Ritsie’s Tip Jar

This listing is to help with my 16 year old cat Ritsie’s vet bills.

This is not a product, this is just an option for you to donate if you choose to.

Donations are of course not required, but greatly appreciated!

Read the description for more information on his health and vet bills.

Update May 2024:
Sadly my dear Ritsie passed away on 30th April 2024 due to kidney failure. It happened so suddenly – he had his big check-up with an ultrasound and blood tests on 23rd April and everything was looking great, but unfortunately on the evening 26th April he suddenly got very sick and weak. We took him to the vet as soon as we were able to the next morning and they were hopeful that he would pull through. After two days with no improvement they did some further tests and found that there was a calcium stone blocking his ureter and the only options were to put him through an extremely painful surgery that he most likely would not survive, or to have him put to sleep. We had to make the difficult choice to end his pain and I held him in my arms until the very end. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed his updates and journey over the last two years. I will leave this listing online until my webshop temporarily closes on 10th May in case you would like to still donate to help cover the 1500 vet bill from his final days.


Update March 2023:

Overall Ritsie is doing very well. He has been a lot more playful and cuddly lately, so we can tell that he feels a lot better. At his checkup in January, he had gained 1kg so was almost back to his usual healthy weight, but at his checkup in March he had lost almost half of that. They did the full check-up (blood & ultrasound) and the results showed that he is still anaemic, but the tumour is stable. His next check-up is on Monday 12th June.

Ritsie’s health history:

In June 2022 he started vomiting without explanation. Each time he was put on medication it would stop and then start again. In July 2022 he went to an oncologist due to a suspected tumor. In August 2022 he was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor in his duodenum that they were unable to remove during the surgery due to its location. He nearly lost his life due to complications following surgery but made a miracle recovery. A month later he started his cancer treatment (corticosteroids). He has been responding well to the treatment and the tumor is getting smaller. Unfortunately in November 2022, as a result of his compromised immune system from the corticosteroids, he contracted an infection in his intestine and pancreas.

His vet bills since July 2022 amount to over 4000 euros.


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