In 2017, all three of my Housecats left for The Big Sleep. One had lived a long adventure of a life but two were special needs cats who'd needed daily care and been my constant companions. The loss was devastating but with so many rescue cats languishing in shelters in desperate need of homes, I decided to adopt some new friends in honour of their predecessors. After extensive vet bills through 2016-17, I opted to adopt healthy cats, and Tilly and Teddy arrived each with a clean bill of health. My third adoptee, Toshi, had a traumatic start in life and came to me after having one eye removed; though his rescuers and vet otherwise gave him a clean bill of health besides an ear issue they were treating.
Sadly, Toshi turned out to be the carrier of a nasty strain of cat flu and shortly after his arrival, his new siblings came down with severe upper respiratory and aggressive eye infections, and will now also be cat flu carriers for life. Teddy has a little better resistance but is by no means in the clear; and Tilly is sadly locked in a cycle of low grade cat flu and recurring eye infections, which escalate quickly without vet care and medication. Toshi, meanwhile, is thriving despite having developed colitis and thus needing a specific veterinary diet to avoid painful intestinal problems and more. My plan to adopt healthy cats has gone belly up and I now find myself having an expensive specialist diet as well as long term regular vet care and cat flu medication to pay for, so I've come up with a plan to raise the extra funds needed by the Housecats: