This tax time our featured Whiskered Warrior is sweet 9 year old Ginger, who has been with us since August last year. He came to us via a partnership the Shelter has with Epping RSPCA whereby we assist with especially challenging cases.
As you can see from his “Before” picture, Ginger suffered greatly from skin issues, arriving at the Shelter with more scabs than fur.
He was surrendered by his owners, as the costs of the treatments required to keep him comfortable were simply too high for them to manage.
He is a very sensitive boy, super reactive to the sun, fleas, grasses and most food.
After a thorough examination and a suite of blood tests, our vets started brave Warrior Ginger on antibiotics to treat his broken skin and cortisone to reduce the intense itch and inflammation.
Despite their best work, the vets have been unable to find any specific cause for Ginger’s sensitivity, and all we can do is try to limit his exposure to allergens.
This means he is on a very special and restrictive diet as he is even allergic to most proteins!
Ginger’s an-allergenic diet is made up of hydrolysed proteins and a pure carbohydrate source. Sounds yummy? Ginger doesn’t think so!
He hates it, but he does love to be patted and smooched, which is only possible due to the positive effects of his expensive medications and diet food.
Although in the majority of cases we can cure cats with extra health challenges, via medications, dietary changes, or surgery, Ginger is extra-special and has additional on-going requirements to keep him comfortable.
He now lives with us here at the Shelter most of the time, with respite in foster care.
I look at Ginger, now, and I'm just so grateful to our community of cat-lovers, we wouldn't have been able to help Ginger without their generosity and support.
Your donations will help us give special-needs cats,
like Ginger, a happy and itch-free life!
Please give generously this tax-time, cats like Ginger need your help.
While our team do everything we possibly can to help Whiskered Warriors just like Ginger, it simply wouldn’t be possible without people like you.
Please donate to our 2022 Whiskered Warriors Tax Appeal, where all donations will help special cats like Ginger. A gift of any amount to our Whiskered Warrior Fund will have a tremendous impact on the lives of cats in need.