Brain Surgery for Princess from Timaru

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$8,930 donated
Given by 215 generous donors in around 3 months

We are a small veterinary clinic team that help many pets every day and now we are asking for financial help for one of our pets.


Princess is a small domestic shorthair cat that was found at Jack's Point, Timaru in June 2020 and was brought to us at Timaru's Family Vet where she was determined to be approximately 6 months old, 645gm bodyweight and starving. It became apparent that Princess was visually impaired, struggling to judge distances and unable to jump up any great height. Princess became very attached to another stray kitten we had at the clinic who we named Pearl.

It became clear that Princess and Pearl were best friends and needed to stay together. Because of this love for each other and our love for them, we decided to keep them as our clinic kittens - often referred to as "the girls".

Princess started having seizures late in November 2020. These whole body seizures were very violent and dramatic. During these seizures Pearl would often run to Princess and be very close for the duration of the seizure then comforted her as she regained consciousness.

The seizures became more frequent and she had four seizures in one week in mid December. Due to our knowledge that seizures in cats are rare and usually trauma related we decided to have a MRI scan done on Princess's brain. This showed that Princess has a large cyst in the left side of her brain. This is likely to be something that she has been born with and is becoming larger with time, putting more and more pressure on her brain.

We have done research and found that there is a specialist surgeon in Auckland that can help Princess. This comes with a hefty cost of $10,000 - $15,000, plus the cost of getting her to Auckland.

Use of funds

Donations will be used to help with the costs associated with Princess's trip to Auckland and her brain surgery. Should there be any surplus funds, we will donate these to other animals from Timaru needing financial assistance.

Latest update

Princess returns home.  13 January 2021

Posted by: Family Vet Ltd

Princess underwent surgery at Veterinary Specialists Auckland (VSA) on Wednesday 6 January.

During this procedure she had a small area of skull removed and the cyst was drained. Some of the cystic fluid and part of the cyst wall was collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The cyst wall was stitched open so to allow any future buildup of fluid to drain through the window left in the skull and be absorbed by the overlying muscle.

As you can image for those of us that remained in Timaru, that day was a very tense one. This was relieved when we received word that surgery had gone well and Princess was in recovery. This took some time as she was kept sedated to ensure a smooth recovery and to prevent possible seizures.

Princess recovered like a true champ, she was discharged from the awesome care and attention of the VSA team a day earlier than expected!

The trip home was delayed with mechanical problems of the ferry but Princess arrived safe and sound to an excited team at Timaru's Family Vet at 6pm on Monday 11 January.

Strict instructions of rest, no playing or jumping hasn't stopped Princess - she has slotted back into life in the clinic like a dream - with perhaps more snoozing than before the surgery.

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Guest Donor on 13 Mar 2021
Wonderful you’re doing this. Go princess!
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Guest Donor on 21 Feb 2021
Cran on 02 Feb 2021
Hope Princess is continuing to make good progress in recovery ...
Beth on 31 Jan 2021
Cran on 20 Jan 2021
Hope 'Princess' is making a good recovery. It is very kind of you to give a lovely looking cat a chance at life ...

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