In June of 2011, when they were just three months old, Rios was abandoned with his brothers, Darwin and Aramis. All three were old souls, and didn't act like the rest of the little kittens in our kitten room. In October, at just seven months old, all three were moved into an adult colony, where they became friendlier and more active. Darwin and Aramis were both adopted, but before they left, we noticed Rios was breathing very noisily- wheezing, snorting, and straining- and pretty constantly. After a battery of tests and treatments, it was concluded that Rios has a significant narrowing of the nasopharyngeal region, or nasopharyngeal stenosis. It is possible that as Rios grew, his airways did not, impairing his ability to breathe comfortably. While he is not in pain, this obviously impacts every day of his life.
Rios has become a curious, excitable, playful young guy. He loves wand toys, other cats, and anything he can chase! But he doesn't know when to stop playing, and he can't physically handle as much activity as he wants. Rios needs corrective surgery in order to breathe normally.
The procedure very expensive, and we're reaching out to you to help us cover Rios' surgery. All we want is for this lively sweetheart of a cat to live a normal life, filled with all the playtime and chase he could possibly want. We're looking to raise at least $2000 for his surgery. We are so grateful for any contribution from anyone who wants to be part of his recovery, and will happily post updates on his progress. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, and helping us provide the very best care to cats like Rios.
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