We adopted our two-year-old cat, Binx, on June 11, 2021. The second we had him in our arms he was safe and home. It was instant love! He was immediately chatty, and his personality was so sweet. A few days after we noticed that he started to become extremely lethargic. He was so quiet all the sudden and his nature started to change drastically.
The morning of July 1, we woke up to an almost blind cat overnight with a severe head tilt. We had taken him to the vet about four times prior to this emergency room visit. He was rushed to the emergency room and misdiagnosed with pneumonia. The antibiotics were keeping him alive, but he was not living.
Then, on the morning of September 21, Binx was extremely ataxic. Unable to use the litter on his own, stand up, or even walk. He fell over the entire time he tried to get up. The thing is…he kept trying to get up. No matter how hard he was falling. We took him back to the emergency room and received notice that there was basically no more tests, medications, or procedures that could be done for Binx. We simply needed to make him comfortable until the end of life.
Diagnosis Date: October 7, 2021
FIP Type: Neuro/Ocular
Treatment Completion Date: January 10, 2022
Cure Date: April 10, 2022
Caregiver(s): Caitlin Gustafson & Lane Kiracofe
Veterinarian(s): Douglas Vet
Devastated, we took to social media and networking connections. After reaching out to numerous holistic vets we were understandably left empty handed. A little defeated we were unsure of where to turn to, but we knew he wanted to stay alive. He kept fighting every single day still. When we adopted him, he had a large scar from when he was hit by a car and had leg surgery. We felt that we needed to give him a fighting chance at life since he has already fought so hard. This is where FieldHaven Feline Center stepped in and helped us in the most unimaginable ways. FieldHaven took us under their wing when we needed it the most. They not only helped establish a diagnosis for Binx, which is FIP, but they guided us to an entire community that swarmed us to help. FieldHaven absolutely is living up to their mission statement, “engaging and empowering communities to ensure every cat has a safe place to live” and beyond.
Binx’s diagnosis was heartbreaking – at first. FieldHaven took us by the hand and started our journey for his treatment immediately after seeing the condition he was in. What started out as a death sentence with the diagnoses of FIP quickly became a massive movement of support from the community.
Binx is doing remarkable on his treatment plan. He dancing to his favorite song, “Dancing Queen” in the kitchen once again! He can use the litter box on his own, stand, and walk. He has not fallen over in almost two weeks. We are so happy to see our boy get better and truly start to enjoy life again. We cannot thank the community and FieldHaven enough!
Update – 12/4/21: Binx is currently on day 58 of his 87-day FIP treatment. Today, we are proud cat parents of a loving, hilarious, independent, vivacious, and energetic cat. His fur has completely changed. It is now full and beautiful to the point he now needs to be brushed out. Binx is enjoying playing with his dog-sibling, Stella. Together, they eat, both sit for treats, and their ultimate favorite activity is to chase the tennis ball. Binx’s eyes are back to his gorgeous green that we fell in love with the first day we got him. We are so in love with Binx and cannot believe his everyday improvement. There hasn’t been a day that has gone by since we started treatment that we haven’t noticed a positive change.
Update – 2/22/22:Binx is doing absolutely amazing! Our household has unfortunately been very sick with Covid-19 which has halted the process of getting his final blood work completed. The last time he saw the vet he was given a glowing review of health. Binx is incredible. His personality is shining every single day – nobody would have ever guessed he was as sick as he was! Binx enjoys going on walks with us as a family, sitting on the dashboard in drive-thrus, and playing fetch alongside our dog, Stella. Binx has also turned into quite the cuddle bug. Every day we are brought to tears from laughter due to the funny he is. Some days while going through camera roll memories we are brought to tears when we come across a photo of how sick he was. His beautiful eyes are an even brighter green than when we first adopted him. Lane and I are also grateful for every single person that has helped us both monetary and emotionally. We truly do not have words to say thank you enough.
“Without FieldHaven, Binx would not be alive today. They helped guide us when we were completely lost with nowhere to turn. Not only did FieldHaven provide us with direction, but they also gave us hope. We came to them with broken hearts and empty bank accounts with stacking debt. FieldHaven didn’t hesitate to take us in and help with funding. Lane and I could never be more thankful for what FieldHaven did for us. Through very late-night texts with updates to last minute blood work FieldHaven stood by our side through this very emotional event with Binx. Binx is thriving in his current state. While we are still getting around to scheduling his next round of bloodwork the difference in personality and appearance is astounding. Thank you for all that you have done, FieldHaven! Because of your organization we have our kitty back, and Stella has her furry best friend back.”