Have compassion for Cocopops, family pleads

2015-06-19 20:20
(Zahnie Harris)

(Zahnie Harris)

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Cape Town - It is not good news for rescue kitten Cocopops who may only have a few months left, thanks to an aggressive oral cancer. However, her family has vowed to continue looking for a miracle cure for as long as she is not in pain.

Volksrust photographer Zahnie Harris on Friday said she was aware that some people had wondered why the story of her daughter’s kitten was newsworthy.

“Animals haven’t got a voice. They need to somebody to speak up and care for them,” said the mother to seven other rescue pets.

“We consider our animals as kids and brought up our kids in the same way. It’s a commitment you make. We are very lucky there are still positive people who have compassion with animals. It helps in a way.”

Her 17-year-old daughter Suné, who lives with her sister in Heidelberg, Gauteng, rescued the kitten from her school a few months ago. A vet discovered a feline inductive odontogenic tumour. The family had pinned its hopes on radiation, but were devastated after consulting specialist Dr Georgina Crewe.

“These tumours are extremely rare. There is no data available on anyone who has had any success anywhere in the world as far as chemotherapy or radiation therapy is concerned,” veterinarian Dr Johan Swanepoel said.

“It is going to happen at some stage, the animal will have to be euthanised. Although that is the most difficult decision to make, it’s also the most unselfish.”

Swanepoel said nobody could predict these things and the kitten could live for a few months or a few years.

For now, the kitten was eating well, playing with her family and getting up to mischief. Harris was looking for a second and perhaps third opinion, as well as reaching out to various Facebook groups in the hope that someone might have more information.

Meanwhile, the Harris house was ruled by Boerbull Boela, Bellaboo, Blossom and Bubbles the Daschunds, Butler the Pekinese, and cats Buskuit and Theodore. There was not much space left in the bed for her husband, but he was supportive, Harris laughed.

The animals were between three and 11 years old and had their own rescue stories.

“I would rather buy their food and care for them before I would make a hair or nail appointment. It’s about looking after them first,” Harris said.

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