Our 2-year-old kitty - Chewie (named after Chewbacca because his parents love Star Wars, as well as the word ‘chew’ because he used to chew on everything) has been diagnosed with FIP (Feline infectious peritonitis) of wet form. It is a very rare and aggressive form of virus with only one known form of treatment. The drug is called GS - 441524. The treatment is very effective, but unfortunately extremely expensive.Without the therapy cats usually survive for a few days/weeks/maximum of 2 months after showing symptoms and it’s pretty much completely fatal without the administration of this therapy.
Because of FIP, Chewie has a belly full of fluid that makes it difficult for him to move and eat. He has a fever and might get other symptoms as the illness progresses.
Chewie needs to get injections of the drug every day for a minimum of 84 days, Based on his current weight his drugs cost 44€ per day for a total cost of 3696€ for the 84 days minimum needed. This cost doesn’t include costs of shipping the drug from abroad, costs of periodical veterinary check-ups and daily administration of the drug by a vet. As Chewie puts on weight through the treatment, we might also need to increase the dosage which will results in higher costs as well.
We realise that times are difficult for everyone right now. Being musicians ourselves, we lost part of our monthly income too, which makes it even more difficult for us to pay for Chewie’s treatment. Any help and contribution you can make towards his cause would be greatly appreciated.
We understand if you can’t afford to donate, but if you would still like to help our cause - please share this crowdfund across your social media platforms. This would already be incredibly helpful!
Chewie was found by us on the street in Greece when he was just 1 month old and he was very poorly. We were told we should not expect him to survive. But after only a week he started getting stronger and started living his best life as a normal and healthy kitten. He is also a very well-traveled kitty. When he was only 3 months old his parents transported him to England, where they lived at the time. 10 months later he was on the plane back to Greece, because of his parents indecisiveness on where they want to live ;) He’s been to the beach side of Chalkidiki too, and now he’s living in Thessaloniki.
He is an extremely active cat, he easily gets into mischief but you can’t not love him even for that. He bites on feet at night, likes playing fetch, quickly destroys any toys he gets and he absolutely loves heights. He makes us laugh every day, he is the cutest cat we know, and there is nothing in the world that could describe our love towards him!
We believe that, with the help of this drug, his strong spirit will manifest the illness and he will be able to go back to his best self and live a long and happy life, be naughty and lively again. He is not even 2 years old yet, but he managed to teach us so much! His loving soul, playful character and courage have been sparks of joy in our lives.
He went through so much already, he deserves the best life, and that’s why we are going to fight and we are not giving up.
Pricy treatment, however, will be very draining financially for us. At the moment we are not able to pay for all of the remedy needed. We would hate to be in a position when we cannot afford next batch.
We will be grateful even for the smallest donation.
However, if someone does decide to donate a bit more, we have a small prize as a “thank you”. We, Chewie’s parents, are musicians (Ada is a singer and Nikos a guitarist), so we’ve decided that after the end of the crowdfund, we will write and record a custom, original song for the person who donates the biggest sum, and for 3 next largest donators we will record one cover each of your choice ;)
Each of you is our hero,
Sincerely - thank you!
Nikos and Ada
Here's a bonus video of tiny Chewie. Enjoy the cuteness ;)