August 27, 2015
According to Hailey Trifiro’s update on GoFundMe, she and Mr. Cody Skeletor Bones have been vet-hopping around the Orlando, Florida, area for the past month, trying to find the one veterinarian who can help this sweet, skinny cat. For seven years, Cody lived on the street in Ms. Trifiro’s neighborhood, one of many that belonged to a nearby hoarder. Though extremely friendly, he was also usually covered in dirt and motor oil, a terribly sad situation. Hailey and her boyfriend regularly put out food for Cody, thinking the skinny feline was just not getting enough food at his own home.
Somehow Cody made the wise decision that Ms. Trifiro’s home was a much better place to be. One day he walked into their house and decided to make it his own. Luckily the animals they already have accepted him. He was thoroughly cleaned, and now has a soft and beautiful coat of white fur. He was checked daily for fleas. But he still remained extremely thin, no matter how much he was fed.
So Hailey launched her quest to get Cody diagnosed. As she explains on her Facebook page, which has a few photos of her own job as a makeup artist/stylist, currently prepping actors for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, most of the page is covered with photos of Cody.
Ms. Trifiro tells Examiner, “Mr. Cody Skeletor Bones is a wonderfully happy and loving feral cat. Known as the friendliest cat on the block, we noticed that he also had low energy and a gaunt appearance. Out of concern, we took him for an exam to measure his health. As it turns out he has hyperthyroidism, which can be cured – but not cheaply.”
A diagnosis of hyperthyroidism means that the approximately 11-year-old Cody has a tumor in his thyroid gland. One of the symptoms of this condition includes inhibition of proper nutrient absorption. Ultimately, Cody’s seven-pound body is consuming its own muscle tissue to satisfy his protein needs. If untreated, the condition will only worsen. For Cody, this really is a matter of life or a slow and painful death.
Ms. Trifiro’s goal is to raise $3,600 by September 20, to cover the expense of what could be his chance for a cure. Radioiodine treatment, performed by veterinarians at the University of Florida, followed by up to 12 weeks of recovery, appears to be an excellent possibility, one that will prolong his life. According to Radiocat, the therapy is a one-shot treatment, and has been successful in curing over 70,000 cats of their hypothyroidism. There are some worries and health concerns that must be addressed before he can undergo this treatment, including an ultrasound. They had no idea what they were in for when they took in Cody, but they are committed to doing whatever is possible.
In addition to the expensive treatment, after taking in this cast-off stray, Hailey and her boyfriend have had to pay for a multitude of tests and treatment along the way, and their pockets are wearing extremely thin. They are asking for help through GoFundMe. Cody’s humans believe in full disclosure, so Hailey tells Examiner “they are putting all the paperwork and bills we get on this page. We are honest people with an honest cause, and we can’t bear the thought of standing by idly while Cody’s health slowly deteriorates. Please help us help him have a normal life again.”
Even the smallest donation will be appreciated with much love from Cody and his family. They ask that if you cannot donate on the GoFundMe link here, to please share the link with your friends. This Examiner recently met Cody, and spent a long time with him during his most recent visit to The Cat Hospital of Orlando, in Altamonte Springs, Florida, where he was thoroughly examined by Dr. Sherri Basso.
Cody is beautiful, friendly and very vocal. He certainly won over everyone he came in contact with during that visit. If Cody thought you spoke cat, he would ask you to help him live the life he deserves. If you already speak cat, we know you already understand.