Apr 9, 2015 1:01 PM ET

Archived: CAT SKILLS Challenge!: Help cure Feline Infectious Peritonitis

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 9, 2015

CAT SKILLS Challenge!

by Leslie Goodwin

Help me raise funds to cure FIP, a deadly cat disease. My cat died of FIP in June and I have pledged to donate to the Bria Fund for FIP Research. Everything raised here will go directly to this fund.

I was finishing the rough draft of my book CAT SKILLS: Loving Care for Cats when my 15 month old cat suddenly took ill. She was diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis, a deadly, incurable disease. Thirteen days later she was dead. There is no vaccine and no cure. I pledged a portion of the sales to a research fund called the Bria Fund, named after the founder’s kitten who also died of FIP. I sought help from the Yahoo Support FIP website…now, months later, I am a volunteer counselor, advising others who are fighting the same losing battle against FIP. So many hearts have been broken and kittens lost to this disease that has inspired dozens of us to raise funds to find a cure. One lady in England has raised more than 1,000 pounds by knitting cat toys and selling them online to donate. My dream is to raise at least $1,000. here to donate directly to the Bria Fund for FIP Research–more than I can raise selling books one at a time. Thank you for your generosity. There is a saying in Spanish, “Dios se lo pague.” God will pay you. I will appreciate your purchase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well!

Interview with Leslie Goodwin

Why did you write the book?

I’m crazy about cats and I have been studying them for years…I wanted to share tips about raising them, living with them, feeding them, yes,,,even TRAINING them! One section of the book shares secrets to forming a love bond with a cat! I wanted to dispel some of the negative stereotypes about cats and celebrate them in all their quirky glory.

What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?

All the money I raise here I will donate to the Bria Fund for F.I.P. Research of the Winn Feline Foundation. I can’t raise enough selling books one at a time but I hope this way I can make a substantial donation that may even lead to a cure of this deadly disease that mostly strikes kittens.

What’s so special about CAT SKILLS: Loving Care for Cats

This is what one reviewer wrote:
“Whether you are a lifelong cat owner like me or experiencing the joy of being owned by a feline for the very first time, I guarantee that you will find this book to be a wealth of information that will enable you to be the best pet parent you can be. It is incredibly well-researched but not at all dull like so many pet care books. (The section on nutrition and what to look for on cat food labels alone is invaluable.) It’s written in a conversational style and infused with fun cat quotes and illustrations. Did you know that there are certain words (“passwords”) that most cats will respond to? Have you ever considered how cats are like the French and dogs resemble Americans? ” –Melissa LaPierre, Mochas, Mysteries and Meows.com

Why should I donate to FIP research?

Most of us raising funds for FIP research have had cats who were victims. I tell people that it changes you forever. When it strikes, it kills so quickly. You feel helpless because there is nothing you can do for your fur baby but watch him or her die. Most victims don’t live more than two weeks after diagnosis…and it can be expensive to diagnose. There are two experimental drugs on the market, one of which is hard to source in the US but neither of them is a cure. At best, they will prolong a cat’s life. Here is more, if you would like to read about FIP and about Maisie , my little FIP angel and Millie, her fur sister: Also, check out my video for the whole story and to meet some of the angels in fur coats.



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