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for those who don't already know simplykimberly, she's a simply fantastic foster mom for kittens who come to her from various scary-to-kittens places in the East Bay. her family is fantastic with the kittens as well. I've met them all--the family, that is, plus the five kittens who were being fostered at the time--and they are as wonderful in real life as they are on virtual paper, and she's a friend of mactavish, so (if you know mactavish) you know she's good people.

but so right now they have a kitten who suddenly has developed a serious and mysterious respiratory problem that has come up negative for everything the vets have tested him for--which is darned near everything--and in the latest update they've about concluded that he has viral pneumonia and that the only thing that is going to help him is time, oxygen, supportive care, and love.

thing is, the only one of those things that are free is love. if you have love to send, they appreciate that every bit as much as financial assistance, but if you have any extra cash and want to spend it on a very good cause, they are taking donations against their $3000 and rising vet bill. as she has said repeatedly, only give if it will cause you absolutely no hardship to do so. they are not desperate for money (yet), but donations are helping to keep them from having to make life and death decisions based upon how much they can afford to keep paying for his oxygen cage and some of the best vet care in the Bay Area.

I've become rather attached to the little fellow myself, only having seen him online. he looks a lot like Santiago, down to the black/white whisker pads. I've been sending all the good feline energy I can gather from in here across the Bay day and night. I awoke this morning to see that he's still no better but no worse. very frustrating.

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simplykimberly
Dec. 17th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much for spreading the word - and for sending so much good energy his way. This morning - no better, no worse. SO frustrating! I haven't gone in to see him yet, but will before too long. (hugs) and thanks again!
eriktrips
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
you are very welcome. we will root for him for as long as he needs it! it does worry me some that this keeps dragging on. sometimes their little bodies can only put up with so much--but as long as your vet is not worried I guess it is a waste of worry to worry ahead of time.
ferretonmeth
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
hey erik - not post related, but thought I'd leave a note indicating I added you (a move I figured you'd be somewhat amenable to based on your profile bio). I'm generally a lurker, but I always enjoy what you have to say on other various communities that we both inhabit. from a glimpse of your entries, I'm enjoying what you have to say here as well (like minds and all).
eriktrips
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
cool! welcome aboard. I bitch a lot but occasionally I say something vaguely interesting.

I like your user name. I think if I had to choose an equivalent name it would have to be "catonlsd". makes sense, no?
ferretonmeth
Dec. 18th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
catonlsd
that would be amusing. well maybe not for the cat.
eriktrips
Dec. 18th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: catonlsd
heh. yeah. I was thinking more like cats are already on lsd. the seeing things, the freaking out for no reason, the nightly rampages up and down the hall..
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