This is Bubba. He’s only 2 & according to the vet he's, "never seen a cat with so much fight to live". Tuesday Bubba had violent seizures, muscle spasms, & tremors. Doctors are almost certain he was poisoned with strychnine. It was explained this was almost certainly intentional as a cat won’t ingest strychnine unless it’s hidden in something tasty. He was not expected to survive the first 24 hours but has displayed an incredible will to get home to his family. But he needs an MRI asap to pinpoint what damage was done to his brain or this family will have to face watching him make it through the poison just to lose the fight because of the expense of care.
Bubba was born to a fostered cat at Liz & Matty's house. Immediately he was attached to Nathaniel, their youngest. The attachment was so profound they decided the best friends belonged together forever & he was officially adopted.
Bubba is always looking for trouble to get himself into. Like falling into a bucket of paint & running through the house (he was blue for weeks) or the "construction" he did to the dryer vent to create his own cat door (he did not agree with only indoors). He loves to bat the water when it’s running. He gives kisses by jumping up & smashing his nose into your face. He loves to give them out. He makes the rules in Nathaniel's room & tries to stop anyone attempting to wake him. Christmas mornings he has been banned for trying to open everyone's presents before they can. But his favorite time of day is bedtime - he runs to Nathaniel's room & patiently waits to curl next to him & sleep. He doesn't leave him all night.
Nathaniel has not been coping with this evil well & has actually been physically sick from the fear of losing his friend. No child should have to learn there is evil out there by such a cruel deed. Nathaniel is fiercely vigilant in watching out for Bubba. On a fall evening Liz had a small gas leak in the house. I happened to be there & we immediately vacated the house. I will never forget watching the argument between Nathaniel & his mother because he was insisting, almost to hysteria, on returning to the house to retrieve his buddy. It was a heated battle of mother protecting her son & son perfectly fine with risking his life to protect his cat.
Bubba has, against all odds survived so far. The doctor tonight said he is guarded, but hopeful. He needs more days in the ICU & further intensive medical treatment. The doctors feel an MRI is critical, but very expensive. He can not yet stand on his own, but he is trying so hard. The MRI would unlock the damage so it could be treated. His family drives an hour one way for less than a 5 minute visit, but doctors feel it is vital. They feel Bubba becomes alert when he is aware his family is there. After they leave staff stated it takes about 2 hours to get him calmed back down, but he shows the fight. He knows what he wants to live for. Visit time is limited so not to over stimulate him.
Bubba can only survive with 24 hour, critical medical care. This level of veterinary care is extremely expensive & this family is in desperate need of some urgent help. They have almost depleted everything. Nathaniel insisted on giving the $101 he had been keeping to save up for his coveted Xbox1. Please help him be reunited with his best friend. How can a lack of finances be what puts an end to such a heroic fight? This is a family that is always the first to step up & help anyone who needs it. Giving so much to so many in our community & they need help now. I know it weighs so heavy on my dear friend that they could lose him if they run out of money. If I could give them what they need myself I would do it without hesitation. Help me show them this world still has love and hope. Nathaniel has become so distrusting of the world. I want to show this poor boy the world is still a good place with good people. We have the power to not let evil win this one.