This is another excellent example of international cooperation and partnership in the furtherance of the welfare of the domestic cat! I love that kind of thing. It reminds me of me and thee. By “thee” I mean the regular supporters and contributors to this website.
This little domestic cat story concerns a black random bred shorthaired cat whose name is Tambolina.
Tambolina’s human caretaker is Mrs Janet West. She lives in Stonehouse, which is near Gloucester in the West of England.
Tambolina became ill. She developed a cyst the size of a satsuma in her chest. It was potentially life-threatening because it prevented her from breathing properly.
Janet spotted the problem when her cat became less active and had difficulty breathing. She took Tambolina to a veterinarian in Stroud who quoted £3,500 for the operation to remove the cyst.
Janet couldn’t afford it. She was horrified and upset because she was frightened that Tambolina would have to be put to sleep. She had insurance money but it had been used up for the initial test.
This is where her American friend stepped in by pledging $500 to contribute towards the operation. A wonderful offer. Janet needed more money. She used one of the new crowd funding websites to raise the remaining money which as it happens was less than the quoted figure because a kind and helpful local veterinarian, Mike Roger, agreed to do the operation for under £1000.
The operation left Tambolina in a frightened state which is unsurprising. Janet questioned whether she had done the right thing. Tambolina was kept in a pen within the home to 2 months. She was quite fragile. Her breastbone had been cracked open as part of the operation.
Tambolina fully recovered and is now back to her old self. I like very much the nature of the cooperation of people who Janet had never met but particularly the generous donation of her American friend across the waters and the British vet who made it all possible. It is the international element that appeals to me because the cat world is one nation.
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