Beauty is More Than Skin Deep: Meet Princess Pillsbury
By FieldHaven Feline Center
Meet Princess Pillsbury and Help Us Reach our Goal of Raising $40,000 During Big Day of Giving
One cold day in February, Dr. Heather Kennedy received a call at FieldHaven from Best Friends Animal Society, which has a community cat program in Stanislaus County. They had received a community cat with an extreme case of cryptococcus, a very serious systemic fungal infection. Most likely infected due to exposure to pigeon droppings while living in the community, she had severe swelling (We will spare you the photos when she first came to us.)
A cat with such an extreme infection would normally be euthanized, but this sweet kitty rubbed up against her rescuers and began “making biscuits” on them. She didn’t seem to be in acute distress and definitely had a will to live. Best Friends asked if FieldHaven would take on her care. Once Dr. Kennedy met the newly named Princess Pillsbury, the answer was “Yes!”
Because her face was so swollen and her respiratory system infected, Princess Pillsbury couldn’t smell and lost the desire to eat. Dr. Kennedy placed a feeding tube in so the Princess can receive food and her medication several times a day. Dr. Kennedy has been consulting with the world’s leading expert on cryptococcus, Dr. Rickard Malik, from the University of Sydney in Australia, on Princess Pillsbury’s case. With their care, this kitty has made leaps and bounds in her recovery and has shown a little sass along with her sweet side. We expect the swelling to completely subside as the anti-fungal medication does its work.
Now that she receives medication only twice per day, Princess Pillsbury has relocated from the shelter, where she was under constant observation, to Dr. Kennedy’s home. You can see her perched on her favorite pillow on Dr. Kennedy’s couch. Watch the video below and you can’t help but fall in love with this beautiful princess.
Only because of supporters like you can FieldHaven spend the time and money necessary to give this deserving kitty the chance to live a happy and healthy life with a new family. She has a long way to go yet in her recovery, but we are confident that she will be adoptable and will make a wonderful addition to someone’s home. Who wouldn’t want to adopt a princess?
Thanks to generous FieldHaven supporters, any donation you make now through May 2nd on the Big Day of Giving website will be matched up to $17,500! The kitties and all of us humans who love them extend our gratitude to Mark M. Glickman for his donation of $10,000, Kim Fox-Yoder and Family for their donation of $5,000, and Barry and Karen Richards for their donation of $2,500 made in honor of all the cats they have loved.
Schedule your donation now to ensure it receives matching funds. You won’t be charged until May 2nd. Please help FieldHaven reach its fundraising goal of $40,000 during this year’s Big Dog!