8.7.10

Junie, The Cat Against The Whole World. Her Allergy Test Results

We have Junie update today. It could be very difficult for people to read but I must report. For those who doesn't know Junie, she was rescued by my friend Lee. Junie is allergic to outside environment, due to that her stomach is all bloody from her licking herself. While we wait for her allergy test results, she was bandaged up plus corns around her neck. She was so miserable....
 
Finally we had the test results today and results are not good.I scanned her test results from the lab here, the normal number for cats are below 150. As you can see Junie has abnormally high numbers for almost all of them... 2000, 4000.... the vet said it is just crazy and they never seen a cat so allergic to everything before.... The vet suggested some kind of injections that supposedly reduce the amounts however, those injection might cause some side effects. The injection is not one time thing, she needs to have them every 3 months and each one cost about $170. We don't know how long we need that injection treatment and we don't know if that will make Junie better either....it might make her worse too. So, Lee has two options.

1. Take a chance with injection treatments. 2. Put her down.

I am so sorry to break this news...but these are only solution we have. The vet said, if Lee haven't rescued Junie, she would have been dead long time ago. Lee has already spend $3500 for the vet bills, and it is getting really really difficult financially for her. To be honest, she is not sure if she can continue with expensive injection treatment. However we know what we need to focus on right now is Junie, and what is best for her... let us know your thoughts.

Please continue to support Junie by donating to the Save The Junie Foundation. If we get enough support, it might influence Lee's decision in a positive way. Again if you want to e-mail Lee this is her address: cleeholcomb2002@yahoo.com

Thank you guys so much for puuuurs and prayers.

Lee+ Junie+ Sachie+Goma




25 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

That poor kitty! She is allergic to the world. Will she be better as an inside kitty?

Jacqueline said...

After all this, I hope they will at least give the injections a chance...Best of luck, sending positive energy and big hugs...Calle, Halle, Sukki

jmuhj said...

This is very saddening news, Sachie-san; but I hope and pray for a miracle for Junie, who is so adorable and sweet, and so brave. I share her link on my social networking pages and urge all readers to do the same. You click on the picture of Junie and then at the end of that post, use the "Share" tool to quickly and easily share this story and link on your Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and other social networking pages. Please everyone, do this! We continue to pray for Junie Kitten. She is WORTH saving. And of course, ALL cats belong indoors-only, for their own safety.

CarmenT said...

So poor Junie is essentially like the Boy in the Plastic Bubble in many ways. Not because her immune system is absent but because her immune system sees practically everything as dangerous and reacts by going berserk. The only real way to deal with that is to suppress her immune system, leaving her very susceptible to every passing infectious microbe that comes along. Poor Junie. My husband and I discussed it and what we would likely do is try an injection to see if it relieved the symptoms enough to restore a decent quality of life for the pet if it was ours. But that's us. There's no "right" answer here, just a couple of crummy ones. :-(

ihavecat said...

I am so heartbroken by this news. Do you think your friend will try the injections. Poor baby. I know your friend has done so much already, but she must be attached to this sweet baby no? I will, of course, do everything within my power to help raise funds. Perhaps people can sponsor injections? Just a thought. PUt me down for one!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Poor Junie. She has really had a tough time surviving. Even now that she is getting help. We hope for the best for her.

Anonymous said...

I bawled while I was reading the news about the beautiful Junie. I wonder since Lee may not be able to keep paying for the treatment can she find someone who is willing to adopt the cat so that she can keep getting whatever she needs to prolong her life or to ease her life due to her disease. I would hate to see her being putting to sleep because of the lack of the money. I understand that we don't want the poor kitty suffering needlessly, but we need to give her a chance at life. If the treatment doesn't work then we need to think about her of course. She is simply a furry doll, and I wish she did not have to suffer so much. I wonder why she turned out like that. Was she born that way? Or what? She is soo cute!

Anonymous said...

I'm out of a job right now, but I really hope that your friend will at least try one injection for Junie, so I'm going to donate what I can for this beautiful little girl. I feel so sorry for her. If there's any chance that her quality of life can be improved by the injections or any other treatment, I hope your friend will give it a shot.

Daisy said...

Poor sweet Junie! Are the injections Depo-Medrol? When Harley's EGC was at its worst, he had a series of about five Depo-Medrol injections,and the results were amazing and so fast. Do you think an indoor HEPA filter would help to filter some of the allergens out of the air around her?

AFSS said...

Poor Junie, we hopes they are able to try the injections. We are sending healing and comforting purrs.

Little Big Cat has a list of organizations that will help with vet bills.
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=financialassistanceforpetsveterinarybills

cats of wildcat woods said...

I have allergies myself and western medicine does not have anything to help -try a holistic vet who uses homeopathy. If you don't have one in your area - I suggest Dr Charles Loops who does phone consults from NC. His web is drcharlesloppsdvm.com - I used him to treat two cats with cancer - one went into remission and the othe lived longer with treatment. Dr Loops can tell you over the phone whether he can help or not. Also look up Shirleys Wellness cafe online for holistic allergy treatments. Fell free to contact me for more info. I hate to see Junie PTS over this - she survived thsi long on her own. I only use holsitic medicine on myself and cats - it works and better and cheaper. Good luck!

Kea said...

We are sending LOTS of purrs and healing Light to Junie, and hoping that some of the things others have suggested (like holistic care) will work for her.

Universal Blessings and Peace to all.

Junior and Orion said...

Porr little Junie. She has had a rough time of it. bless your friend for helping her. Our hope is that Junie will be able to have a couple of the shots to see if it helps her. We will be purring for her and will donate if we can.

Kat's Kats said...

Sending purrs & prayers from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde & Feeders!!

