2/5/20 – Lodge Update — A photo of the x-ray and the first doctor’s evaluation was referred to an orthopedic specialist. From the information provided, the doctor said that Lodge should see a neurologist because the damage appears to be in the spinal cord. Because there is some question as to the initial exam, we have decided to get a second opinion from one of our go-to veterinarians. Lodge was sent home with medication and I’m sure Dr. Z will try to see Lodge asap. – diana
CHANCE: “Ewwww mom!!! Medicine is yucky!!!
But since Jasper has to take medicine too and I’m trying to set a good example for the kid I will try not to spit it out 😝
Hey Team, soooo since the 2 injections I’ve already recieved for my skin issues have not worked. We’re looking at other things that may be causing the problem. So today Dr. Z sedated me so she could do a skin culture and a skin biopsy. We’re looking for a resistant bacteria, autoimmune or skin cancer. It will be 7-10 days before we know anything and in the meantime Dr. Z has mom giving me a super strong antibiotic and I go back in 2wks to get my sutures removed. So, that’s all we know for now. Oh, and sidenote… Jasper had a huge eeeewy pooey at Dr. Zs 😝 So he also had a fecal test and also got a really yucky medicine to take. You think he did it to be in yucky Medicine solidarity with me?
Nah, me either… 😉
Thank you 4 Paws 1 Heart for taking care of me & Jaspers medical needs today, we know it was a pretty penny ❤ We love you!
Ooops!!! One more side note, guess who lost 1 whole lb….that’s right….this guy!!! I’m doing good on my diet, unlike some cats I know…not mentioning any names…..TWYLA THE GRUMP!!! 😂😂😂”
2/7/20 Update – Lodge is seeing Dr. Z today at 2:30. His rescuer also reported that he is eating and drinking and even had a bowel movement all by himself. Continued prayers. – diana
2/4/20 – Prayers for Lodge. He was rescued from the side of the Lodge freeway this past Friday. It was dark and the rescuer, Thomas, noticed Lodge’s little eyes gleaming in the dark. Thomas was on his way home from work. Thomas pulled back around and fortunately, was able to capture Lodge. The reason — little Lodge couldn’t use his back legs. After trying a couple of vets, we were able to get Lodge in to see a vet today who reported that Lodge’s pelvis and leg is fractured. He is also impacted with feces because of his injuries. The vet recommended euthanasia or a specialist. Lodge is a very sweet 1-year-old cat and we chose to consult with a specialist. This afternoon, one of our ‘go-to’ specialists will review the x rays and let us know what he thinks for next steps. We hope we can give Lodge a good quality of life. Thomas told me he has worked with animals his entire life, including elephants at the zoo, so he is ready for the challenge. I will update everyone as we hear. 100% of your donations are used to give these poor abandoned/abused animals a second chance at life. ~ diana
2/4/20 – RIP Sweet Moonbeam. A caring woman regularly TNR’s cats who find their way to her home. She then feeds them and builds them shelters as needed. Moonbeam showed up about 5 years ago with a mom and brothers and they’ve basically lived on her porch and in their shelters. The other night Moonbeam showed up appearing very sick. We were contacted and Moonbeam was taken to the vet but by then there was nothing that could be done. Moonbeam passed away and the doctor believes she was somehow poisoned. Run free, Sweet girl. ~ diana
1/31/21 – Most of the rescuers we help assume the vets let me know what treatments have been given to the animals we refer to them. But, that is rarely the case unless further approvals are needed. In my follow up with Jim the other day, I learned that Lucky’s arm was removed. I didn’t notice that in the second (updated photo). ~ diana
1/30/20 – Whenever you are feeling down and start thinking there are no good people left in this world, know this. 4 Paws 1 Heart has assisted nearly 7,000 animals in the past 9+ years. And, you know what, 95% of these animals came to us through amazing individuals who didn’t turn their back on a stray/abandoned/abused animal in need. Jim is one of those. On December 23, 2019 here is what he sent me:
“I run a feeding station at my home for the local feral cats. I participate in TNR. I had a stray come right up to the door and seek me out. It is then that I found I have a stray that requires medical attention. His left front paw has the first 4 claws chopped off. I was hoping you could at a minimum put me in touch with a vet that will not take me to the cleaners trying to help this cat. Maybe one who will take payments over time. I have minimal funding, most of which is spent feeding strays, but I want to help and am willing to foster this animal until a permanent home can be found. He is about 9 months old I would guess and needs to be neutered as well. My primary concern is to take care of the left front paw, that seems to be an open medical need – Jim”
Well, of course we said we would take care of everything; that is what we do. Today, Jim gave me an update (second photo). Lucky is doing great. He is gaining weight and looking healthy. Lucky did have to lose his arm.There were two options, remove the arm now or remove what wwould be like our hand be removed at the wrist. After consultation with several vets, it was decided that removing the arm would be the best option for Lucky. Jim said he is now ready for adoption and hopes to find him a permanent home before he gets to close; Lucky is very affectionate. A huge thank you to all of the amazing people who rescue and provide or find forever, loving homes. ~ diana
1/26/20 – Sassy and Abigail were left behind when their owners moved. They were not spayed and who knows if they were ever vaccinated. It is sad and disgusting as to how many alleged humans do this to their cats. I honestly do not understand why people think a domesticated cat can fend for herself in the wild. These two kept trying to go inside any door that would open. Thankfully, they are now safe and warm and had all of their medical needs taken care of by 4 Paws 1 Heart. – diana
1/23/20 – In early December, Hope and Faith were found under a porch. One’s eye was protruding and the other had their third eyelid showing. After contacting a few of our partner vets, we were able to get them in the same day and the doctor gave them eye drops and advised that Hope’s eye would need to be removed once she gained weight. They were only 8 ounces and 10 ounces. Since then, Faith’s eyes have healed but Hope will need to have her eye removed. She is now 6 lbs and both will be getting a recheck and we’ll see if Hope can be scheduled for surgery. Please say a little prayer for these sweet babies. – diana
1/22/20 – Milky (aka Momma Kitty) was tossed out when her family moved. She showed up one day pregnant and eventually had her kittens. A neighbor took the kittens but left Milky to fend for herself. A friend of 4p1h who lives in the neighborhood took in Milky and contacted us for help. Milky was riddled with fleas and had an injury to her paw. Milky saw one of our favorite vets and was spayed, tested, vaccinated and had her injured paw treated. Today she is doing great. ~ diana
1/20/20 – There were so many cats that we took care of in 2019, it was hard to catch up with their stories. All were found on the street; some feral, some domesticated who probably escaped or were dumped. Here are four who we took care of their basic medical needs which always includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, and testing. But, as well as the basics, just about everyone we meet need antibiotics for upper respiratory infections, fleas, and mites. Thank you to our many donors, rescuers, and vets who allow us to make a difference. Meet Sebastian, Sylvester, Little Girl (who has CH), and Buddy. ~ diana