Wild Love 2021 Is Coming

Mona LIsa, our Wild Love Sweetheart
Vintage liquid silver necklace and earrings

Not even a global pandemic could stop us from holding our annual Wild Love Celebration (although it did slow us down a bit). This year’s Wild Love sweetheart is Mona Lisa. One of our foster cats, Mona Lisa is extremely affectionate, demanding attention from all our volunteers, which is highly appropriate for a Wild Love Sweetheart.

As with previous years, anyone donating $35 or more to Fabulous Felines between January 1 and March 15 (we extended the deadline this year) will be entered in the drawing for our Wild Love Celebration package.

Because the pandemic has slowed us down, we are still assembling the gift package, but we do know it will include a gift card for a romantic dinner by Farina Alto (good for takeout during Covid, or you can wait for the vaccine and eat in their beautiful dining room). We will also include candy, and something for our furry valentines. In addition, it will include this vintage liquid silver necklace and earring set. Watch this site for more prizes!

We also want to thank our sponsors from the business world: The Law Firm of Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman, and Sale, PC, Practical Tales Publishing, and VCA Wyoming. We want to thank them for their kind support, and hope you will patronize these businesses. And when you do, please mention Fabulous Felines! So please stay healthy and safe, and join us for Wild Love (after all, it is virtual, and Covid safe).

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Winter Fund Drive

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a prolonged, debilitating effect on our fundraising efforts, just as it has had on the finances of so many businesses and charities. Because of the risk of infection, we have not been able to gather together in events such as our lecture series, or public fundraisers. Thankfully, we have had the resources needed to continue with our core projects including Project Apollo and the Foster house, but unusually high veterinary expenses are depleting our funds. We hope you will consider a donation to Fabulous Felines in your end-of-year giving plans.

Sweet Bijoux

Because we have an older population of cats in our Foster House, we are faced with increasing health issues. So far this year, we have had over $13,000 in veterinary expenses. Sadly, we lost three beautiful animals, Astrid, Gus, and Bijoux in spite of our efforts to restore them to health. However, thanks to your generosity, we have had a number of successes.

After receiving treatment for a thyroid condition, Thumbalina has returned to loving catnip, food, and sleeping in a bed with her friend Gem. She is Miss December on our 2021 calendar.

We noticed Ares was loosing weight, and the vet diagnosed him as having GI tract inflammation and placed on a steroid-based medicine that must be delivered daily.

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Do Your Holiday Shopping with Fabulous Felines!

Like most charities and businesses, Fabulous Felines is struggling to make ends meet during the Coronavirus lockdowns, but there is a terrific way to help us and get an early start on your Holiday shopping. Thanks to our friends at Pet-Vet Market, we are selling some lovely items that would make wonderful gifts for any cat lover—either for the Holidays or just to bring some joy in a stressful time. Just go to Pet Vet on Montgomery and Juan Tabo, and look for the Fabulous Felines table. Sale items include:

The 2021 Fabulous Felines Calendar features images of the beautiful cats who live in our Foster house, or who have been helped by us. These images will remind any cat lover why we are so fond of these remarkable animals. Each calendar is $15.

Like most of our volunteers, Jeana and Pat are not only talented but also are incredibly generous with their abilities. They have made and donated a number of beautiful, soft kitty beds that sell for $10, $12, or $15 depending on their size. Jeana also makes cloth ornaments that will be perfect for Holiday decorating ($15).

We hope you will swing by Pet-Vet Market on Montgomery to check out our holiday items, and their selection of high-quality pet food, toys, and supplies. While you are there, don’t forget to mention Fabulous Felines.

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Coming Soon: Fabulous Felines 2021 Calendar

Perhaps it is our way of surviving COVID Lockdown, or maybe we’re just giving in to the flood of terrific cat pictures we’ve been receiving lately, but we have decided to create a 2021 calendar featuring pictures of the cats at the foster house. We’ll be receiving the first batch of calendars in a week or so and will let you know how you can get your copy.

When we started the project, we asked our volunteers to send us their favorite pictures of the foster house cats, and we were stunned by the response. Not only did we receive way more pictures than we could use, but also the quality of all of them was stunning.

In the end, we wound up selecting photos on the basis of resolution (we need high res for the printer), and whether we could crop them to the necessary aspect ratio. So, stay tuned for the calendar release. In the meantime, here are some of the pictures that will not be in the calendar (click on a thumbnail to see the original image). All of them are wonderful pictures of beautiful animals.

Why are cats so darned photogenic?

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Saying Goodbye to Astrid: From Wild Child to Foster House Favorite

Astrid. Image by Ann G.

Astrid started out in the colony we support through our Project Apollo.  She and her brother, Gus, came to us as young cats, perhaps 8 months old.  Initially wild and afraid of people, they became calm and relaxed at the foster house, enjoying the company of the other cats and our volunteers.  

At 15 years she grew thin and we discovered that her thyroid levels were way off.  The recommended treatment for hyperthyroidism is a Radioactive Iodine 131 treatment.  We used this for two other kitties at the foster house and it worked well for them.  Unfortunately, while waiting for her scheduled appointment, Astrid seemed to become thinner faster than anticipated. One morning we found her both listless and uninterested in her special wet food breakfast.  We took her to the emergency VCA clinic on Montgomery.

The vet put her on fluids and started a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause.  Hyperthyroid cats become thinner until their treatment, but they don’t usually crash.  Something else was going on.  Her testing involved extensive bloodwork, x-rays, and an ultrasound with a biopsy. The bloodwork showed high white cell counts, the x-ray suggested fluid in her chest, and a mass in her abdomen. An ultrasound with biopsy showed she had large cell lymphoma.  This meant she was no longer a candidate for the Iodine treatment.

With two serious diagnoses, both of which cause a wasting away, we had little choice. Although both illnesses were individually treatable, given her frail condition, it was unlikely she would have survived both.  She passed in the arms of a volunteer who had been caring for her and had become her friend.

After arriving at the foster house from the colony, Astrid spent the majority of her life with us in warmth and friendship.  She had plenty to eat and human friends who groomed her, played laser with her, and provided friendship. She was loved and will be missed by all.   

To learn more about the conditions and treatments in Astrid’s story, please see:

Hyperthyroidism in cats can be treated in different ways, determined by their specific diagnosis. The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine as a detailed article on hyperthyroidism in cats and its treatment.

Lymphoma in cats can be large cell or small cell.  To find out about the diagnosis and treatment for these, please see this article from North Carolina State.

Other resources include VCA Montgomery, which handled Astrid’s care, and Ann Beyke, who offers bereavement counseling after the loss of a pet to help focus on the joy we share with our furry friends.

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