There was once a member of the TMNKH who was allergic. Samantha started by being allergic to plastic. And of course she loved it. We started noticing it because her cute chin went bald. So we went to feeding the Horde out of crystal bowls (they liked that!).

Then she became allergic to grass. No problem, she just stayed indoors of her own volition. Annoyed, but... still. Then she became allergic to chicken. We switched the Science Diet food flavor we'd been using to one that had no chicken. Then it was beef. We had to go to a lamb formula.

Then it was fleas. At that one we started the cortisone shots spaced out every so often. That gave her relief. But finally her back was raw and the bottom of her spine was pitiful to behold. She stayed under the waterbed headboard so that you couldn't get to her to do anything with her or for her.

That was the point where we called the vet. It was obvious to all of us that she wasn't happy any more. Our vet was wonderful. They were one of the best in the city. But Sam just couldn't take it anymore and we all decided that it was time to help her pass over to a better life.

When I went back to the bedroom I was shocked. There, in the middle of the bed was my lithe gray tabby Samantha. She was purring at me. It was like she'd heard me talking and agreed. She cuddled up with us all night, something that she'd never done!

In the morning I brought out the cat carrier and my baby that hated it with a pink purple passion got in. We got into the car and she meowed a bit at me rather than protesting the entire way. Sam greeted the staff at the vet, surprising them as well. The vet said, "I guess she's ready, isn't she." I'm tearing up right now and it's been over a decade.

It's the hardest decision in the world to make. But I know that when I cross that Bridge someday I will be greeted not just by my human kith and kin, but by my furkin. My bairn. Some I raised from birth, some from adulthood. Some rescued from the street, some from others who rescue. All of them treasured for as long as I was allowed to be with them.

Anonymous said...

I think she should find Junie a home with someone who can afford her medical bills... there are people who can do that...

Patty Skypants said...

Bhu and I are heartbroken! We think that it would be difficult for you to investigate the holistic approach, as we are sure you are tremendously emotional at this point about Junie's situation! But we also think it would be a good idea. Bhu sez: "Me no likes injections!" A couple of years ago I had to say goodbye to my little Sofie, who was born in my bedroom closet. After 16 years she'd had a stroke, it left her blind and she was living in a small space in the basement. Eventually, she couldn't make it to the litter box, so I wound up duct-taping sheets of plastic to the concrete floor. I would have done it indefinitely, except one day she just couldn't move from her spot and she yowled in a most peculiar way and I knew it was her time. I didn't want to make her suffer any longer and it was clear there was no way out. You have to decide if you think there is a way out for Junie.

We love you and hope you find the wisdom and strength you need! xxoo Patty & Bhu

The Lee County Clowder said...

That is immensly bad noos, indeed. We have a hard time believing one kittie can be allergik to soo many things. That is really NOT FAIR.

We contributed a little to help Junie. We all know you will have to make the decisions, but we're hoping you at least try one injection, just to see if it even helps. The holistic medison might be worth a shot, and should be cheaper as well.

Harry Spotter said...

Poor sweet kitty. Maybe try the shots if you can to see if they help. Maybe a fund raiser to help for them. We will be purring and praying for you all. Please keep us posted.

Karen Jo said...

Poor little kitty! I hope something can be found that will help her.

Furkidsmom said...

We hope that Junie will try the injections. Maybe a CB fundraiser or auction will help?

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Everycat said...

Daisy and Wildcat Woods have some great suggestions. Poor Junie, that's a big list of outside allergens to deal with. She would definately need to be kept inside, but humans might bring tiny amounts of the things she is allergic to into the home on their clothes and shoes. Maybe she could be limited to rooms where humans don't walk in with coats and outdoor shoes?

Junie's been through a lot of stress and stress makes everything worse for animals (including we humans and especially cats) maybe with a stable indoor life, some immediate relief from the allergies, this will give her some time to build up her strength and resistance again.

Ask the vet about antihistamines as well.

I would give Junie a chance, she's come a long way from when she was rescued and at least you know what her problem is now - that's a huge step. I'd find out more about the injections, steroids aren't bad drugs when used appropriately at the right doses. There are newer treatments too, such as different types of interferon being used with animals, safely and with good results. It's all worth researching and thinking about. A good vet won't mind you asking a million questions and taking your time to decide what to do.

Cat health can really improve once they feel safe and loved - I'd say, give her lots more time and see how she goes. She may surprise you, and the vet!

Jane & Whicky

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

We use the same lab a the cat hospital were I work and yes, this is the worse case numbers I have ever seen. As Daisy said, you could try starting out with Depo Medrol injections, as they are inexpensive, and possibly by putting her on canned food only (having no dry food out at all as one of the things she is allergic to is a mite that lives in dry cat food/grains/cereals etc http://www.dermvetvegas.com/storage_mite.pdf ) and vacuuming your home twice a week and keeping windows shut so less outdoor allergens enter(all the trees and plants and pollen she is allergic to can be blown in through windows and tracked in on your shoes)...you could see how she responded.

Kaatje said...

My kitty, Mao, had similar results on her Heska allergy tests. We worked with a dermatologist at Michigan State University's vet school and Mao did well for years on the immunotherapy injections that they developed. She ended up needing two vials (24 allergens total) and had to be 'built up' slowly, but eventually only needed monthly injections, which I did at home with no problem. We also tried cyclosporine which was wonderful, but Mao was one of like 3% of animals that develop gum proliferation, so we had to stop. Please feel free to contact me at meowzrs [at] gmail [dot] com if you would like more information on Mao's experience.

pook555 said...

Purrs for Junie! We're so sad to hear of her condition - immunosuppressents sound like they might help - would Prednisone be an option (I know this has side effects but I believe they are less in cats)? Purrs and prayers for little Junie!!

Megan said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww.............Our family will keep Juney and Lee in our hearts and preys...

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