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Oscar – making the most of life

Hi, I’m Oscar, a delightful boy with a poorly heart.

Me, and my sister Taya, were found by Animal Accident Rescue Unit when we were just a few days old with our mother and litter mates. Sadly, five of our siblings died but with the dedication of our mum and lovely fosterer, who bottle fed us when there wasn’t enough milk to go round, we survived. Once we were weaned, our mum was adopted.

At our eight week check up the vet noticed we had serious problems with our hearts. Although our mum was healthy, the vet thought it was something she had picked up when pregnant and passed it onto her kittens.

We had scans to check the extent of the problem and found that Taya had the more serious problem out of the two of us. We were both given a much reduced life expectancy than normal cats so we became permanent foster cats with the Charity.

Following the diagnosis, we had lots of scans to check how we are doing. Taya was initially given a life expectancy of 18 months and lived until she was four and a half years old thanks to the care she received. I’m doing ok at the moment but will likely need further scans and medication in the future.

Our fosterer described Taya as behaving like a much older cat who slept a lot. She said: “Taya will be sadly missed, she was a very happy little cat despite her problems.”

While our fosterer says I behave much more like a normal cat. She adds: “Oscar’s a loveable rogue, who steals food off your plate when you’re not looking! He’s is a cheeky chappie despite being physically malformed with his bottom teeth sticking out. We call him our little walrus!”

The Animal Accident Rescue Unit has a lifelong commitment to the animals it rescues. This means cats that aren’t able to be rehomed due to medical conditions, are cared for by the Charity’s network of fosterers for the rest of their lives, with the Charity providing financial support.

“This cat is not available for adoption due to their health issues but you can donate to help Animal Accident Rescue Unit to cover the cost of vets bills, regular medication and food.

“The Charity has a life long commitment to the animals it rescues, which can be very costly especially for those with complex medical conditions. As we take in more cats with long-term health problems that prevent them being available for general adoption we have to rely on our network of caring permanent cat fosterers to give these cats the love and attention they deserve.

“To donate, please visit our website: http://www.animalaccident.org.uk/donate/