TAMMY’S STORY Tammy was one of 8 cats left in a flat after their owner’s death. When she came to us she was 13 years old and she wasn’t looking good…in fact, she looked rather
Tammy was one of 8 cats left in a flat after their owner’s death. When she came to us she was 13 years old and she wasn’t looking good…in fact, she looked rather poorly and we were fearing the worst.
Her eye looked infected and she couldn’t keep it open, her mouth was swollen, and she was visibly in pain. We rushed her to the vets where she was examined under sedation. Her blood test came back all good which was a great relief but she had an eye ulcer and needed antibiotics. She also had an X-ray of her mouth which showed growth along with the inflammation of the gums so samples were sent off to the lab to check for potential tumours. Tammy also needed a dental asap. The lab results came back as positive to a tumour but the good news was that it was a benign tumour (not malicious) so we went ahead with the dental.
Unfortunately shortly after Tammy’s eye deteriorated even more. The eye ulcer didn’t heal and kept spreading causing even more pain and discomfort so the vets had no other option than removing the eye. When we thought it was the end of Tammy’s problems, her other eye took a turn for worse. The eye ulcer spread and the drops were not helping as much as we were hoping. We thought that the other eye would need to be removed and Tammy would be blind for the rest of her life. However, our lovely vets recommended an eye specialist who was very keen on admitting Tammy ASAP as it was critical to take action to save her eye and Tammy had the eye saving surgery. She has a flap in her eye made from her own eye cornea which stopped the ulcer from further eye perforation. Almost one month after the surgery, our lovely Tammy felt much better and her eye was healing well.
Tammy has been through many treatments and vet trips since she came to us. She had dental, eye removal, biopsy, blood tests, various eye tests, eye surgery and many many many eye drops and medications.
The total cost of Tammy’s vet bill came up to £650. If it wasn’t for lovely supporters of our rescue we wouldn’t be able to help Tammy.
We were bursting with joy when we received a home offer for Tammy. It was a perfect home. It was the home we were dreaming of for her but a few days before the adoption day Tammy was off food and wasn’t herself. The vets checked her mouth and discovered there was a growth in her throat. Unfortunately, it was in such a place that no surgery wouldn’t be possible and eventually, she would choke or suffocate. We were all heartbroken. There was absolutely nothing else we could offer her and no other way to help. The kindest thing to do was to let her go to the Rainbow Bridge. It was 24 December, the exact same day Tammy was supposed to go to her new home. She was very well looked after while she was with us and most of all she was very much loved. Run free, sweet Tammy!
…until the day we will all meet again…
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