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My Cat Needs Help... FINAL UPDATE

Fri May 6, 2016, 4:44 AM


 LAST UPDATE: May 25th 
I finally got in contact with the Vet, and talked to her about what to do next.
Basically, Corona Virus/FIP is a terminal virus.. and there is no cure for it.
In some years, Cloud's symptoms may worsen and he will need some serious health care.
But for now, the only thing I can do is help him enjoy his life as best as I can,.
So, Cloud needs to be medicated with a vitamin for the rest of his life, which will help his immune system and make his symptoms under control.
He may also need an antibiotic to get rid of any infection he may have in his intestines.
At one point in his life, I am going to have to get dental work done for him too.
The vet recommended to filter his water, and put a vitamin drop in the water which will help keep his gingivitis at bay.
SO, As it stands now, Cloud will be medicated for his whole life, and hopefully the FIP will not progress fast.
There are 2 types of FIP- dry and wet. He will eventual get this, but it could be 5-10 years until he does.
When he does, he will need to be put on IV fluid to help keep him nourished.
Please pray for him that that will not happen for a long time!
I will do my best to make him the happiest little cat, and give him the best life that I can! Unfortunately, that's all I can do.
I want to say thank you to all of you who helped me get some answers! It means so much to me to have all of you!
Lots of Love, Kira and Cloud <333


 UPDATE 4: May 20th 
Okay... So this has been the slowest most painful process of my life.
So this vet finally got Clouds records from the other vet, and apparently Cloud tested positive for Corona Virus / FIP.
I'm extremely upset cause i didn't know!?!?
I went and did some research on FIP, and all of his symptoms can have underlining causes, and FIP is one of them.
So, I emailed the vet, asking if it would be better to look more into the FIP, rather than more random blood tests, because that makes the most sense to me.
If he already tested positive for something serious, and he is showing signs of it, then that's what it is....?
I do not want all of your guys' money to go to waist! And I'm kind of standing my ground and taking action now.
I hope to have another update for you soon when I hear back from the vet! Thanks sweeties♥

  UPDATE 3: May 12 
I have opened up a GoFundMe. If you or a friend would be willing to help, please visit here, and please share this!♥
Thank you so much♥ 
gofund.me/22vs3u4</strike>


  UPDATE 3: May 11
I received an email from the vet and she explained what is going on.
I had a hard time trying to explain why an oral issue would be causing bloody diarrhea, she explained why in the email.
Bellow is the email copied and pasted, so you can have a better understanding:

"Cloud has marked gingivitis in his mouth and I suspect leading towards eosinophilic stomatitis. It is a immune mediated disease in which his immune system is reacting to plaque and attacking his gums and tooth roots. This can also develop in the gastro intestinal tract as eosinophilic inflammatory bowel disease. Both of these issues can develop quite quickly and we often see the onset at 2-3 years of age. His teeth and gums may have been visually normal 1 year ago.
The lesions in the mouth usually get worse and more painful and in the more severe cases do not improve until the affected teeth are removed. IBD will sometimes need treatment with steroids or other immune suppression. With both issues to get a definitive diagnosis we would need to take tissue samples to send to a pathologist."


His blood work also came back, everything was good like his liver and such, but his blood cell count (i can't remember if red or white) was a little bit high, nothing alarming tho.
What was alarming though, was that he is dehydrated and something called DPK was extremely high. It should normally read at 429, but Clouds read 2400!
She said that DPK is a muscle enzyme, and what could be happening is a muscle breakdown because of this + the dehydration.
I told her that Cloud eats and drinks regularly, so she then said that he may not be absorbing nutrients from his food.

So, the next step now is more bloodwork... this time to check his pancreas, and his folate PLI and b vitamin absorption.
These 2 tests will cost me $310.00 in total, and if this is the case then he can at least go on some medication and antibiotics.
All of these things that are happening to him are all tied together with his teeth being the root of the problem, which is good to know! at least I'm getting somewhere here.

