Pixie (3328), AKA Momo
Pixie, whom everyone calls Momo, is a magnificent twelve-year-old Seal Point Siamese. He’s a very charming cat. Neglected and abandoned as a result of family problems, he has had a difficult life. Momo is calm, solitary cat who inspires respect. He enjoys the company of other cats, but is submissive. Although the presence of other cats reassures him, he prefers to keep his distance from them. Declawed, he is much more drawn to humans, for whom has a special fondness.
When the Refuge took him in, he underwent a complete geriatric check-up at the vet, which led to him being diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism.
Luckily for Momo, a revolutionary treatment for Feline Hyperthyroidism has recently been developed: a prescription of specialized food low in iodine. Because ingesting iodine through other food sources, such as treats, the food of another cat, or table scraps, can compromise the effectiveness of the specialized food, it goes without saying that Momo absolutely must not eat any other kind of food.
However, this new treatment, which is effective and reliable, costs a great deal of money: a little less than $1000 per year. Momo was rescued by a women who gives him all the attention and affection he needs, but neither she nor the Refuge have the budget to provide Momo with the special food he needs while he awaits adoption.
Momo’s geriatric check-up also revealed that he needs dental care, and, as prevention is the best medicine, the sooner the better.
The veterinarian will give him x-rays in order to determine whether he has any cavities, abscesses, or gum disease. Momo will receive fluids during the operation to maintain his vital functions and ensure he does not become dehydrated. His healthy teeth will be cleaned and his decayed teeth, removed. Finally, he will be prescribed antibiotics and painkillers. As you know, the cost of dental care is always high. The cost of the dental treatments that Momo needs has been estimated at $400.
A must read: Momo's sad story
ⴾ Feline Hyperthyroidism
A number of mature cats suffer from hyperthyroidism. This disease, which causes the thyroid gland to become overactive, usually appears in cats when they are around 8 years old. Hyperthyroidism is not fatal in cats and those who suffer from it can live for many years if the functioning of their thyroid gland is properly regulated.
Feline Hyperthyroidism consists in a disruption in the normal functioning of a cat’s hormonal system and manifests itself with weight loss despite an increase in food intake. It is normally diagnosed with a blood test and is generally easy to treat.
ⴾ Specialized Food
The food that Momo needs is Hill's Prescription Diet® y/d® Feline Thyroid Health. It is available in both dry (kibble) and wet (canned) formats. It can only be purchased with a veterinarian’s approval. Twenty years of nutritional research went into the development of this food, and clinical studies have proved its effectiveness in re-establishing thyroid health. This is why it is so expensive.
However, this food can improve thyroid health in just three weeks if it is the only source of food accessible to the cat. Over time, it effectively controls and stabilizes feline thyroid gland function.
Momo needs your help!
Everyone loves Momo, and he loves everyone who is nice to him. He’s a good cat in all respects. That is why we are asking you today to help us defray the cost of the tests and dental care he needs, and of the food he must eat from now on.
This sponsorship request is a reflection of our love for our older cats. Recently, a number of older cats, and cats with special needs, have been adopted from us. The population seems to be increasingly willing to support us in our efforts to help cats, regardless of their age or needs.
The Refuge for cats Verdun thanks you once again for your generosity and your benevolent assistance in helping Momo get healthy again and maintain the quality of life he deserves.
ⴾ Donations raised: $1047.40 Goal: $1000 Goal Reached!
Thank you from the heart to the generous godmothers and generous godfathers of Momo: Amélia, Audrey, Aurélia, Brigitte, Catherine, Cathy, Cristina, Cynthia, Danielle, Enrique, Geneviève, Ginette, Hélène, Lina, Mireia, Philippe, Suzanne, Virginie, Yanicka and our anonymous donors!
Momo's sad story
Momo has led a very troubled life. When he was a kitten, he was adopted by a young woman who lived alone. He was sterilized, vaccinated, and had all four of his paws declawed. For financial reasons, she didn’t bring him to the vet again for 12 years. A few years after his adoption, his owner got married and had two children. In the meantime, Slingky (AKA Ti-Lou), another Siamese cat, joined Pixie’s family. Slingky was 5 years younger than Pixie. The two Siamese cats became the best of friends and spent all their time together.
