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As friends of the family we are uniting to lend a paw to help raise money towards Kit's emergency surgery and post-op expenses. Thank You.

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My name is Kit and here is my story. Well first here is my beginnings. I was on a display in a pet store just before Christmas Eve as an adoption promo for the SW Washington Humane Society. I was brought in as a stray with my litter family, I was the only one who wasn't adopted out quickly. Not sure why? Maybe my good looks kept me here to be their store display. But in an event of good will or the best luck ever my forever home came about that one night.

My pet parents The Cassidy Family were shopping for stocking stuffers for their other furkids and their daughter's service dog when they came upon me. Now my pet mom admits that initially she wan't going to adopt me at first because she was fearful I would not get along with the other petkids... but in the end her fears were erased as I became a perfect fit. Bree's loving boyfriend Kris already made plans of giving me as a Christmas gift to her. Imagine that?! Me being considered a gift!

I came to the family with a little baggage of medical issues. Easily treatable but did come at a cost. But what Im told by my pet parent is that the out of pocket cost far weighed less then the effect I had on them. What I've come to learn and realize is that my love and presence outweighed my initial baggage.

My pet mom Bree has let me know that I have eased some of her stress from a condition that most docs dismiss called Fibromyalgia. She also struggles with severe PTSD. Imagine that I was able to help with this. And I am only 8 months old......!

My present reason for asking for help? I am a rambunctious kitten. Into everything I suppose.On Feb 16th my pet mom Bree found me semi conscious lying in a pool of my own vomit. She rushed me to the vet. Supportive care was given. I was discharged home. By 4pm on Feb 16th my condition worsened. I was taken to an ER Vet who concluded my condition was critical. X-rays revealed an intestinal blockage cutting off circulation. My blood pressure was not measurable. I was taken to ICU for supportive care to be stabilized before I could go for exploratory surgery. I was operated on around 4am (Feb 17th) where they found a little girls 9" long hair pony tail band wrapped around my intestine. Thankfully I had it successfully removed.

I am stable for now. And to think what a day it was. I went to 3 different vet facilities before I was taken to St Francis for the surgery.

Why am I here?? Because my pet parents used part of
their dream home down payment to render my care.
Without a blink it was me or the new house.
I wanted to ask others out there if they could now help
me help them recover some of the ongoing vet costs
that came about with this surgery?
So I started this cause.

Thank You in advance if you can help out just a little.

Much Love & Gratitude

*Kit* Cat

Update: April 22, 2012. From Kit
Can't believe how fast this month is flying by - probably about as fast as those birds that keep taunting me but I'm unable to catch through the window screening of my bedroom! My parents continue to keep me in the master bedroom & bathroom areas because I just can't help myself get into everyone else's food. The teenager has yummy food in his room all the time, the toddler keeps dropping scraps of delicious tidbits, my nemesis (Reese, the female cat in the house) doesn't finish her tasty morsels - heck, even the birdseed scraps on the floor are too irresistable to resist! Unfortunately, every little scrap I lap up gives me a horrible tummy ache...so, here I sit - perched on one of the many windows of the bedroom while I watch the world outside - those birds sure do stay busy! Thank you so very much for all the support. We've only got a couple of months before we're being forced to move - it seems that the landlord of the home my parents own is moving back in with his family and finding a home for a family our size is hard to do! Rentals are slim to none right now with the economy shifting as it is - or at least that's what they keep saying, what would *I* know about economics of the two-legged creatures? And of course keeping me would be difficult to do in another rental home and with my being a bit of a trouble maker and on a special diet - putting me back up for adoption isn't a safe option for me (not that my parents were considering it). In any case, thanks for checking in on me and reading my story, and thank you for helping my furever family!

From the family: All of your help in spreading the word and your donations have been Oh so appreciated! Even our teenagers have been excitedly keeping track of the $ amount increasing week by week! For those of you who seem apologetic for donating a "small" amount, please don't be sorry! We are grateful to you, for every little bit truly does help! A HUGE thanks to those of you who have been able to donate $20 or more!! We know how tough things are everywhere and we can't thank you enough for your support! Kit is still on his special diet and unable to leave his bedroom - his fur is growing back in and he's back to his spunky, mischeivous self again! Bless you all! <3 ~ The Cassidys



Update: April 1st, 2012
It's April 1st and I'm so happy to see that donations are still being offered and that's no joke!! My family has been outpouring lots of luvs and cuddles to me as I'm still sequestered in the master bedroom of the house because my fellow fur siblings have yummy smelling pet food elsewhere in the home is just too irresistible for me and I'm still on a special prescription diet. My Doctor says I may need to stay on this diet for much longer than previously expected because when my family tried to follow doctor's orders and slowly transition me to a non-prescription, "easy-to-digest" food from the local natural pet food store, my tummy revolted in a horrible way and I got very, very sick! Now that I'm back on the prescription food, all is well again and we'll just have to take it one week at a time. Sadly this means that my family will be spending more than they had anticipated in my post-op care!! With recent news that the home they will have to move from their rental home in 3 months time due to the owners moving back, this means they need your help now more than ever! Please, won't you lend a paw and donate a few dollars to help my family? They have loved me so much in the short time I've been with them! Much furry love and purrs. xox Kit