I asked her for a quote for dentistry, and she said it can cost between $1200-$1800.
(She said to first get him on some antibiotics first though to treat bacteria, and dentistry will be last resort).
The tissue sample will require a very invasive/extreme surgery, and can cost $2000-$3000
(She said that this is a last resort though, and recommends the 2 bloodtests/medication first).

I am happy that I am getting some answers... yes this is all so overwhelming and can get expensive, but my cat is worth it.
I also really appreciate that she isn't telling me to go with the surgeries at this time because they are expensive. 
She is at least being realistic, and trying to help me out as best she can.

Having said that, I need to come up with the $310.00 in 2 days, so that the lab can use his blood that they already have from his visit yesterday.
This will atleast save me $80.00 because i wont have to take him in again for them to take more blood.

SO, I'm opening up my emergency sketch commissions again!
I am about half way through this batch, so I can do it.
I'm not looking forward to overworking myself, but i have to do it.
I will be working on this emergency commissions, as well as my normal commissions at the same time,
so those who are currently waiting, please bare with me QQ
I am going into overwork mode now! Wish me luck ORZ

Sorry for this huge wall of text.. I wanted to make sure to mention everything with you guys to keep you up to date!
Thank you so much for all your love and support!
Love, Kira and Cloud♥

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UPDATE 2: May 10th
Brought Cloud into the vet today, Initial exam and blood work was $300 orz
When she was examining him, she found that his gums were extremely inflamed and red.
She said that it is cause by a certain gene/type of cat so it was inevitable I guess?
She said that these symptoms show around his age (he is around 3 years old).
Pretty much, she said the stage it was at was very severe, and I will probably have to have his molars pulled.
He has a high chance for infection in his gums.
The blood work will show if he has this thing thats carried in his genetics, and or something worse....
I don't know, I feel very overwhelmed and upset, and I am waiting to hear back from the doctor through emails to clarify some of my questions.
If he does need oral surgery, it will cost me thousands of dollars....
I will know the results of his blood work tomorrow, I will update you guys then with what it says.

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UPDATE 1: May 7th
Thanks to all of you guys, I was able to earn enough money to take my bby to the vet QQ
I will let you know what they tell me is going on with him!
Please cross your fingers for us♥♥

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*I'm sorry if you have a weak stomach! Please leave all negative comments you may have to yourself, because I'm to emotional to handle rude people right now ;^;

I have a serious situation on my hands.
I hate to bring my irl issues to dA, but I really need some help ;n;
Let me explain everything from the beginning, to give you a better understanding of whats happening.

I own 3 cats, 2 of which I adopted from my towns local cat rescue shelter that also runs a veterinary clinic.
1 of the 2 had a cold when I adopted him, which is very common in shelter cats. His name is Cloud.



The shelter currently holds 300+ cats, and they run by donations.
They are kind enough to offer free medical care for the first year after adoption which is amazing!
This is the only way they can.. unfortunately it is too expensive to treat that many cats, so they must wait until they are adopted to bring them to health.

Cloud has had a "recurring cold" I like to call it. Every few weeks he gets very sick, and then he will be fine for a few weeks, and it repeats.
He gets sneezing attacks, constant diarrhea and vomiting. Sometimes he will have a tiny bit of blood in his stool as well.
My other 2 cats have never experienced these symptoms, which makes me worried that something is really wrong with him!

Having said that, I have brought Cloud in for examinations to that vet countless times, with no results.
The only thing they were doing was giving me medicine for him, but not finding the actual cause of the problem.
Medicines like stool hardeners and stuff for nausea... I find it baffling for a doctor to give medicines to pretty much cover up the symptoms, and not actually find the problem that's causing these symptoms... it makes absolutely no sense! 

I have owned Cloud for almost 3 years, and I'm no longer able to take him to that vet free of charge.
And a couple nights ago, cloud got sick like he usually does, but he had a large amount of bright read blood in his diarrhea. 

