My brother found Tulip dying on the side of the road when he went running one evening. He had a severe pneumonia and the vet wasn't sure he was going to make it, but we gave him a chance, and the little fighter came through.
We only planned to rehabilitate him and then find him a permanent home, but then he started having seizures. We kept him while trying another antibiotic for brain inflammations and in the meantime fell in love with him and got too attached to keep looking for a home (even though we already have another rescue cat, two rescue dogs and a parrot to take care of).
Tulip kept having one or two seizures every few months. We kept monitoring the frequency and severity of the seizures as long as they remained pretty infrequent.
Two weeks ago he had two major seizures in one day and his leg kept twitching involuntarily. We had to rush him to a veterinary hospital and get him hospitalized. We are both students paying our own tuitions, but we had to do right by him; so we gave the neurology team the green light to do all the tests required for his diagnosis. Finally, the MRI showed that Tulip had some abnormalities in his brain structure; some parts didn't develop correctly, which means he will most likely keep getting seizures if untreated.
He was officially diagnosed with epilepsy. Tulip is now on two anti-seizure medications, and will have to remain on at least one of them for the rest of his life.
The vet hospital bills were very hard on us financially, and Covid19 didn't make things any easier.
We are asking for financial aid to cover some of the expenses (The vet bills for his hospitalization and tests reached 2300$), so we'll be able to keep taking care of him and our other animals as best we can and also keep our head above water with our university tuition fees.
We will be grateful for any amount you are willing and able to donate for Tulip's care. 🙏
Thank you for taking the time to read,
Gal, Abi and Tulip