Updated 2/19/2012 from Bree * Kits * Pet parent:
"My beautiful 8 month old kitten is very, very sick. Yesterday he saw 3 different vets. One did basic care, thinking he'd ingested something that upset his tummy ($130). 2nd did an xray and find he had a foreign object blocking his upper intestines ($230.50). As his condition rapidly declined we had to rush him to the 24hr Vet Hospital where he had to be stabilized before ER exploratory surgery/ICU ($1606 and climbing). He's feeling miserable and so are we as the ICU he is still in is quite costly. A friend of ours started a fundraiser to help us cover the expenses - the money we'd been saving to put on a downpayment for a home. :o\ Kitten loves and five happy children who don't have to lose a pet were worth the cost but any additional financial support would be tremendously appreciated. Thank you!"


Update Jan 20th, 2012 from the family:
"Kit is regaining his appetite with each passing day. Unfortunately, he has begun to show signs of an infection at the incision site so he'll be re-visiting his regular vet at Cascade Park Animal Hospital this evening. The outpouring of love and support the community has shown has touched our hearts. Thank you so very much!
<3 The Cassidy-Lewis Family"


Update Jan 22nd. Kit is now on two antibiotics, one to keep internal infection at bay from the surgery, the other to remedy the mild external infection that was developing on his abdomen at the incision site. His pain is noticeably decreasing each day as his energy and frisky mood is starting to resume - he's had to learn the hard way that trying to jump from the bathroom counter to the floor and back is still too much for him to handle yet so now he treads lightly by using the bathroom toilet to reach the counter when he wants his own view out the window and traces his steps gently to get back down. He has only a couple more days left of his GI medications and his external sutures are healing up nicely now! Dr says he's looking fantastic and should be officially out of the woods (as far as recovery goes) by the first weekend in March. This means that the Cassidy Family will have a little over a week to finish the Kitten Proofing - which really is MUCH more of a challenge than baby proofing for a 2 yr old as they've sadly, discovered the hard way. After that, Kit will be healed enough to venture out of the safety of the bathroom, and be his rambunctious kitten self again.

Aside from the frequent visits from Bree & the children throughout the day, Bree has also been helping him up so he can sit in the window sill during the day so that he can see the outside and doesn't get too lonely or bored. She also has been allowing him out of his bathroom to lay on the bed with her in the evenings each night for some much needed snuggles & lovies before tucking him back into his bed in the safety of the bathroom at night.

Again, thank you so much for checking in on Kit! Your support is very appreciated! Be sure to check in for regular updates, photos and videos as Kit continues to heal. If you haven't already, please take a moment to share this website with your family and friends and help us get the word out about Kit's story! The more the story gets out, the more people will be able to come together to help Kit and his family!

Update 2/24/12 We've passed the red zone of post-op concerns and we're happy to report that Kit is doing remarkably well. His appetite has picked up, he's using his litter box, he's off of his GI & pain meds, and his frisky playfullness has returned too. By tomorrow he'll be allowed to venture out of the confines of his small bathroom (where he's been kept to *encourage* his need to rest) and into the attached Master Bedroom. There he'll have a lot more space to finish his recooperating and larger windows that are close to the floor so he can look outside and see the world without Bree's assistance to get into the window sill. Things are finally looking up! Thank you so much for your continued support!

Update 2/28/12 I am doing much better and Mom says that my sutures are healing well. They itch a little so I need some reminders not to lick at them but I don't mind as long as I don't have to wear that icky cone collar! My fur-family has to keep feeding me a special diet that is easier on my tummy and it is costly but they promise me I am worth it. So far my adventure has cost them over $2000 between my doctor appointments leading up to my surgery and then the follow up visits, medication, and special diet. The house my family wanted to buy just dropped in price and they decided to go through with the loan process and hope for the best. Please, please pray for them that they will be able to get a home with little or no down payment! In the meantime, if you are able - every penny helps! Thank you so very much!!! *Purrr Purrrr Purrrrr*

It's April 1st and I'm so happy to see that donations are still being offered! My family has been outpouring lots of luvs and cuddles to me as I'm still sequestered in the master bedroom of the house because my fellow fur siblings have yummy smelling pet food elsewhere in the home is just too irresistible for me and I'm still on a special prescription diet. My Doctor says I may need to stay on this diet for much longer than previously expected because when my family tried to follow doctor's orders and slowly transition me to a non-prescription, "easy-to-digest" food from the local natural pet food store, my tummy revolted in a horrible way and I got very, very sick! Now that I'm back on the prescription food, all is well again and we'll just have to take it one week at a time. Sadly this means that my family will be spending more than they had anticipated in my post-op care!! With recent news that the home they will have to move from their rental home in 3 months time due to the owners moving back, this means they need your help now more than ever! Please, won't you lend a paw and donate a few dollars to help my family? They have loved me so much in the short time I've been with them! Much furry love and purrs. xox Kit
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