As you may or may not know, I do not live with my parents, and I'm responsible for all of my expenses. I barely make enough money as is with my art, and I'm unable to afford to take Cloud to the vet at this time. Before anyone makes any mean comments that I can't afford to care for my own animals, please know that I had a well paying part time job when I adopted them. But sometimes things in life happen, and I had lost that job.

I desperately want to help my baby, and I really need a second opinion from another vet.
1 of my cats is a patient at a different vet in my town, and I was planning on taking him there.
I had called them yesterday morning, and asked them if I was eligible for coverage through a program that helps pet owners with low income. 
Unfortunately, I was unable to get coverage because the program only gives vet clinics a certain amount of money per year, because all their money comes from donations.
I then asked them if I would be able to make payment plans, and they said they are unable to offer them anymore because they have had some recent issues with people not paying.
It will cost me around $50-$100 for the initial exam, and if they ask me for blood work and scans which I'm sure they will, that will be a another few hundred.
I hope to at least make enough to get him examined and then take it from there!

I'm at a total loss... and my anxiety is through the roof.
I love my cats like they were my own children, and it breaks my heart that I am helpless for Cloud when he really needs me.

The only thing I could think of, and is honestly my only hope now, is to open emergency commissions!




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:icondragonskynocturne:
DragonSkyNocturne Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Sorry to hear that, I hope he have a good lifeTaiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] 
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k0ritsi Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so sorry to hear that :( the thought of eventually losing a fluffbuddy is never fun :iconslowhugplz:
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:icondawnchi:
dawnchi Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw it's not ideal, but at least there's something that will help little Cloud live his life to the fullest <3 But it's obvious you deeply care for him, so he's in good hands :love: 
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YuuiSama Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh no sorry to hear that D: I hope cloud get to live his life to the fullest.
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Cyanidesaliva Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear that it's something he's going to have to deal with for the rest of his life.  :c  But, I'm so glad you managed to get the answers at this stage so you can keep him as healthy and happy as you can for, I pray, a long LONG time to come.  I'll keep you and Cloud in my prayers! I know you'll make him the happiest cat in the world, you've done so much for him already.  May the vitamin and antibiotics help, and I hope his symptoms are kept to a minimum.  I also hope you'll be able to get some rest, I know how stressed this has made all of you. 
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KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much Carissa ♥♥
It is very upsetting that it turned out to be something so serious.
But I will do all that I can to make him a happy little guy!<333
Yess i will try to relax now, even though this is still so stressful..
Thank you for all that you've done for me!<333333
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Cyanidesaliva Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
My pleasure, Kira!
I'm sorry that it did turn out that way as well, but I'm glad you caught it early enough that you can give him a long, happy life for as long as you can <3 
He's t he luckiest kitty, to have such a nice, loving owner as well.  May you both be able to relax when you can (and able to take some time off from over stressing yourself with commissions soon.  I'm so sorry I contributed to that ;;)
Aw I haven't done as much as I should! But I'm happy to help a friend out however I can.  ^-^
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pirhana4 Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
NOO cloud :( i hope it happens in a thousand years
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thanks hun<333
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Sukiie Featured By Owner May 25, 2016   Digital Artist
; A ; aw noo, I'm sorry to hear that.
Hopefully he has a long and happy life ahead of him. ♥ ♥ Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
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KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I will do my best to give him the happiest life<333
Thanks sweetie!♥
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Fenur Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I was waiting for final update with some holding my thumbs for ya ;(
I am really sorry for Cloud, he is such lovely cat. I mean, it is not fair. ;v
But good luck :hug:
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much QQ <333
He is handsome isn't he?♥
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:iconfenur:
Fenur Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :love:
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:iconpirhana4:
pirhana4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
NOOOOO POOR CLOUD AHHHHH
my friend harshiyni was so upset when she heard.
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh ya it's very stressful QQ
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:iconpirhana4:
pirhana4 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i really hope poor cloud gets better
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FluffballCharlie Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I pray for your dear cat!!!

