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Fuego - the world's sweetest kitten with rear leg paralysis and FIP

Fuego was surrendered to The Poppy Foundation when he was about  2 months old with severe injuries to both back legs, and an injury to his bottom teeth. We are unsure of his background before he came to us or how the injuries were caused. Fuego is unable to go to the bathroom on his own, so his bladder has to be expressed manually 5 times a day. But these injuries don't hinder Fuego's loving nature. He is the World’s SWEETEST kitten. He loves pets, snuggles and playing and is a purr machine. He wears a preemie-sized diaper during the day so that he can run around without any irritation to his little bum.


 Over the past 6 months, we have been doing daily physical therapy, bladder expression, and tons of PLAY to help Fuego live his life the same as any other cat! He loves to run, scoot, waddle, and wiggle everywhere and has bonded closely with a few other young Poppy cats. 


Our spunky, adorable, totally kissable Poppy cat, Fuego was recently diagnosed with FIP (Feline infectious peritonitis).


A few weeks ago, we started noticing that Fuego wasn’t acting like himself, he was lethargic, had a low appetite, and fluid started to accumulate in his belly. Thanks to quick intervention, we received a quick diagnosis and we are extremely hopeful for his recovery. If you’re able to help, please consider donating here:


This type of infection used to be fatal, but with the help of the global cat community, a treatment has been found! Fuego's treatment requires an injection daily for 84 days, as well as pre and post-treatment bloodwork.Fuego’s treatment and wellness exams are expensive, but we are committed to helping him recover and go on to live his absolute best life. The total estimated cost of Fuego’s treatment is about $2,000. We are humbly asking for donations to help cover the cost of Fuego’s ongoing treatment, lab work, and daily care. If you are in a position to help support Fuego’s recovery, please click here: 



The Poppy Foundation’s resident cats and board members sincerely thank you for your support, donations, and kind words. We are committed to the well-being of all of our precious cats and we will continue to update you on Fuego’s journey! 

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