Update: It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the news of PD's passing due to complications during his surgery yesterday afternoon. He passed peacefully and without any pain. PD was incredibly loved during his time in our care. His foster family described him as the most loving and happy little guy who would run to greet them as soon as they walked into the room. He was adorable, silly, and so loving. We will all cherish our memories of sweet PD and know that even though it was short, he had the best little life possible. Even during his time at Blue Pearl Emergency Hospital his vets said he was purring and playful.
We appreciate all of our supporters, especially during difficult times like these. We will leave the option to donate in PD's memory open, as your generous donations help us to do everything in our power to give all of our cats and kittens the best chance at happy and healthy lives. We deeply wish there was a better outcome for PD, but sometimes things are beyond human control. Thank you for being a part of PD's life.
PD and his five siblings were born in our care and spent their kittenhood in loving foster homes. PD was the runt of the litter, and very quickly showed us what a resilient and special little boy he was. He took longer than his siblings to reach his kitten milestones, and he had to be bottle fed. He began showing signs of “Wobbly Cat Syndrome” (Cerebellar Hypoplasia). He wasn’t as steady on his feet as his siblings, often toppling over and running into things while playing. Because he was always a step behind his littermates, he sought love and attention from his human caregivers and continues to be very people oriented. He is a goofy, sweet and playful little guy!
We knew something was wrong when he started acting reclusive and lethargic. After a brief exam, our staff found what felt like a mass on the side of his abdomen and he was rushed to Boston Animal Hospital for further diagnostics. His x-rays were inconclusive but worrying, and it was recommended he be brought to BluePearl Emergency Hospital for overnight care and an abdominal ultrasound.
His doctors at BluePearl found him to be extremely constipated, and they began treatment to provide him with some relief. Unfortunately the various treatments and medications they tried over the course of four days were not successful. On his fourth day at the hospital, he was at risk of developing a severe infection due to the severe blockage in his colon. The only viable option left was surgery. This was considered a last resort in his case because of PD’s size, but it was the life-saving measure that was necessary in this situation.
The surgery was successful, but further diagnosis revealed that PD will need another, more complicated, surgery to remove a part of his bowel. The surgery is needed in order to prevent toxicity that could risk PDs life.
The cause of PD’s issue is still unknown, and we are working diligently with his doctors to determine how to provide the best ongoing care for him. Your generous contribution will help us to provide the life-saving care that sweet PD needs, ensuring that he is happy and healthy enough to find his forever home.
If we receive more than needed, the remainder will go to provide veterinary care for other cats with major health issues.