A second chance for Goldie the cat
God only knows how long Goldie tried to survive on the streets.
As long as there is life, there is hope…
We rushed Goldie to our clinic, and glad it wasn’t too late. We are in the process of performing all the necessary tests, including blood pannels, Xrays and preparing him for a biopsy next week that will help us determine the true nature of his lesions. For now, his blood levels look terrible…
There is a chance Goldie is suffering from a form of cancer, but it could also be a very aggressive fungal infection. At this stage we just don’t know. Whatever it is, we will do our best to treat him and make sure he gets to enjoy the warmth of a home again.
At this stage, it’s unclear to us how much his full treatment will be, or even if it will work at all. In any case, we won’t spare any effort in offering Goldie a second chance in life.
Update January 10
We are not gods…
This was Goldie this evening. For over a week we have worked on his more pressing problems, his dehydration, anemia, we cleaned and controlled the infection on his face.. for over a week Goldie has experienced love and care like he probably didn’t experience before.
For over a week we carried on all necessary tests, we found out conclusive evidence that his injury wasn’t due to cancer but to a fast spreading / aggressive fungus. Those were good news that filled us with hope.
Sadly at the same time came the bad ones. Goldie is positive for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), an incurable disease for which there is no known cure and that has extremely bad prognosis. As the Xrays show his abdomen is full of fluid
To rule out any possible doubt we also proceeded to perform an ecography:
As heartbreaking as this is this is a point where there is nothing we can do. Liquid is building in his stomach, and its just a question of days before the situation is unsustainable for him.
A weekend of love for Goldie…
I’m truly very sorry…. with the help of modern science we can fight mostly everything… but not everything. FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis is one of those things… )
So tomorrow Goldie the cat will come to my home, spend the weekend in the company of my family that will give the love his former owners denied to him when they abandoned him and on Monday he will be put to sleep… because in this case, just in this case, when everything possible has been done, it will be the right thing to do, the humane thing to do. Not before we had a concrete diagnosis. Not before he was given a chance to heal. Not before we found out that his biggest problem were not the lesions on his face but FIP… Now… Now is the right time.
I’m very sorry…
Update January 13
Soaking up on the rays of winter sun.
Goldie has temporarily taken up residence in the best room in the house. Sleeps right next to a heater and the cat tower whilst soaking up on the weak winter sun rays..
He’s in total peace…. and hell stay here for a while longer, experiencing what he was denied of.. he needed this.
Update January 28
Goldie is still with us…
Goldie spent a great first weekend with us… who knows when was the last time he managed to have a good night sleep, suddenly with us he could relax without having to worry about hiding or about finding food whilst going through the horrible pain in his face.
So suddenly, he found himself in a comfortable and friendly environment, and decided that it was not his time to go … not yet.
Goldie is still with us… spends his days lounging in the Cat Tower soaking on the sun and listening to music. He has no pain or discomfort of any kind, actually, I would probably think that he’s feeling the best he’s felt in a very long time…
And so, Goldie remains alive, his life is not a full one as we are keeping him separated from other members of the family, but he is great friends with Vania, and with Ali, the Cocker, whom I suspect is secretly in love with him, because that’s what he does.. he loves
UPDATE 21 of March
Today, three months after we rescued him and he was diagnosed with FIP, Goldie has left us.
During three months Goldie lived in my home. He had to be kept away from my cats but nothing stopped him from building a strong bond with some of my dogs.
For three months Goldie lived like if every day was his last… to the full.
Rest in Peace Goldie… Rest in Peace..