Do you remember Simba, the early generation African jungle cat hybrid I told you about? He’s at Spots and Stripes, and because he’s started to bond to the human who runs that cat rescue, he’s staying with her. Early generation hybrids are too difficult for most humans to handle, and they bond very strongly with the humans who care for them.
Simba needed help for an enclosure, but that never got built because the humans running Spots and Stripes were able to isolate him and put him in a room of his own. Later, some other early generation hybrids joined Simba in his room, and things looked a lot better.
Recently, though, Simba’s health took a turn for the worse. He was taken to the humans in white coats — this time without taking a big chunk out of the humans at Spots and Stripes — and was diagnosed with feline panleukopenia. This disease can be a deadly one for felines, but fortunately, Simba was able to pull through. Maybe it was because he’s 75 percent African jungle cat but whatever the reason, it’s good news.
The treatment was very expensive, however, and this comes on top of a situation where funds for Spots and Stripes were frozen due to a dispute over a cat that was adopted from them. Simba’s treatment will cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,100. Spots and Stripes has put down $1,000 as a down payment, but they need help raising the remaining amount so that Simba can come home.
Because Simba has a high percentage of African jungle cat in him, isolation is not a problem. That is what happened to him when he first got to Spots and Stripes, and as long as he gets attention from the human he has started to bond to, it will be okay.
It is good that this wonderful African jungle cat hybrid has been able to fight off a potentially deadly disease. Let’s help Spots and Stripes pay the cost of helping him recover.