Pie Pie the cat suffers from a severe case of hyperthyroidism. His mom is asking for your help to afford life-saving radioiodine therapy.
If you met Pie Pie and his owner, you would love them. This New York cat’s owner says, “Pie is a loving kitty who I like to say is more human than anything. His eyes connect with you instantly!” You can imagine her heartache as she witnessed Pie Pie’s sudden decline in health.
Pie Pie has been fighting hyperthyroidism for about a year. He’s been treated with medication, but the medication is not a long-term solution for him. On the medication, he’s been losing weight and suffers from nausea and diarrhea. Life-threatening dehydration has been a problem, with his mom nursing him back to health. As troubling as this all is, the good news is that there is another option.
Pie Pie’s mom is asking for your help in raising the funds to get Pie Pie radioiodine therapy. The therapy consists of a Radioactive Iodine shot and a hospital stay. The iodine is absorbed quickly into the cat's bloodstream and the diseased thyroid tissue. Once in the thyroid, it destroys the overactive portions of the thyroid gland. After that Pie Pie’s thyroid problems will be gone. (I’m told he will not get superpowers from the radioactive iodine, but I’m still hopeful.)
Pie Pie’s mom can’t afford the treatment because she is on permanent disability. Her own attempts at starting a GoFundMe failed. Today she reaches out to you.
Pie Pie’s treatment can’t be scheduled until August, because the unique procedure is only offered in her city during certain times of the year. Please donate today so that Pie Pie and his owner don't have to wait for the next opportunity.
The procedure can cost up to $2500. Every single donation helps and means the world to Pie Pie and his mom! Please donate today.
TW: Pet loss.
On Friday morning, Pie Pie was looking good. He seemed to be improving and I truly believed that by Monday we would have an official diagnosis and he'd be home with his mom. Sometimes animals and humans have a special connection and Pie Pie's mom kept talking as though she thought he was dying. Looking at the facts of the case and the doctor's report, I thought she was just being an extra worried mom. I see now that she knew something no one else did. On Friday night, she had a knot in her heart and she went to visit Pie. In a matter of hours, he had plummeted downhill. Despite the IV fluids, medications, and special diet, he just wasn't getting what he needed. Pie Pie's mom held him and comforted him in the final hours of his life.
Looking back at the past week, I believe that Pie Pie was ready to go all along. He was saying goodbye to his mom. He was an elderly cat, and while he seemed healthy in many other ways, it was just his time.
Pie Pie was an incredibly intelligent cat. His existence as a male calico cat was so rare. He found his mom when he was seeking shelter from a snowstorm as a stray cat. He snuck into a restaurant where his human mom worked. She kept him a secret until she finished her shift and took him home. They enjoyed 14 beautiful years together, with a very special bond. This loss is incredibly hard on his mom. How do you say goodbye to your best friend?
Please send your prayers and love to Pie Pie over the rainbow bridge and his mom, who is heartbroken here on Earth.
Thank you all for rooting for and supporting Pie Pie in what turned out to be the last days fo his life. Every hour was a gift from you to Pie Pie and his mom. Losing a pet is always difficult, but we can all take solace in the fact that Pie Pie and his mom were together in those final hours. When Pie Pie left this world, his mom knew she had done everything possible to save him. That comfort is priceless.
Hugs of comfort to all of you.
Be warned, we are going to talk about poop. Pie Pie is seemingly improving in most ways. He is eating and energetic, and most test results are back with good results. But, he keeps having watery diarrhea, as though he isn't absorbing any nutrients from his food. This consistent problem creates an ongoing concern for dehydration. Therefore, he can't leave the hospital yet and needs to be on an IV. He may prove to have EPI, which is a lack of digestive enzymes. That test isn't back yet. He is on a cocktail of medications to try and control his bowels so that he can be taken off of IV and sent home. His mom is very worried about him. She is concerned that he may need to be humanely euthanized if this problem cannot be solved, but I've assured her that we aren't there yet. The veterinarian is optimistic and so are we. We are waiting on test results and giving the medicine time to work. Telling a loving mom not to worry is like telling the world to stop turning. She is SO THANKFUL for your help.
It's only because of caring donors like you, that Pie Pie has a fighting chance. Please keep sending love and donate what you can when you can.
For The Love of Alex Inc is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides emergency funding for urgent and lifesaving care of pets of low-income families.