Hello all and thank you for reading Lilly's story. Lilly is a very sweet, affectionate petite 9-yr old female seal point siamese cat weighing in at just 8 pounds. Her known history is that she was abandoned and thrown outside with 7 other siblings in my neighborhood a few years back and forced into survival mode outdoors after having lived 6 years indoors. I watched Lilly and her siblings getting skinny, living in bushes, digging holes in dirt for warmth and begging at houses that were turning them away. One cat died from bowel obstruction in a neighbor's yard, one was grabbed up and never seen again. Heartbroken over their situation, I starting trying to offer them love and support with food, water and shelter boxes for warmth (they were abandoned during winter!). Of the remaining six cats, five got brave and accepted my caring touch and eventual food and shelter for a short time until I was able to transfer them into foster care with the help of Brighthaven Animal Rescue (thank's to Susan Hoffman!). Lilly remained elusive and we couldn't catch her. We went 5 months without seeing her. Then one day in July 2019 , we spotted her trying to find her siblings and following their scent in our yard. We would find her sitting sadly outside our home trying to reconnect. We knew she was all alone now and after a month of offering her kindness, she finally accepted our care. We don't have any other animals in our home, so she has become our furbaby that gets all the love and attention she deserves and has been a great emotional support for us after having lost our two black cats to age and cancer.
In early January 2020, Lilly began to cry alot (even more vocal than usual for a sweet little siamese). I saw her go through vomiting stages of food, then undigested food, then liquid and white froth. She started hiding herself in garage not wanting to be touched. I suspected hairballs, gave her lubricants, no help as she wouldn't eat them. She refused to eat, drink and had stopped unrinating/deficating on February 2nd. She could barely mew anymore and her skin stood straight up when pulled, extremely dehydrated. Something was very wrong and I now suspected she was experiencing constipation from a possible obstruction, disease or growth of some kind (knowing she had a genetic predisposition to it with her sibling having passed away from it).
An expensive trip to vet on February 7th confirmed a possible obstruction/growth in bowel. Hydration on IV drips for 6 hours changed the imaging and then vet thought it to be a foreign object obstruction. Many trips to vet for diagnostic xrays, ultrasounds, bloodwork, shots, medication, bowel enemas and vet monitoring care have been provided with subcutaneous fluids, medication and prescription food for home support. The bills are piling up and we are struggling to pay them. Lilly did begin to eat some (with appetite stimulant) and experienced a lot of purging of bowel this past Thursday February 13th after an in-office enema which gave me hope. However, she is backing up again over the last 3 days (February 14th-16th) and has only produced 3 small hard rabbit pellet poops. Consult with vet again this next week, but it appears she is getting constipated again and next step is another ultrasound and then open abdominal exploratory surgery. We don't know what is causing her body to shut down like this, but love her and keep racking up the bills trying to help her. We know a surgery is possibly around the corner but, along with the bills we already have, we can't afford any of it. Brighthaven Animal Rescue has donated $200.00 in an effort to keep Lilly healthy. We are asking for your help to save this sweet little girl. No amount is too small. Please help Lilly get her flow back!