Our cat Jerimiah (Jerry) was deliberately shot in his own street on Sunday 24th November. He was found stuck on a fence by a neighbour trying to get home. Unfortunately our insurance won't cover the life saving operation he needs to remove the two pellets in his back and ultimately save his life.
Jerry is a lovely cat and this has shaken our family - how could someone do something like this?
Please, if you are able - help us save Jerry's life by donating whatever you can afford so that he can have his life saving surgery.
He's eating and drinking well and moving about the house more now though still struggling with his left leg somewhat. However, each day we see a slight improvement and increase in the use of his leg. His tail remains completely still.
We are feeling at this point that he will definitely lose his tail - probably next week. We do feel though that there may be a future for his leg, there is good blood supply and he does feel 'deep pain' meaning that he can't feel someone just touching but can feel someone pinching - if that makes sense.
We are seeing the Vet on Monday and plans will be made, including the opportunity for aqua therapy - only able to be considered because of all your wonderful, generous donations. Thsnk you all xx
Hi All you fabulous people, I’ve got my laptop fired up so be prepared for a long update, there’s a lot to say.
So, Jerry’s 1st night home went ok, with a couple of instances whereby he had a bit of a moment out in the garden with him looking up to the fence ‘wantingly’. He was able to walk/hobble out to the garden himself, resting every couple of steps. It was clear yesterday that he was able to pull his leg forward with movement it seems in his thigh muscle, but he was dragging his paw along the floor, with the top of his paw being on the floor (hope that makes sense – I wish I could share videos on this site so you could clearly see how he is getting around – I will keep trying to find a way around it – in the meantime, all videos are being shared on my FB page and made public – so please, if you have FB – look for me – Gill McBride and you then should be able to see the images uploaded.
Today, he appears to be walking more strongly, moving his left leg forward with more purpose and to some extent, not dragging the paw so much. It is clear being at home, the daily physio sessions we are giving him and the opportunity to walk about the home (mainly trying to get away from the pupster – Amber) is doing him much good. It brightens my heart to see the daily improvement.
I am however, aware that his tail continues to be completely flaccid, which is in itself causing issues with his toileting, but at least he knows when he needs to ‘go’ and he is grooming himself throughout the day also. I do think the tail will be lost in the near future ☹.
With him moving his leg more so today, I have contacted an aqua therapy place in Northampton, they have confirmed that they can help felines – this may be a way to go forward without having to amputate his leg. It’s costly and your donations will be a huge way to enable this support to happen, if indeed we are able to go down that route. Please continue bringing attention to this wider.
Jerry is taking his meds well with the help of a little cream cheese – light version obviously 😊.
Those of you reading this that don’t live locally her in Rushden won’t be aware – there have been multiple reports on local FB pages about cats being targeted just like Jerry, with air gun pellet injuries in the past couple of days. This is extremely upsetting to realise that someone is focussing their ‘target practice’ upon little kitties. This needs to be stopped. I have today spoken with Northampton Telegraph and a local Rushden & Higham Ferrers monthly publication about getting awareness out there along with encouraging the Police to see these incidents for what they are. My working experience tells me that people who target abuse on animals most often move on to abusing children and vulnerable adults – These attacks need to be brought to a halt.
In the meantime – I will continue to share images of Jerry’s recovery and treatment going forward along with attempting to share videos on this site.
Thank you all once again for your love shown, concern, prayers, generous giving and support.
UPDATE: HE'S HOME 🎉🎉🎉 for now. Will 99% need surgery probs next week to remove his leg and tail 😥. Home for wellbeing support and opportunity for home physio and getting his good leg stronger whilst moving around the house.
Please keep sharing this funding page, I've had it confirmed that the 'top noch' insurance we have for Jerry won't cover all costs, due to him being over 10yrs (he's 10yrs 8mths) - even though this isn't an age related condition.
We want to give Jerry the best chance to be as normal as possible in his future adventures
Thank you immensely to all who have so, so generously given xx
Will try n get some photos from tge videos taken, seems on this site you cant post videos.
The most fabulous news just now, even though with appetite stimulating meds, Jerry is eagerly taking food, standing up to eat (all be it on 3 legs), trying to get out of the cage, contiusly weeing n pooping in the potty 💞💞💞💞
WHAT AN ABSOLUTE STAR HE IS
Looking good people, 🤞🤞 for him to come home at some point, even with just 3 legs and no tail.
You extremely generous donations will go a long way to help this happen.
I keep meaning to say, any money donated and not needed will go to The Cats Protection League.
Jerry has had slight improvement in the last 48 hours whereby he has ‘purposefully’ been able to poop, all be it after some laxative to help him along the way. It was observed by vet staff that he consciously wanted to poop. Good news. However, on the urine front, staff had supported Jerry to ‘wee’. However, this morning there was urine next to his litter tray, staff don’t know at this point if this was due to incontinence or an attempt to use the tray. If the latter, great news, with him seemingly knowing when he needs to ‘go’. Time will tell.
He is today beginning Laser Therapy, which, although with mixed reviews, is reported to have good outcomes for supporting muscle and nerve recovery. Only with your fabulous, generous donations are we able to consider this. THANK YOU ALL XX
Jerry’s tail still is ‘flaccid’ with no voluntary movement at all. However, there is a good blood supply and he feels pain through it. Pretty much like his left back leg, good blood supply and pain felt however he drags his leg when moving about the kennel; which in itself may have an impact on his ‘toileting’ due to not being able to balance properly.
Going forward, there is an opportunity for Jerry to have an MRI scan to ascertain exactly the impact of the pellet in/on his spine. Can it be removed with no negative impact upon Jerry? Will it have an impact if not removed? Only these questions can be fully answered with support from you guys. Due to Jerry’s age (over 10), he is just 10yrs and 8mths, our insurance – even though paying for their most expensive policy for over 10yrs, will only cover 80% of the costs for her care and treatment. Given that this isn’t an ‘age related issue’ they are steadfast that we will have to find the extra they won’t pay. To help us here, please share the link for this fundraising page to anyone you may think off to gain a wider social media support – that ANY social media.
I have been in contact with local press, the police have been informed of the attack upon Jerry and looking into the intel we have received. I pray that the person responsible has a conscience and realises their actions have a negative impact upon lives, both human and animal.
Please, share, share, share the fundraising page, thank you to all of you who have and who have very generously given to help in Jerry’s support. Xx G xx
Been for another visit to see Jerry today, still on pain killers and unable to urinate independantly. He had some laxatives and was able then to poop, so this is a good sign. When visiting he stood moved around his cage and made himself more comfy. Thank you all. Gill xx
I visited Jerry yesterday afternoon and he was pleased to see me. He has begun moving his back leg a little but still unable to stand on it. His tail remains still. He continues to be unable to toilet independantly. No duscussion as happened as yet regarding removing the pellets, we are waiting to see how the toileting goes. Thank uou all for your love and support. Regards, Gill
Hi All,Just a quick update. Jerry is doing brilliantly, walking on his leg and getting stronger each day. His tail hasn't improved at all and Jerry was dropped off at the vets this morning to have the tail removed. 🥺🥺. The Vets are really positive …
Hi All, just a quick update on Jerry's healing. He's eating and drinking well and moving about the house more now though still struggling with his left leg somewhat. However, each day we see a slight improvement and increase in the use of his leg. …