The BCSPCA is raising funds for Jo, a short-haired black and white cat who is suffering from a urinary tract infection. (Photo submitted by BCSPCA)

BC SPCA fundraising for sick Prince Rupert kitty

Jo’s surgery, medication, vaccinations will cost approximately $1,820

The BC SPCA has set up a medical emergency fund for Jo, a kind, loving and gentle cat.

“Jo has been back at the SPCA for about a month and while he was in his home, he developed some kind of urinary tract infection. The people in his home started to notice that he was urinating outside his litter box and had some blood tinged urine,” said Amy Stacey, branch manager at the Prince Rupert BC SPCA.

The BC SPCA aims to raise $1,820 to pay for Jo’s surgery, medication, vaccinations, regular health check and additional care for him, until he is ready for adoption.

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A total of $625 has been raised through the BC SPCA’s website.

Jo, a domestic short hair, black and white cat came to the BC SPCA from a Telkwa home of over 20 cats. Stacey said Jo was initially very shy but with behaviour modification, he has become more social and now is a “little love bug.”

“We have been monitoring his urine for a couple of weeks and we take a sample once a week to see if he is improving. We are still not a 100 percent sure what is causing the issue. However, with the pain medication and injections he has been improving,” Stacey added.

He has been receiving an injection for the past three weeks and is being given pain medication as well. Even though he has two more shots left, there is no blood tinge in his urine and things are getting better for Jo, and he seems happier, said Stacey.

People who want to help can make a money or food donation. Due to his condition, Jo is on a special diet of Royal Canin Urinary Wet Food, Stacey said, adding that donating food would help to manage costs as well.

In terms of adoption, Stacey said that if someone was interested in Jo, the BC SPCA would continue to monitor his health while transitioning him to his new home.

“We would do a foster [arrangement] to adopt at first until we knew for sure that he was fully on the mend. We wouldn’t expect someone to walk in and take on all of this, right off the bat. We would definitely work with them,” she said.

“I think anyone who comes to meet Jo is really going to be attracted to his personality… When you meet him, you will fall head over heels all over him. He is beautiful and has a really cute personality.”

READ MORE: Prince Rupert SPCA needs more donations

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