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The Cat Network: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for emergency eye surgery for a kitten who had a ruptured eye.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We had a kitten, Violet, who had what initially appeared to be an eye infection. After several trips to the vet and weeks of eye drops, it was discovered that her eye had ruptured and collapsed and needed to be removed.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Violet was rescued from beneath a rural porch in Spring 2020 with her four siblings. They all had respiratory infections, fleas, and were significantly underweight. Her four siblings were able to recover from the respiratory infection, but Violet just couldn’t overcome it despite numerous veterinary visits. It eventually spread into her eye, became an ulcer, and ultimately her eye’s structure collapsed and it had to be removed.

Throughout the long days and nights of antibiotic eye drops, pain medicine, steroids, and eventually eye surgery with sutures and weeks of e-collar use, Violet was one of the sweetest kittens we’ve ever fostered. She has a strong spirit and has proven her ability to overcome anything with a cheery disposition!

She now lives happily in her forever home with two other cats who love her very much. She enjoys running, playing with string, and chasing a laser light, although if the light passes to her blind side, she’ll cry until she can see it again. She has a giant personality in a tiny bundle.

The Cat Network Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for veterinary expenses for surgery for Lombardo to remove a tumor from under his shoulder.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The tumor was removed and was found to be benign.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lombardo was rescued as a kitten by the Cat Network several years ago and was adopted by a woman who passed away in June 2018. Her daughter was forced to return Lombardo (now age 16) to Cat Network because her two cats would not accept a new cat and were aggressive toward him. Shortly after his return, he was found to have a large sore under his left shoulder that appeared to be an abscess. An exam at the vet revealed that the sore was part of a large tumor. The vet did a needle aspiration and was concerned about the cells she saw under the microscope and recommended surgery to remove the tumor. The Cat Network applied for a grant from the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Fund to cover the expenses related to the surgery to remove the tumor.

The surgery was done, and the good news is, the tumor was determined to be benign. There were several stitches required to close the incision, and Lombardo had to be confined to a small cage to limit his activity for several weeks. He seemed depressed during this time and wanted out of the cage, but he was not supposed to be walking around, jumping, or doing normal activities. The incision healed well and Lombardo is now enjoying good health in a Cat Network foster home. He is a very sweet and friendly cat, now free from the pain and discomfort of the tumor. Lombardo is available for adoption. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42751989

The photos show Lombardo recently, as well as the incision after the stitches were removed. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for the grant.

The Cat Network, Inc.: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dental care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to provide dental care for two of our older cats who were being adopted and were in need of a dental cleaning.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

It’s an amazing thing when you are able to find fur-ever homes for cats who are no longer tiny kittens. People frequently overlook the “mature” cat, even though they are wonderful animals! We were fortunate enough to have two such cats be adopted in early 2018: Opie and Jojo. Jojo (first photo) was a totally affectionate girl who was about 10 1/2 and could have some issues with other cats, so we were starting to despair about finding a fur-ever home for her where she would get the attention that she wanted. Then a wonderful young woman fell in love with her! It was time for Jojo’s annual visit — and we found out that Jojo needed a routine dental cleaning. Even with no extractions, they are not inexpensive!

The second cat was a large, fluffy, leash-trained orange boy named Opie (second photo). Opie was 8-10 years old and also asthmatic. We had him in foster care for 7 1/2 years! When Bobby wanted to adopt him, it was truly an excellent match! Opie was also of the age where a dental cleaning was in order. He too had no extractions, but the grant money helped us afford this necessary care for Opie.

Both cats have been adopted for some months now and are loving their new homes!