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£670raised of £1,000 target by 38 supporters

    Weʼve raised £670 to diagnose our two young cats with an unknown condition that has caused hind limb paralysis in one and is now affecting the other.

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    Bradford, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Friday, 20th October 2017

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    Story

    Lexa and Luna's Story - please click here to see the video footage of their story.

    Further footage of Luna attending hydrotherapy - please click here to view Luna braving the water.

    In October, we adopted two kittens from Cats Protection Gildersome - 'Lexa' and 'Luna'. Lexa had a slight head tremor from birth but Luna was healthy. On 8/11/16, we noticed Luna was walking as if injured. Over the next few days she began to walk on the tops of her paws as opposed to the pads and it rapidly went from just the right hind paw occasionally, to both paws, every step.

    We tried broad spectrum antibiotics to reverse whatever was causing this but nothing worked and Luna's condition deteriorated to the point where she now 'walks' the way a baby crawls.

    In December, we took Luna to our vets who had no more ideas as to what it could be. Instead, they said the only way to know would be through an autopsy which was possibly the worst thing to hear at that time and was incredibly upsetting.

    After asking if there was any other option, we were referred to a specialist. He was completely baffled too and wanted to film Luna for his veterinary students as her presentation was so rare! He gave us a quote for a series of tests - over £2000. Luna is insured but her condition had begun within a time-frame that our insurance company refuses to cover. It was awful, to say the least. We had her fully covered thinking at worst she'd get some arthritis at 12 years old but now we didn't know if she'd even reach her first birthday. We were now facing a serious neurological deficit that was taking her mobility away from her and were unable to afford to diagnose it.

    Now her front limbs are weakening so she has splints for them and we take her every few weeks to hydrotherapy and physiotherapy to try and keep her muscles from wasting due to immobility.

    We need your help to save her. The vets don't know what's going on without these tests and we just can't afford it.

    Lexa is now starting to walk this way too. It seems that Luna has possibly passed it to Lexa and we could end up losing both to this awful condition. We therefore are very much hoping/praying that some kind people can help our young cats to get the quality and length of life that they deserve. Thank you in advance for anything you can give.

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    • Jessica 6 months ago
      Jessica

      Jessica

      6 months ago

      I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone that has donated. It has been truly overwhelming and heartwarming to see so many donate money to help save both Lexa and Luna. As we are nearing the target amount, we have begun discussions about booking them in for tests! Without your help, this wouldn't have been possible so thank you! They,ve been referred to a local neurologist to begin this process and so we hope to have them seen within the next fortnight. In the meantime, any further donations are so very much appreciated, thank you! x

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    • Jessica 7 months ago
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      Jessica

      7 months ago

      I just wanted to thank you all for your donations thus far. I particularly wanted to thank those of you who have given anonymous donations for I can't message you personally to say how grateful I truly am. Update - we are currently phoning various veterinary practices to get prices for the diagnostic tests that we require - so that we can find the best price and utilise the money effectively. This weekend we're videoing our cats in order to demonstrate their disabilities (we will post these). I'll post again when I have more news to share.

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    38

    • Helena

      Helena

      Aug 25, 2017

      Fingers crossed for you all. I got my 2 from the same place and would be devastated if this happened to either of them

      £25.00

    • Nicola Harrison

      Nicola Harrison

      Aug 24, 2017

      I loved caring for these sweeties at cats protection hope you get to the bottom of what is causing this condition poor babies

      £10.00

    • Sheila Penman

      Sheila Penman

      Aug 23, 2017

      I volunteer at Cats Protection and remember these little babies. Good luck and give them a cuddle from me. 😘

      £20.00

    • Sharron Winn

      Sharron Winn

      Aug 22, 2017

      Really hope she get the help necessary bless her

      £5.00

    • KATHRYN MATHERS

      KATHRYN MATHERS

      Aug 22, 2017

      Good luck little kitties! <3

      £5.00

    • Chris Daley

      Chris Daley

      Aug 22, 2017

      £10.00

    • Lewis Broadbent

      Lewis Broadbent

      Aug 22, 2017

      Hope they're both ok.

      £10.00

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    Jessica

    Jessica

    Bradford, United Kingdom

    Owner of two neurologically impaired cats just desperately trying to save them. Current estimates show that a EMG and NCV (muscle and nerve test) will be about £800 whilst a MRI will be at least £1000, for one cat. Ideally, we need to test both.

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