By Annabelle (as told by Ann)
I’d like to take this op-purrr-tunity to introduce myself. I’m Annabelle. When I came to live with my foster family, I was disheveled and smelly. My foster family noticed right away that I did not hear things, I had a head tilt, and my left eye had some scar tissue. My friends at FieldHaven had their suspicions and routine blood tests confirmed them: I had Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). We began FIP treatments on December 22, 2021. While I don’t like these treatments, I know they’re working! I have a lot more energy and I am beginning to hear some of the world around me. I have discovered the joys of mesh tube toys and can keep up with the other felines that inhabit my foster’s home. Napping on human laps is of course fun, but so is helping the humans type on their computer keyboard “23kop-0oq1.;2.” Thanks to my treatment, I am not shy like the early days, when everything surprised me.
Now, I can hear my people and fellow felines coming and I am ready to pounce. While my head tilt is still present, my foster family says it is an endearing look that makes them giggle. I am not a jumper or a serious climber. I will climb up a cat tree, into a lap or up on the couch, but you won’t find me on the counter, table, or fridge like some of my housemates. I do love being around people and will often cry when I find myself alone in a room. I look forward to completing my treatments on March 16 and cuddling and playing my days away like any other normal kitty, all thanks to the great people at FieldHaven who believe in me!
Diagnosis Date: December 22, 2021
FIP Type: Neuro
Treatment Completion Date: March 16, 2022
Cure Date: June 8, 2022
Source: Olivehurst hoarding
Caregiver(s): Ann & Brian Weitzel
Veterinarian(s): Dr. Alex Rensing, DVM (FieldHaven Feline Center)
Note: Annabelle has an eye injury
“Little sweet Annabelle came to us weighing just over 3 pounds with a noticeable head tilt, cloudy left eye, and completely deaf. She would fall over to one side if she moved too fast and jumping up even the shortest of heights was impossible. Now, after 74 days of treatment (yay, 10 days left before we enter the observation phase!) she is almost 6 pounds, has regained much of her hearing, and can often be found darting around, springing up and down furniture while in hot pursuit of the other resident kitties. Even though we have been inflicting her with daily painful injections, she doesn’t hold it against us humans. She must know it’s all for a good cause, to save her life. Annabelle is the biggest sweetheart, happiest when cuddling on a lap during the day and a fan of sleeping right by her human’s head at night. We are amazed by the successes of this FIP journey and so thankful that FieldHaven has taken on the challenge to help.”