarian right away. Poor Caviar was diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis. Fortunately, Caviar was treated right away, and the recovery rate for cats who are treated quickly is 90 percent. Caviar had a feeding tube inserted, and is being fed and hydrated through that tube. It can take as long as a week for a cat to recover from this disease.
The only downside is that treatment is very expensive. Caviar’s treatment has already cost $1,820 and it will get even bigger because of the needed extended stay at the hospital.
Kelli will make sure that Caviar pulls through, but she could use some help. If you’d like to help out, please donate what you can or share this story so that someone can help.
I hope that you wonderful humans can help another polydactyl cat with big veterinary bills.