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Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 03:09 PM PST

Junkyard Johnny - News and A Plea

by lizmugavero

Hi everyone. A couple of weeks ago I posted about Junkyard Johnny, our cool orange cat who was rescued from - what else - a junkyard years ago. He needed surgery on his mouth. You can read his story here and get the skinny on this awesome guy:

So, he had his surgery today. This evening we received a call from our vet with an update on Johnny. He underwent his surgery today and it was over 3 hours! Long story short and without being inappropriate by revealing our previous vet's name before finding the amazing place we go to now....the prior vet seriously screwed up Johnny's mouth. Not only was his mouth still a mess, many of the extractions that we were told had been done were not and his incisors appeared to have been broken off and the root left behind causing MAJOR infection!!! We are so upset to learn of this! On top of that due to the infection he developed a fissure in the nasal cavity causing a hole which may or may not be repaired, it has a 50% success rate or he will need to undergo an additional surgery later on. He lost all his teeth. They had two teeth that were fused to the bone and required drilling to remove and they almost had to crack his jaw  This poor fella has been in pain and we had no idea. We have extended the fundraiser until Friday as the cost is at or more than the high end estimate of $1,300. We are currently at $781 and grateful beyond words. The good news is he did well under anesthesia and he has a lot of pain medications and resting comfortably right now with vets we trust and who we know love him too. We will see him tomorrow when we bring Pumpkin for his T4 bloodwork for his thyroid and they will determine if he can come home. Please send lots of love and healing to Johnny, continue to share the page wherever you can and know how very grateful we are for your support and donations.


Daily Kos folks, I know some of you are animal lovers so I'm asking for some support for Johnny, one of our rescues.
Junkyard Johnny is a special kitty. He was rescued from a junkyard (hence the name) in Manchester, New Hampshire back in 2003 and brought to the shelter I volunteered at. Needless to say, I fell in love with him. I’m partial to orange guys anyway, but Johnny just had a face I couldn’t resist. He was docile, friendly and just happy to be in a warm house, not scrounging around for food and warmth during cold winter months.
But even though he was safe and warm, Johnny wasn’t out of the woods yet. He hadn’t been in his new home very long when he became very ill with a urinary tract blockage. He needed emergency surgery and spent nearly a week in the hospital.
When he returned home, he had a hard time readjusting and developed some behavioral problems, which seemed to be a direct result of his medical problems. I took him to my homeopathic veterinarian, who suggested a change in food and started him on some new remedies. It was a long process. He was still fighting with some of the other cats, but overall he seemed unhappy. He also developed polyps in his ears which basically closed off his ear canal. Surgery wasn’t an option, because the doctors said they would simply grow back.
So Johnny continued his homeopathy treatments. It took years, but we finally started to see some success. In 2010 he had a dental to remove some of his teeth, as well as a growth on his lip. His ear polyps stabilized, but did not disappear. His behavior problems continued.
In late 2012, we discovered the supplement ASEA, which we began giving to Johnny both internally and externally on his ears. A year later, his polyps have shrunk and the vets can finally see into his ear canal again. His behavior has improved, and he gets along with everyone now.
But he’s got one hurdle left: He needs another dental. The growth on his lip reappeared, and his remaining teeth need to be addressed. This is the last thing keeping Johnny from feeling 100 percent. Can you help him?
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Very excited to share the news that my story has been accepted in the tentatively titled anthology " Rescue Me: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes." The story will be told from Tuffy the Maine coon cat's point of view. Tuffy was a stray cat who chose our house to move into. He became a book star earlier this year as the inspiration for the cat in my book series, the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries.
A portion of the royalties benefit different local rescue groups who take care of feral and community cats. Tuffy and I are thrilled!
If you want to keep up with news about the anthology, stop by and "like" my Facebook page:

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