Vet help for Alex

Update posted by Carrie Hale On Jun 02, 2015

We hate to have to break this news, but Alex was put to sleep today. It was discovered by East Lancashire Cats' trusted vet that his spine has been fractured all this time and this is likely what caused the severe nerve damage that, mercifully, allowed him to feel no pain. Until the very end Alex was happy and carefree. In addition to the bladder issues caused by the nerve damage, Alex also had no bowel control and was not eliminating poo properly so would have required constant enemas in addition to the bladder expression in order to stay alive and this is simply no life for a cat.

We feel very lucky to have met him despite everything and we know how much he touched everyone who heard of what had happened to him. Everybody's donations were certainly not made in vain; the funds will of course be staying with East Lancashire Cats, helping them to continue their work saving desperate kitties who have no other chance.

While it may feel that we failed Alex, we hope that he has at least helped to raise awareness for East Lancashire Cats as they seem to be fighting a never ending battle trying to right wrongs caused by human indifference. Please let's remember that nobody is any more deserving of life and fair treatment than anybody else. No animal exists to be used or neglected by humans whether they are cat, dog or bunny; chicken, fish or pig. Respect for ALL animals, not just human ones. RIP Alex.

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Update posted by Carrie Hale On May 30, 2015

Alex has now gone today to his new home in Accrington. We've also reached our 700 target! On Monday Alex will visit his new vet, who will confer with my vet (who originally saw him) and a treatment plan should come together soon. 700 may be more than Alex needs all at once for his operation(s) as his nerve damage and incompetence is likely permanent. He is still so happy and full of energy though and his new friends are able to make sure he gets to live out his life as he deserves. The funds will be entrusted to East Lancashire Cats to make sure he is always comfortable.

Thank you, everyone!

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Update posted by Carrie Hale On May 28, 2015

Here's some info about Alex's injuries: http://www.petplace.com/article/cats/diseases-cond...

As you can see, once he has had a thorough medical evaluation from his long-term vet (our cats' vet said he just needs to be closely monitored for a week or two while on Metacam), his needs will be extensive and potentially very extensive. This is why we are so grateful for your help! At East Lancashire Cats, Alex will get all the care he needs from some very loving people. <3


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Update posted by Carrie Hale On May 26, 2015

Hi everyone,

Alex has left the vet now, he has had no operations yet and the emergency care he received was covered by the RSPCA as we reported him as soon as we found him. The vet told us to keep him under surveillance for two weeks before he can have any operations to see whether his nerves controlling the bladder and sphincter are healing. I asked if we could at least remove his testicles but am told that he needs time to recover and watch his progress before we take on any surgery in the affected area. Alex will stay in foster until East Lancashire cats are able to take him in, at which point we will likely transfer his medical care responsibility to ELC, along with the funds raised by all of us for his operations. ELC will keep us updated on his progress as will we. Meanwhile, he is on antibiotics and he is having help expressing his bladder regularly.

*I will include a link to videos of Alex once I have figured out how! :P*


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Update posted by Carrie Hale On May 24, 2015

East Lancashire Cats has agreed to take Alex! http://eastlancashirecats.webs.com/about-us
They are not sure when they will have the capacity to take him in but the backing is there and we have short term foster options, allowing us to take financial responsibility for him in the yes of the vet, who tell me that they must keep him for seven days to give the "owner" a chance to come forward. They will not take any major steps until after this time unless the owner is located and wishes to sign Alex over to me. I want him to receive all necessary medical treatment immediately so am doing my best to locate the person who I have been told may consider themselves to be Alex's owner. Cat's Protection may be able to help offset costs of castration and donations so far are enough to fund the most urgent operations. Thank you all so very much.

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Amazing! Great news! Glad we can all come together and make a difference in this animals life!

Letitia McLaughlin

Update posted by May 25

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Thanks for being such ace people and helping the cat. hope y donation goes through this time :-)

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Get well soon Alex!

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From Rhett and Scarlett, my two furbabies xx

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