Momo and Ti-Lou were terrified of their owner’s children. They spent most of their time hiding. One day, their owner became gravely ill and, as a result, stopped taking care of her family, cats included. Physically ill and psychologically unstable, she had to leave the family home in order to seek treatment. Her husband, who was not a great lover of cats, did not look after them in her absence. Rather, he left them to fend for themselves and even considered putting them out on the street in order to alleviate the family situation.
Neglected and in bad shape, at the request of their owner and with the help of social workers, the cats were entrusted to a generous woman who invested time and money in getting them back on their paws. At her own expense, this woman, who is Momo’s current foster mother, brought them to the vet to get them the veterinary care they needed.
A few months later, the cats’ original owner recovered her health and was able to bring Momo and Ti-Lou home with her. She also got her life back in order and requested a separation from her husband. Unfortunately, a short while later, she suffered a relapse.
The good Samaritan who had taken the cats in previously returned to the owner’s house to take the cats back into her care. When she arrived, she was shocked to find that Ti-Lou, the younger cat, had become thin, weak, and very ill. Unfortunately, his kidneys had already suffered considerable damage by this point and he could not be saved. It was too late for him. Momo made it out alive again, but just barely. The loss of his feline friend was very hard on him.
The health of the cats’ owner became increasingly precarious as she suffered relapse after relapse. Momo suffered too as he was passed from pillar to post. He became one of the victims in the sad story of a dysfunctional family.
By mutual agreement, Momo’s foster mother and the Refuge made the decision to do everything in their power to give Momo a more harmonious and stable life.
Momo’s foster mother insisted that his owner entrust him to the Refuge for treatment and adoption.
Momo is now part of the big Refuge pour chats de Verdun family and is getting the attention and care he deserves.
Ever since Momo started taking medication to stabilize his thyroid gland a month ago, he’s doing much better. Many of his symptoms have even vanished completely.
The excess of thyroid hormones in his system meant that Momo’s heart was over-stimulated, causing an increase in the frequency and strength of his heartbeat. With time, this could have led to heart failure and neurological problems.
The excessive stress on Momo’s heart made him very anxious and agitated (it causes some cats to become aggressive) and caused an increase in thirst and appetite. He was always hungry and ate all his food nervously and quickly as soon as he got it, but never gained any weight. This led to vomiting (undigested food) and severe, chronic diarrhea.
Now Momo is much more serene. He eats calmly and with pleasure, but has several small meals throughout the day. The vomiting has stopped and his bowel movements are normal.
In a few days, Momo has an appointment for a monitoring test for this thyroid (T-4). If the level of thyroxine in his blood is normal, we will be able to move forward with the dental care he needs soon.
Momo and the Refuge for cats (Verdun) team offer you our sincere thanks, from the bottom of our hearts, for your precious help. Please know that it is not only your financial support that we appreciate. Your encouragement and moral support are essential to helping us continue our tireless work to give our cats a second chance and a better quality of live whenever possible.
May 6, 2015: Good news
The results of Momo's T-4 blood test indicate that his thyroid hormone (thyroxine) levels have returned to normal as a result of the treatment he started a month ago. Momo's next thyroid test will be in 3 months, at the beginning of August 2015.
Momo is in great shape! As a result, he has an appointment to get the dental care he needs.
June 10, 2015: An update on Momo
Momo underwent dental treatment on May 21. He had two abscesses, and had to have two upper canines and three molars (two on the top and one on the bottom) removed. According to the vet, he must have been suffering a great deal. He returned to his foster home on May 23 with a four-day prescription for morphine to help control the pain. He was having a hard time keeping warm, so a hot water bottle was put in his little bed and he managed to recover.
Momo is now doing very well. He eats well, drinks well, and is alert and watches birds through the window. He’s more cheerful than before, and plays with his little cat toys, which he never used to do. He’s continuing with his treatment to maintain his thyroid health.
Even though they are more expensive, the vet has recommended pills rather than specialized food to treat Momo’s hyperthyroidism. There are two reasons for this:
- Because Momo is older, his digestive system is more fragile. He eats food, both wet and dry, that is designed to manage gastro-intestinal problems, and is doing great.
- Momo shares his temporary foster home with several other cats, making a special diet difficult to manage. Momo takes a pill every morning and evening, and everything is going well.
Our courageous Momo is now ready for adoption.
Good news: Momo has been adopted on November 14, 2015!
The volunteer team of the Refuge for cats Verdun