Lady Cat

She’s lost half her weight, and her heart rate can get up to 250 beats per minute. Her thyroid medication is no longer working, so she needs the I-131 procedure.

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About the Campaign

Lady has lost half her weight,

she has hyperthyroidism.

Lady was a stray, one day she just wandered into Sarah’s apartment in south Los Angeles, made herself at home, and stayed there! There are stray cats in the neighborhood, and Sarah rescues them when she can, so maybe Lady just knew where to go? She fit right in and for a few years was Sarah’s friendliest rescue in the whole place.

A chunky Lady back 5 years ago:

Then at the end of 2022 Lady started acting weird, different… She would mew in an aggressive way, even howl. And she got aggressive, she was mean to Sarah and to the other cats, which she had never been before. Sarah took her to the doctor and Lady was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Her blood test showed a T4 (thyroxine) level over 8, it should have been around 1 or so. (Lady Blood Test 11.15.2022)

Today Lady is under 6 pounds!

Hyperthyroidism is caused from a benign tumor on the thyroid, which blocks it from working properly leading to excessive T4 and many dangerous health problems, from heart disease to rapid weight loss, even when eating. One effect is a much faster heartbeat. Lady’s heart rate got up over 250 beats per minute! You can see this in the video above.

The first treatment is a drug, methimazole. Lady started this and by the start of 2023 she was doing better. Her behavior went back to normal, she was happier, heart rate was not crazy, all of the good stuff. This lasted most of the year, but by the end of 2023 she was having symptoms again. She got worse for a month or so, then seemed to get better with some extra care, then worse. In April of 2024 Sarah had her back at the vet and then referred to a specialist.

There is a permanent, and very successful treatment, using radioactive iodine called I-131. No surgery is needed, just testing, administration of the iodine, and more testing. It is a speciality treatment that only a few doctors perform, but when done correctly it permanently fixes the thyroid! There is an excellent explanation of the treatment here: Video Explanation.

The downside to I-131 is the cost. The specialists, the tests necessary to get the dosage correct, and the hospitalization add up! But Lady is no longer responding to the methimazole, as a recent blood test now shows her T4 levels around 15!! (Lady Bloodtest 5.4.2024) She needs the I-131 procedure. Lady is a rescue cat, and Sarah has spent a lot on her so far. This procedure is simply out of reach financially. All donations here are only for Lady Cat, and are held by us and paid directly, and only to the vet, Dr. Broome at Advanced Veterinary Medical Imaging in Tustin, CA. Her estimate for treatment is below, please click to enlarge it:

 

 

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35 comments

  • Vincent Lorandos

    Praying that the Lord will heal her and give her back her fil health. Stay strong in the Lord.

    June 12, 2024 at 4:37 pm Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you Vincent for your generous donation! Please help spread the word about Lady Cat. Her T4 levels are not really improving on the medicine and she needs this procedure urgently.

      June 15, 2024 at 12:22 pm Reply

  • Janice Mullaly

    Praying for Lady Cat. My cat had the same thing years ago..had to go to Angell Medical in Boston as it was a new surgery. Way back in the late 60’s.

    June 12, 2024 at 5:36 pm Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you Janice for your generous contribution! Please help spread the word about Lady Cat.

      June 15, 2024 at 12:26 pm Reply

  • Tahitia Ruby

    I hope she gets her treatment taken care of

    June 12, 2024 at 5:46 pm Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you Tahitia for your generous contribution! Please help spread the word about Lady Cat!

      June 15, 2024 at 12:28 pm Reply

  • Rebecca Banos

    Lady Cat, I love you and hope you get well soon!

    June 12, 2024 at 7:08 pm Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you Becky Banos for your generous contribution, Lady cat loves you too!

      June 13, 2024 at 4:50 pm Reply

  • Tara Browner

    This used to be about $1000. Dr. Broome has really raised his prices.

    June 13, 2024 at 6:08 am Reply

  • Carolyn Bixby

    Want to help animals in need.

    June 13, 2024 at 6:58 am Reply

  • M Diane Ryan

    Prayers to Saints Francis and Gertrude for their help, support and protection

    June 13, 2024 at 7:11 am Reply

  • Lucy Guerra

    Prayers for Lady.

    June 13, 2024 at 9:36 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Praying for you,Sweetie.

    June 14, 2024 at 10:04 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Praying for you, Sweetheart

    June 14, 2024 at 10:12 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    For Little Lady’s surgery.

    June 14, 2024 at 10:21 pm Reply

  • Vincent Lorandos

    Want to see this baby get well–she deserves a chance at life!! I had a cat with hyporthyroidism, so Iunderstand your situation. Trust the Lord to give healing!!

    June 15, 2024 at 10:16 am Reply

  • Judith Provencher

    Love you baby

    June 15, 2024 at 11:06 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    I want this kitty to have a good life!

    June 15, 2024 at 6:14 pm Reply

  • carol brandt

    God bless you for what you do. 🙏🏻💓😻

    June 15, 2024 at 9:27 pm Reply

  • Patricia A Woodburn

    I’m Sara’s mother.

    June 16, 2024 at 9:20 pm Reply

  • Susan Fink

    Oh oh sweet lady. Hope this works. Wish I could do more.

    June 17, 2024 at 11:26 am Reply

  • Lois Bass

    I wish Sara’s cat, Lady, a full recovery.

    June 21, 2024 at 9:57 pm Reply

  • Nina Menkes

    Thanks for caring about this kitty! Im in the middle of moving so my life is very hectic right now, lets catch up later in the summer!

    June 23, 2024 at 12:47 pm Reply

  • Nicole Vaughn

    Prayers for Lady 🙏

    June 23, 2024 at 2:58 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give a LOT more when Bitcoin goes up a little. My trading earnings go to these cats!!

    June 28, 2024 at 2:58 pm Reply

  • David Arnson

    Kitty!💖

    July 5, 2024 at 5:40 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    I hope Lady Cat comes around! Prayers…..

    July 7, 2024 at 1:11 pm Reply

  • Rana Kazkaz

    Thinking of you ❤️

    July 8, 2024 at 7:41 am Reply

  • Darlicia Alexander

    Praying for restoration of health…

    July 8, 2024 at 11:18 am Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you so much Darlicia!

      July 10, 2024 at 2:52 pm Reply

  • Stephanie Sellars

    I’ve had 2 cats with hyperthyroidism and they’ve done well on the medication. I’m familiar with the iodine treatment as I have a friend who is getting that treatment for her cat. I love helping animals in need and the people who love them. Best wishes to Lady for a successful treatment and recovery! 😻

    July 8, 2024 at 5:39 pm Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you so much Stephanie!

      July 10, 2024 at 2:53 pm Reply

  • Anna Bellesheim

    Donated . Hope she gets the treatments she needs

    July 10, 2024 at 10:50 am Reply

    • Sara Rashad

      Thank you so much Anna!

      July 10, 2024 at 2:55 pm Reply

  • Ches

    You made it!!!! So glad she will get the treatment she needs! Let us know how it goes. I was sharing this link all around so hope it helped!

    July 11, 2024 at 2:03 pm Reply