Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk

Happy Birthday, Toby!

I cannot believe that exactly a year ago today Toby was born. Look at how huge she is now:

Toby looks EXACTLY like her mother. Both she and Ginny have the same double paws, thick necks and one front ankle bigger than the other. The only difference is Ginny's awkward back curvature from breaking it while living on the street.

And speaking of Ginny, she's certainly come a long way. Instead of avoiding eye contact when she sees me these days, she holds my gaze. Plus she also allows me to pet her back while she's eating. I can't say she loves it, but she no longer tenses up or swipes at me. :-)

On the Jeffrey front, I have received at least 30 phones calls and emails regarding the cat food recall. At this point there's not a doubt in my mind that this is what caused Jeffrey's renal failure. As I had mentioned when this first began, Jeffrey had been losing weight in the month before he got sick. This was stress induced and I believe it made him more susceptible to the poison in the food.

When Jeffrey cut back on his eating he would just go and lick the gravy from the food I'd put out. In November I fed all of the cats a variety of foods including Fancy Feast that had beef chunks in gravy. Jeffrey would lick the juice and then the rest of the cats would eat the chunks. In early December I bought Science Diet, same style. It was at that time I had bought a TON of Hairball Control dry food, so I remember buying the case of canned food from Petco. With this food Jeffrey did the same thing, except the rest of the cats didn't particularly care for the chunks of food left behind and only a couple nibbled at it, so I never bought it again.

I can't begin to express how angry I am. I am currently consulting with a lot of people, trying to figure out my recourse. The news articles say that cats are considered private property and that people who have had cats die could likely only sue for the "cost of a new cat."

But what about going after the cost of the damaged parts of my "private property?" As you all know, I have a very well-documented story, not to mention a big fat medical file filled with bills, diagnostics, treatments, etc. I charged over $10,000 on trying to determine the cause of Jeffrey's renal failure, as well as treatments. All testing ruled out the typical causes of that condition, plus he was only a year and a half old when it started, which is far too young for a cat to get sick like that.

What I'd really like to do is go after the medical expenses, plus a kidney transplant. Afterall, not only did Menu Foods' product render my "private property" defective, I cannot get my "private property" into proper working order without a "replacement part," aka- new kidney. That procedure starts at $8000, something I obviously cannot afford. I have Jeffrey's biological brother and sister, so I'm set on donors. I just need the resources to make it happen.

Anyway, I'm going to be exploring my options in the coming weeks. As for Jeffrey himself, he was doing well until about a week and a half ago. He seems to have cut his mouth, so it's causing him discomfort when eating and he's lost the weight he'd gained. I'm now having to syringe feed him 4 times a day. I'm not discouraged, however. I know there will always be ups and downs and he and I will deal with them as they come.
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