Mystofelees is my 10 year old little warrior. 5 years ago, he had a urethral obstruction which resulted in severe kidney damage with only 30% use of his kidneys. Our consultant estimated that we would have him for another 2 years, as a worst case scenario.
This year has been particularly tough on our little furball & us. Mystofelees developed drunken ataxia earlier this year, he had a seizure after a trip to Edinburgh Feline Centre, where he had a series of tests done to determine why he was displaying these symptoms, including vertigo. After his seizure, he deteriorated & appeared to be experiencing "locked in syndrome". He couldn't use the toilet, he couldn't walk, he couldn't eat or drink because he couldn't swallow. He hadn't meowed or purred in weeks. During this period of approximately 2 weeks, there were daily visits to the vet & he ended up with a feeding tube in his nose. He took a bad turn & was given antibiotics as a last resort after plenty of tests etc. Amazingly, he began to recover & went from strength to strength. I cried the first time I heard him purr. We did not have a diagnosis at the time & still had unanswered questions.
In September, he took a turn again, resulting in being kept in the vets for 10 days prior to a planned trip back to Edinburgh Feline Centre to try get some clarity on his earlier blip. We took him to Edinburgh & the consultant informed us that he had further insult to his kidneys which resulted in them being extremely shriveled. As a result, a canula was inserted between his shoulder blades so that we could/can administer sodium solution via an IV to him on a daily basis to continue flushing & supporting his kidneys. Our consultant has given him a life expectancy of 3 - 9 months. She also suspected that his earlier blip this year was due to an infection in his bladder, affecting his CNS. She told us that she had only ever seen this happen in 1 dog within her 10 years of being a head consultant.
As you can imagine, 2 trips to the Feline Centre in Edinburgh, 2 stays at the vets & continued treatment & medication has taken its toll. We hit our annual insurance ceiling 3 months ago (£6000) & I have been paying an average of between £400 - £600 per month for his fees & medication. We only need to get through the next few months before our insurance kicks in again. This little furball has taken everything in his stride, to look at him you would not think that he was terminally ill. He still plays, eats, purrs, cuddles & loves us as much as we love him. Mystofelees is an extraordinary soul & has a very special place in our vet team's/consultants heart because he just keeps soldiering on. He doesn't scratch, bite or complain about being poked & prodded every day. He sits patiently whilst we get his IV organised every evening & doesn't need holding or try to run & hide.
Thank you for taking the time to read this & thank you in advance for any valued donations.