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Hi Ali

I want to thank you very much for the very informative article you have written.I so truly wished I had seen this article a few years back or more.My poor Couey who is 12 years old not only has been diagnosed with CRF but possibly other organ problems as well..plus he needs dental work. So his chances of survival are really slim.I unfortuneately do not have the 5 or 6 hundred dollars to get him even started.A loan would be just awesome right now to get him started or a organization that could help I live in Maple Ridge BC Canada and am willing to take him to Vancouver Bc for treatment if possible.I pray you might be able to help in some way.   Yours sincerley Margaret

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Margaret,

I have an important question to ask - do you have a good relationship with your family vet? If you've been a client there for a period of time they may be willing to accept post dated cheques to cover Couey's treatment. As far as I can see there aren't any charities that specifically offer financial assistance with veterinary care in BC. Perhaps another option would be to hold a fundraiser online to help with Couey's medical expenses... Many people have been successful raising funds for vet care by using social media such as Facebook. I'm really at a loss to offer suggestions beyond taking the time to talk with your vet (particularly if you are a longstanding client) and seeing whether or not the clinic would be able to arrange a payment plan with you or asking friends and family to help. My heart goes out to you, I know how challenging it can be to balance a CRF kitty's medical needs.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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