Southern California Siamese Rescue rescued Hadley from a high kill shelter in in December, 2017. She had been adopted and returned to the shelter for being sick with a URI (upper respiratory infection).
Once in foster care at SoCSR, Hadley seemed to recover from her URI, but then it came back. At one point foster mom had to syringe feed her because she was not eating. When cats and kittens can’t smell, they don’t want to eat.
Hadley’s breathing continued to be restricted and foster mom noticed her making ‘snorkeling’ sounds in her attempts to breathe. It was time for a vet visit. The vet suggested a CT image be done so we could actually see what was going on in her nasal passage. The CT was done in the beginning of January. Hadley was a trooper and breezed through the procedure. The CT showed an obstruction in what should be an open space past the end of her nasal passage. It was suggested that Hadley be given time to grow a little bit so it would be easier to do the procedure to remove the polyp.
Hadley has seen a specialist again and it appears that the polyp has grown since the CT image was done. Her breathing is getting more difficult for her, she mostly breathes with her mouth open, and she can’t shake the URI which is likely due to the polyp. Surgery has been scheduled for Monday, February 26. Without the surgery, her chances of survival are not good. At only five months old, Hadley deserves a chance to live a full life.
The surgery is a bit complicated. The surgeon will go in through the inside of the roof of her mouth. Hadley will be hospitalized for two to three days after the surgery so she can be monitored. Since there will be stitches in the roof of her mouth, she will need a temporary feeding tube.
Most of us take breathing for granted – it is something a healthy body does automatically, without thought. Please keep Hadley in your thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery so she too can breathe without effort.
We are hoping you will consider donating to help us with the cost of the surgery. The low end estimate we received is $3,548.67 and the high end $4,379.41.
No donation is too small!
Donations are tax deductible.