This Examiner article posted yesterday told the story of a cat believed to have been attacked by coyotes, but instead was shot multiple times.
Jiggles had his blood work done today at Foothills Veterinary Hospital where he's being treated in isolation. He was also tested for FIV/FeLV. Thankfully, the ELISA test came back negative for both. His blood work showed his red blood cell count is very low, and his sodium is too high.
Jiggles also registered a white blood cell count of 77,000. This is much higher than the normal 17,000 in a healthy cat, but Dr. Randall is pleased that Jiggles is fighting with everything a cat has to fight with in order to live and return to the family who loves him.
One setback is Jiggles has pneumonia from being outside in the cold and wet conditions the upstate has been experiencing the past few weeks. He's hooked up to an IV with powerful antibiotics and pain medication. The plans now are to give him at least five days to give his system time to build up enough strength for his surgery.
A disturbing conclusion as to when Jiggles was shot has also been determined, based on his overall condition. Dr. Randall believes this sweet kitty was shot between two and two and a half weeks ago. Jiggles likely didn't return home from his bathroom break because of his injury. It likely took everything he had to drag his very injured little body home.
Dr. Randall did have a bit of good news to pass along today. Jiggles was looking at a double amputation when first examined. Now plans are to remove only the lower half of the left leg and do a fusion on the right leg.
Jiggles should be able to get around fine after his surgery. If not, plans are to get him a set of kitty wheels. Cats are awesome in wheelchairs, and Jiggles will get a chair if it's determined he needs one.
A medical fundraiser has been set up at YouCaring, where $1,324 out of $3,500 has already been raised to cover the treatment and surgery needed to save his life. Please donate if you can, and share this article with cat friends on social media.
No information has come in as to who shot Jiggles. Anyone with information is asked to contact The Community Pet Project.
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