Giving Gary a chance

The week of Thanksgiving , I was asked to foster a 5 week old kitten for 10 days as he went through treatment for coccidia. I agreed and thus began a long journey to get Gary healthy. The coccidia was the easy part, but Gary has had multiple bouts of severe constipation along the journey.  Megacolon was suspected. In spite of it all, he had a voracious appetite and was in very good spirits. Gary was put on a special diet and a laxative and he did fabulously! Radiographs in January showed that his colon, while large, was within normal limits. (It's actually pretty hard to judge this in kittens, but his colon wasn't distended.) At this visit, we were told he was a she. We changed his/her name to Garie Ann. Everything was going swimmingly until Gary was spayed. What is typically a quick procedure, turned into a long exploratory. It turns out Gary is a hermaphrodite, or perhaps a pseudohermaphrodite. He has a penis and a vulva.  No uterus or ovaries could be found, but there was one underdeveloped testicle was removed. He will likely need another surgery to attempt to find the other one later. Gary did not tolerate the long procedure well. He was kept at the vet for two days and when he was finally home with me he was having clear blood tinged diarrhea. It took 2 weeks to get him back to normal during which time he lost a lot of weight. There were a lot of syringe feedings, bum baths, medications, and monitoring involved in the process, but he was a trooper. His food intake returned to normal, but he didn't regain his voracious appetite.  We restarted the Miralax to prevent constipation. When his appetite first began to drop off, I wasn't too concerned because he has had so many ups and downs. But then a week ago, it became clear that he was not feeling well. I blended his dinner and syringe fed him- which he loves. Early the next morning he vomited and I took him to work with me. I am a practice manager and vet tech at an emergency practice. Radiographs showed he was severely constipated. Bloodwork was, thankfully, normal. Gary was put on fluids,and we added cisapride, Cerenia, and lactulose to his treatment plan. He was given many, many enemas over the next few days, all with little effect. We sedated him and tried to clean him out, but the consistency of his stool made it impossible. We have also added Prednisone to reduce inflammation in his colon to help things pass.  It was not looking good for Little Gary, but we are seeing progress, which is why I am reaching out for help now. Gary is under the umbrella of a rescue group, but I am paying for his vet care. I do not receive a discount on foster pets. His bills have exceeded $1500 and it is likely that, if we can pull him through this, he will need a second exploratory surgery to determine if there is an anatomical reason for his constipation and to find the second testicle. Gary's bill rises about $100/day at this point. I'm tapped, but I feel so strongly that this little guy deserves every chance for recovery.  This poor little man, who came to me as a scraggly, smelly, fluff ball, is incredibly special. He has been through so much in his short little life and he is so resilient!  After every enema, every bum bath, every SQ fluid treatment, every medication, he forgives me. He climbs in my lap and purrs. He is very human centered and truly one of the sweetest cats I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I believe that he can be regulated again because he was doing really well before his surgery. If we can get him through this mess, he has a good chance of living a very happy life with a loving family. He is a fighter and it would break my heart if I didn't give him every shot. Please help me give Gary a chance. 

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Ginevra Hess 
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Spring, TX
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