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. 

Mo

Tortie old cat at Yorkshire Cat Rescue
Boris, Mo and her sister Elsie all came to us when their owner died. We homed the very close Elsie and Mo together and Boris as a single cat.  All cats went to elderly owners who loved them very much.  In a heartbreaking turn of events all three cats outlived their adopters.  Elsie and Mo came back to us as elderly cats themselves and then we found out that Mo had thyroid problems. We couldn't split up the very close Elsie and Mo and as an elderly duo we struggled to find a new home until we were able to find them fospice care together. Sadly Elsie ended up passing away first in 2017 with a mass on her liver.  Mo and her foster carer comforted each other after this tragic loss.  In 2020 who should turn up with us but Boris! The elderly Boris was a more confident gentleman than we remembered but it turned out that he too had a hyperthyroid condition and a brain lesion. We asked Mo's foster carer if she would consider fostering him too and we were delighted when she said yes.  We don't know if they remembered each other, but Moris and Bo were very close friends. Boris recently passed over the bridge, he had a peaceful death surrounded by love. Mo remains in fospice, safe, loved and cared for. Mo needs lifelong medication to control her hyperthyroid conditions and blood tests to make sure its the correct dose. Her medicine costs YCR approximately £45 per month. Their foster mummy has written something about the time she spent with them all and you can read this here. 

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.

Chloe

Black cat at Yorkshire Cat RescueChloe came to us back in 2016 when her owner became unable to care for her because of dementia. We homed Chloe but sadly her new owner was also elderly and when she was finding it a struggle to care for her she came back to us. She arrived to us out of sorts and scared so we put her with one of our foster carers who understands scaredy cats. When she came out of her shell we sent her to our vet, as an older cat we gave her a blood test to see how well she was holding up and found out she was in late stage kidney failure. Although Chloe was originally only going to be fostered until she was ready for a new home, when she needed to go into fospice her foster carer decided he couldn't break the bond they had formed. You can read more about this bond and what Chloe is like here. As with our other 'kidney cats' Chloe needs special food and supplements to keep her healthy which costs YCR about £100 per month.

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, Mo & Bertie. 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.
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