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Weʼre raising £500 to help pay for Agrippina's treatment for severe heart disease.

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Agrippina is my much-loved polydactyl rescue cat. She’s beautiful, moody, and has seven toes on each paw, making her basically a tiny wolverine.

Sadly, she suffers from a severe form of heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). In her case the disease is very advanced. The muscles in the ventricles of her heart are thickening, making it much harder to pump blood around her body. Her atria are swelling as a result of this and to top it all off, the valves in her heart are not operating properly.

I know all of this because I’ve spent a lot of money on heart scans and speaking to feline cardiologists. Agrippina isn’t insured and because of the severity of her condition, she is now uninsurable.

Because of the condition of her heart, she has a vastly reduced life expectancy and she is susceptible to blood clots. If one were to form and break loose, it would cause her agonising pain and probably paralysis of her back legs. To help reduce the likelihood of this happening, she’s been prescribed Plavix (Clopidogrel) 75mg tablets to thin her blood.

Unfortunately in this country, the cheapest price for 45 tablets is £120 if I order them in via a human pharmacy. (They are £200 from the vet. And $7 for 28 tablets in Australia… go figure.) She'll have to be on these for the rest of her life.

Agrippina goes back to the vet for more heart scans in December and there is a possibility she’ll be put on further medication. Given the mounting costs, I’m starting this fundraiser to try and cover some of her ongoing prescriptions and medical bills. I love this little kit with all my heart and will do everything I can to make sure she is comfortable for the rest of her life, even if I feel uncomfortable and weird about it (like I do now.)

Agrippina spent the first portion of her life living in a garden shed and being relentlessly bred by her ‘owner’, who would then sell her kittens on Gumtree. Her rescuers think she may well have had up to 60 kittens in her short life. When she came to me she had never been outside. She remains a house cat but has the run of my garden where she enjoys rolling in dirt and chasing (and occasionally eating) butterflies.

If you're able to make a donation we would both be most grateful. Alternatively, if you have any leftover Plavix tablets yourself and would like to donate them, I'd be indebted.

Thank you!

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    20

    • Thomas Tamblyn

      Thomas Tamblyn

      Aug 16, 2018

      The wee bairn! xxx

      £20.00

    • Alex Griffin

      Alex Griffin

      Aug 12, 2018

      For my beautiful, moody cat daughter, who loves the smell of coffe, her Death Star bed and announcing very loudly that she's brought me my socks as presents.

    • Piotr W

      Piotr W

      Aug 10, 2018

      £20.00

    • Andrea M

      Andrea M

      Aug 10, 2018

      Beautiful cat 🐱💕

      £20.00

    • James Beattie

      James Beattie

      Aug 10, 2018

      £20.00

    • Vicki Wyllie

      Vicki Wyllie

      Aug 9, 2018

      Big snuggles for a beautiful girl (Agrippina...not that you aren't beautiful Sara!) xxx

      £20.00

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      Aug 9, 2018

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