The plan was simple with Robert. He had lived the rest of his life, year after year, on the harsh outdoor of Bandung highland, so it will be ridiculous to force him, in his old age, to go into a world he had never know before. He greeted us every morning in the back alley near our home, and these days even chases me if I walked away thinking he won’t be coming.
Last week, we noticed that his tummy had become bigger. Robert had gone a long way since he started to allow us to care for him, so we thought it was part of his transformation. Aside from his tummy, his fur is cleaner, his face is brighter, and he is a lot merrier, which made him turn from old-looking cat, into a handsome gentleman in his prime time.
The days that followed, however, turned our pride and joy into worry. His tummy is bigger, and bigger and bigger. On more than one occasion, when we were able to check on that bulging tummy, we were more and more convinced that it is fluid build up.
Robert has FIP.
So for the next three days, we tried the best we could to get him home with us, so we can get him the veterinary care he needs.
His condition deteriorated rather quickly, and while he is now comfortable at home, he is not yet safe.
We all know that the majority of people in the world don’t care. Many times I voiced my lament at the irony about the ten thousand people who ‘Like’, ‘Follow’, and come to this page just to see the funny comics and rush away without the slightest compassion to see the darker side (which is the plight of unfortunate cats). We all know that every week we need USD 600 to keep everyone alive and fed, and yet today, Friday, we raised only USD 245.
But we cannot wait until the week turns anew, and see our earnings, just in case a miracle will happen, nor can we just sit here mounting cries and weeps.
We have this chance to save Robert’s life, but that chance will not be there forever. Vet clinics will be closed as the week ends, so we want to bring him to the vet NOW.
If you are part of the people who do care, please help us give Robert his chance in life. FIP is incurable; and Robert will eventually die, but with proper care and veterinary treatment, he can live a normal life for a long time.
We want to invest on that period of life and give Robert the good life he deserves. Can you help us? Will you help us?