Also, I made this journal to spread this journal---> fav.me/da2gv52
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wahh thank you so much for your help!<3333
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FluffballCharlie Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ
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memesareformemes Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tonight i will pray for Cloud, no animal should go through this! I will spread the news as much as i can, lets all hope Cloud will get better. <3 
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much QQ ♥♥
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:iconmemesareformemes:
memesareformemes Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np! I wish good luck too Cloud <3
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FawnAutumn Featured By Owner May 12, 2016   General Artist
awe I hope cloud will be okay. Sadly I don't have paypal to donate only points T.T
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your concern <333333
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:iconfawnautumn:
FawnAutumn Featured By Owner May 16, 2016   General Artist
You're Welcome. A few years ago my cat was bitten by a poisonousness snake we didn't know she was lock out side all night until early in the morning when I was going to feed her. We took her to the vet and they said she would have a small chance of surviving after a week and a half she recovered but her back paws and tail are sensitive. I now take extra care of her it's like babysitting lol. But I do hope Cloud will be alright
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awww that's awful! QQ
I'm happy kitty is okay though! that's very scary!
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:iconfawnautumn:
FawnAutumn Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   General Artist
She is alright now :) It was very scary
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:iconlucidmomo:
lucidmomo Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least now we know what happened to cloud ;^; poor him had to go through all the pain in his gums. Ouch ;__; !! I will try to donate whatever i can ♡
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sweetie!
sorry for late reply ;^; ♥
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:iconlucidmomo:
lucidmomo Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries *v*
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vanny-chii Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygosh thats a lot of money. ;;;;;;;;
Its glad to hear that he was taken to the vet but bad that he still has big-big problems. ;;
I wish I could send some money over but I will be broken for a while. Im sure you will gain enough and everything will be okay!
Wish the best of luck for you and Cloud! <3
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes it's very stressful and overwhelming atm orz
Thank you very much cutie! trying to stay strong♥
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dawnchi Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least there's a chance of it being able to be cured then....but still >-< 
It's so sweet that you're willing to go so far for Cloud
Best of luck x10 //wahhhhh
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes thank god, hopefully it wont be too serious!
Thank you so much QQ♥
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:iconpirhana4:
pirhana4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
WAAA POOR CLOUD! HE/SHE IS SO CUET!
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:iconpirhana4:
pirhana4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
my friend sys, u should get a you tube account, and make speed draws. if you get enough subscribers, you can get money
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
unfortunately speedpaint youtube channels take a while to kick off,
and i will not make the money in time if i even can make any from that at all QQ
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:iconpirhana4:
pirhana4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
oh
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:iconyuuisama:
YuuiSama Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Omg the surgery is a lot of money x.x you should start saving for it or make a gofund me to get some donations.
But atleast you got answers hopefully it doesn't go to last resort and do a invasive surgery ;-;
Best of luck!!!
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
im going to set up a gofunme right now, because i'm not going to get this 300 dollars in time QQ
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:iconyuuisama:
YuuiSama Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student General Artist
how much you need atm?
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I need $300 for more bloodwork, and then hopefully i will only need to get some medication/antibiotics! orz
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:iconyuuisama:
YuuiSama Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student General Artist
and you have to raise that much by when tomorrow? 
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:iconkiraselixir:
KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ya, but i just realized paypal's stupid hold time.
Ill have to end up paying a tiny bit more because i'm probably going to have to take him in again
so they can take more blood. The lab will only hold onto blood for so long QQ
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:iconyuuisama:
YuuiSama Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student General Artist
really even if u send through family and friends? 
i thought that doesn't take time o-o
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FerroAnime Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
aww poor thing.... i honestly wish i can do something but im broke atm....... i am so sorry i wish your baby will be fine!
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KirasElixir Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much hun♥♥
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FerroAnime Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
yw
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:iconlucidmomo:
lucidmomo Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor cloud! He looks so beautiful *^* i hope he will get better!!!
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