Some of the cats that come through our doors are sadly those that have a very limited lifespan, because they have a terminal condition, or are very old.  As we don't want these cats to spend any more of the precious time they have left in our cattery we put them into 'fospice', that is hospice care with one of our foster carers. For as long as they have a quality of life - due to their age or illness - we know that being with our loving foster carers is the best place for them to spend their last days. Please help us to cover the costs of our fospice cats' medical treatment and care. It really will make a huge difference to their lives. Meet our current Fospice cats. 

Igor

Tabby cat at Yorkshire Cat Rescue
Igor has been in fospice since he came in from the streets. He had no home and wasn't in the best condition when he arrived. Igor could also be quite aloof, but he did have a soft side to him. We knew his aloofness would make him hard to home and being a senior gent with creaky bones and not so good kidneys we wanted him to have the comfort of fospice care.  Igor gives us regular updates about his life as a cat in permanent foster and you can read about his exploits here. Igor has had all his very bad teeth removed and blood tests. He is on a special kidney diet and joint medicine and anti- inflammatory drugs for his arthritis. He will be on these for life. Monthly costs for Igors special diet and medication are approximately £100. 

Bertie Bassett

Bertie was living as a street cat. Again like Igor he had no home and nowhere to go. Thankfully his charms meant he didn't go hungry and had a regular friend who always had a food parcel for him. After five years of keeping an eye on him she noticed he wasn't his usual self so found him a place in our rescue.  Bertie's liver isn't working well.  We don't know if he has liver failure because he is old or if he has cancer. Sadly we cannot do anything to cure him, only care for him whilst he remains happy and comfortable. Bertie has regular vitamin B12 shots, supplements and good food to help keep him bright. This costs YCR approximately £100 a month After a difficult life as a street cat Bertie is absolutely delighted to be part of a family and part of the family is definitely what he is now! Here is a little update from his family - it really is a joy to read.

Cricket

Poorly cat at Yorkshire Cat Rescue
Cricket came to us when his owner died. She had other cats and they all arrived healthy and with medical histories, it appeared she was a kind lady that took in a number of waifs and strays throughout her life. Cricket though was not healthy, he arrived with more matted fur than body, weighing under 2 kg, almost half what he should be. He was also terrified, with a snotty nose and terrible teeth. It's probable that he was the last cat she took in and then became too ill to care for him. His lack of appetite would have also meant he missed out on the food the solicitors were putting out while they found a place for the cats. We didn't think he would make it through his first night. This was spent at one of our vets who became his temporary foster carer as he needed a feeding tube to get better. His weight gained enough for a major dental. Sadly for Cricket starvation puts a toll on a cat's kidneys as does being under anaesthetic for a long time. His kidney function is such that he isn't going to have long but for now he is gaining pounds (and learning german!) in his fospice home. He has already run up a bill at the vets as they worked hard to get him comfortable. As with our other cats with renal failure a special diet and supplements costs us approximately £100 a month.

We hope all our fospice cats have many more happy times in their foster homes and we at YCR are committed to their care until it is the right time to say goodbye.  The love and comfort our fospice foster carers give to these cats is priceless and we are happy to pay for everything that they need. It is a small part of what we do as a re-homing centre, but it means so much to these very special cats.  Your help with this appeal will help us care for them and mean we can continue to do this for other cats in the future. Thank you and big purrs from Igor, Bertie, Chloe & Cricket. xxx

Please support us with a donation, or if you can afford it, please donate monthly so that we will have the funds to care for our fospice babies.
Thank you