Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight is seeking help finding a new home for Felix – and raising funds for his veterinary care.
Like many of us, an all black cat named Felix had a rough year of grief and illness, but now he’s recovering, enjoying life again and waiting to find a home of his own.
12-year-old Felix had a year that many will empathize with – his beloved owner died, he had to move out of his house, and to make matters worse, he was diagnosed with a serious thyroid problem that required surgery.
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When Felix came into the care of Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight Adoption Center in September, he was constantly hungry, extremely thirsty, very noisy and often restless. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, a disease caused by an overactive thyroid gland in the neck. Felix needed medication and ongoing veterinary care for a few weeks to stabilize the condition before he was well enough to have an operation and have his thyroid removed.
Felix is recovering well and although there is a chance the disease will recur, his prognosis is good and he can look forward to a normal life with regular blood tests to make sure he remains in excellent health.
Manager Mel Read says:
“As you can imagine, such an operation can cost the center a significant amount, in this case more than £ 500. As a charity, we don’t receive any government funding, so we rely solely on donations from friendly supporters to ensure cats like Felix have the best chances in life.
“Felix can look forward to a happy life and we are now trying to offer him a loving new home. Even though he’s a little older, he still has a nice playful series that we’ve seen more of when he felt better. His favorite toy is the feather stick, which he likes to pounce, hunt and catch.
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“We would like to thank our supporters who have already started donating to Felix’s appeal, and every penny really helps. As a charity, we took in over 20,000 cats nationwide during the pandemic, many of which, like Felix, needed veterinary help. As you can imagine, costs are rising rapidly and so any funds raised beyond the goal will be used to help other cats and kittens that are being cared for here at the center. “
Cats Protection introduced Covid-safe Hands-Free Homing in response to coronavirus restrictions that allow cats like Felix to be compared to new owners who have seen their profiles online, similar to online dating.
Once a match has taken place for Felix, staff and volunteers will conduct a series of welfare checks before he is moved to his new home. Its new owner receives regular follow-up calls to make sure he’s settled in well.
Anyone wishing to donate for Felix medical expenses can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iowfelixvetappeal
To offer Felix a home or for more information on the work of Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight Adoption Center, visit www.cats.org.uk/isleofwight or call 03000 120 251.