|Sponsorship for Chouki|
● Sponsorship request for Chouki (3347)
« A volunteer found Chouki outside in May of 2015. She found him at a critical moment in his life: thin, weak, and covered in parasites and battle scars, Chouki really needed our help. Here is his story.
Because few people are able to welcome homeless cats into their homes, the people of Verdun often provide temporary shelters and food for cats abandoned in the neighbourhood. The volunteer who found Chouki decided to bring him to the veterinary clinic. This turned out to be a wise decision. Without the emergency care he received, Chouki’s story could have ended there. Playful and affectionate, he deserved a second chance. Approximately 8 years old, Chouki is a handsome cat who will certainly make his adopter happy.
Chouki during his first exam
Contrary to what we expected, the veterinarian told us that Chouki a good chance of survival! As a result, we decided to hospitalize Chouki right away and get him the care that he needed. His treatment involved antibiotics for at least 2 to 4 weeks, immunosuppressive doses of cortisone to slow the destruction of red blood cells by his immune system, fluid therapy to rehydrate him, and nutritional support to help him regain his strength properly. He was sterilized and vaccinated. He also had his teeth cleaned, and had several teeth removed.
After a few weeks, Chouki slowly began to respond to the treatments he received. His red blood cell count increased by 20% and he gained a kilogram. However, his progress has plateaued. As a result, our Chouki now needs to undergo testing to determine the cause of his anemia. Chouki has begun the treatments he needs for his anemia. The cost of his veterinary care and his stay at the clinic has been estimated at close to $1900. The veterinarian who is treating Chouki has nicknamed him “Chouki d’Amour” because, in spite of his poor condition, Chouki is always friendly, cheerful, and extremely easy to handle.
Chouki upon his arrival at the veterinary clinic
When the volunteer brought Chouki to the veterinary clinic, the veterinarian was very happy she did and made the wise decision to act immediately Chouki had signs of severe anemia: difficulty breathing, fever, extreme lethargy, severe dehydration, extremely poor oral health, and obvious parasitism. Initial tests confirmed that Chouki was suffering from a disease known as haemobartonellosis, or feline infectious anemia, which is caused by parasites that destroy red blood cells. These parasites could have been transmitted to him by his mother, or by biting insects such as fleas. The disease could also developed as a result of his immunosuppressed state. The blood of healthy cats usually contains 30-45% red blood cells, but Chouki’s red blood cell count was only at 13%. He was also diagnosed with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
● Chouki needs your help!
Chouki resting after receiving his first round of treatments
Handsome Chouki has every hope for recovery. Please sponsor him by making a donation to help the Refuge cover the cost of his care. It is thanks to you, our sponsors, that Chouki will eventually be able to recover and give the person or family who adopts them all the affection they could want. We will update you on Chouki’s progress and will post photos as often as we can throughout the treatment that will enable him to get well!
On behalf of Chouki, THANK YOU! »
Chouki is roaming about freely in one of the rooms at the clinic
● June 22, 2015: An update on Chouki
Chouki’s health is improving! Initially, his red blood cell count was only at 13%, while that of a healthy cat is between 30 and 45%. Chouki’s red blood cell count has now reached 20% and he has gained weight. As a result, his anemia is improving.
Things are going well as far as appetite and energy are concerned. He’s also becoming more and more affectionate! For the first time today, he rolled over onto his back to have his tummy rubbed!
Our first goal has been reached! All additional donations will be put aside for any unforeseen treatments that the magnificent Chouki might need. New tests are scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
To be continued...
● June 24, 2015: Chouki still needs your help
Chouki underwent blood tests today, June 24, 2015, at the clinic as planned. However, the veterinarian who has been following Chouki will also conduct two tests which were not initially foreseen.
Chouki will now undergo a PRC (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which is a quantitative test of the blood plasma viral load of feline coronavirus in order to determine whether the virus still active, or whether his anemia is now being caused by something else, which will need to be treated.
He will also undergo a FHM (Feline Hemotropic Mycoplasma) test. Mycoplasma is a common cause of severe anemia in cats. This second test allows the veterinarian to determine with certainty whether this is the cause of anemia in order to begin treating infected cats quickly, or to rule out a diagnosis of infection.
These unforeseen tests will cost $560, an amount that we will have to add to our original goal of $1900. The new revised amount now comes to a total of $2460. We have decided to reopen Chouki's sponsorship so that you can continue to help him.
The blood samples taken will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results of the tests will be available in one to three days. We will update you on the results. Thank you once again for helping Chouki.
The veterinarian taking good care
of handsome Chouki
● June 27, 2015: Early test results are encouraging!
The results of all of Chouki's tests are not yet known, but those we have received are encouraging! His red blood cell count, which had remained unmoved at 20% for the last 3 or 4 weeks, is now approaching normal. Thanks to the treatments he's started, his red blood cell count is now at 27% (normal is between 30 and 45%). This is good news!
We will learn the results of his other tests next week. They should tell us what is causing his anemia, and, as a result, enable us to determine the right course of treatment for him. We'll be sure to let you know. To be continued...
● Donations raised: $2460 Goal Reached!
Thank you from the heart to the generous godmothers and generous godfathers of Chouki: Anastasia, Anne Maude, Brigitte, Carole, Catherine G., Catherine R., Cathy, Christine, Cynthia, Daniel C., Daniel M., Florence & Nicolas, Hélène L., Hélène R., Jasmina, Joanne, Jocelyne, Kirsten, Louis, Marylene, Maxime, Nathalie, Sophie, Suzanne, Vicky and our anonymous donors!
The volunteer team of the Refuge for cats Verdun
Chouki stretches his paws and gets a little love
● July 10, 2015: Latest News
We have now received all of Chouki’s test results. Although Chouki is still a carrier of the Mycoplasma haemofelis parasite, the medication he has been prescribed (antibiotics) will allow him to keep his red blood cell count at a normal level. However, the veterinarian can’t rule out the possibility that the parasite will persist. A blood test scheduled in two weeks’ time will allow us to confirm that Chouki is still within the normal range!
He has finally reached the end of his long road to recovery. Chouki is now ready to go into a foster home while he awaits adoption, or into an adoptive home for life! His ideal adopter would be a person who is experienced with cats and will know how to keep an eye on his health; since he is a carrier of FIV, his immune system is more fragile. Chouki has every hope of living a long life. Please welcome Chouki d’Amour into your home!
Chow time! Chouki on a scavenger hunt