On March 20, 2020, I took Riley to the emergency vet because he had vomited several times in the previous 24 hours. An x-ray showed what appeared to be a partial intestinal blockage. The vet recommended emergency surgery to remove the obstruction.
The surgical team was surprised to find no obstruction, but rather an enlarged mesenteric lymph node and kidneys, as well as raised nodules on Riley's liver. A biopsy and blood test confirmed the diagnosis of Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP. This disease is a death sentence for most cats.
It broke my heart to hear that Riley, at 1 year 4 months old, would soon have to be euthanized. What made the news so much worse was the fact that my kids and I adopted Riley soon after the death of our 1-year-old kitty Melon, who suffered from brain disease. And our 16-year-old cat died shortly before Melon. I knew I did not want to put my kids through the loss of another cat so soon.
When I received the news over the phone, the vet tech told me about successful drug trials being done, but that the drug was not widely available yet. After much research, I found an amazing network of experts and fellow cat parents online, and I was able to obtain this lifesaving drug. Unfortunately, it is costly and the protocol requires daily injections for 12 weeks.
The treatment protocol Riley is following has shown an 80% success rate in clinical trials. And because Riley's disease was caught early, he has a good chance at recovery and a long, happy life. Our family would very much appreciate any donation you can make to help us purchase enough medicine to finish the 12-week protocol. Thank you so much for your kindness!