(Fizz in a cubby/BC SPCA)

An SPCA branch on Vancouver Island is seeking help from the public for a stray cat who needs a complex ear surgery.

Fizz is suffering from chronic pain in his ears due to a severe ear infection in both ears and multiple polyps in both of his ear canals.

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While his pain is being controlled through medication for now, Fizz needs a total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy to remove the polyps and infected tissue – a surgery without which he will live in chronic pain for the rest of his life.

However the total cost of this complex surgery, examinations and medications is estimated to be $6,246. Once it is over, Fizz will also need at least six weeks to heal before going up for adoption.

“Fizz is a social butterfly who loves to snuggle with people and other cats,” says Leon Davis, manager, BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch.

“He’s helped timid cats and kittens who are new to the branch come out of their shell and start socializing with people. We nicknamed Fizz foster dad and therapy cat for under-socialized cats and kittens.”

Anyone who can help Fizz and other animals in need at Nanaimo SPCA should visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or head over to the branch at 154 Westwood Rd, Nanaimo.