|The story of Grizouille|
Grizouille has escaped certain death…Help us help him!
" This Chartreux cat suffers from an illness that could have been lethal if he hadn’t been brought to the clinic. Here is his sad story.
A number of Verdun citizens provide abandoned cats in the area with temporary outdoor shelter and food while they await spaces in foster homes. Around 2 weeks ago, a young grey cat sought refuge in an outdoor shelter. After that, he hardly ever ventured out, except to eat once in a while…30 centimeters from his shelter!
He was in such bad shape and so listless that a Refuge volunteer decided to bring him to the vet. This turned out to be a wise decision: without the emergency care he received, Grizouille would already have died. A cat as sweet and affectionate as he is deserved to live.
At the clinic, the veterinarian saw that there was no time to waste. Grizouille had signs of severe anemia: difficulty breathing, fever, lethargy, serious dehydration, and sores in his mouth. Initial tests confirmed that Grizoulle is suffering from a disease known as Haemobartonella felis, or Infectious Feline Anemia, which is caused by parasites that destroy red blood cells. These parasites could have been transmitted to him by his mother, or by insects that bite (such as fleas). The illness could also be related to his immunosuppressive state.
Because the veterinarian thought that Grizouille’s prognosis for recovery was good, we decided to have him hospitalized right away and get him the care he needed. His treatment involves the administration of antibiotics for at least 2 to 4 weeks, a course of cortisone immunosuppressants to slow the destruction of his red blood cells by his immune system, a course of fluid therapy to rehydrate him, and nutritional support to help him begin to eat again.
Grizouille has already begun to undergo the treatments he needs to cure his anemia. The total cost of his treatments and hospitalization at the clinic is estimated at $1200. His treatment team at the clinic has nicknamed him Doux because he is easy to medicate and treat, and because he likes people.
We have high hopes that sweet Grizouille will be cured. Please sponsor him by making a donation to help the Refuge cover the cost of his care. After all, it is thanks to you, dear sponsors, that Grizouille will eventually be able to get well and fill the life of the person or family that adopts him with affection. On behalf of Grizouille, THANK YOU! "
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun volunteer team
Donations raised: $1200 Goal Reached!
March 28, 2014: Latest news!
" We know a cat who’s feeling pretty great! Yes, Grizouille (Doux to his closest friends) is finally truly happy! Now that he’s living in a foster home, he can relax.
He’s set to have an excellent recovery because he knows the person who will be looking after him very well: Émilie, an animal health technician, has taken him in and will see that he receives the treatments he needs. Thank you, Émilie! Émilie also handled Doux-Grizouille’s care at the veterinary clinic. From the very start of his stay there, he was very sweet and loving, which is why she nicknamed him Doux, a name that fits his personality well! Grizouille also likes his new friend, Émilie’s dog; doesn’t he look relaxed with his doggy friend?
Doux’s first course of treatments will soon come to an end. He will then undergo tests to see if he needs further treatments. Thank you for your financial support. You are helping us to heal an incredibly sweet, affectionate, and grateful cat. "
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun Team
Thank you from the heart to Audrey, Brigitte, Catherine, Céline, Clotilde, Cynthia, Danielle, Françoise, Geneviève, Hélène, Isabelle, Isamie, Jenny, Joanne, Josianne, Katy, Nancy, Philippe, Stephane, Suzanne and Thi Kim Trang!