Cat Runs Up to Rescuers, Begging for Love As She No Longer Wants to Be on the Streets

When rescuers came to a Brooklyn neighborhood to care for the local cats, one of them ran up to them, begging for love.

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Will Zweigart, founder of Flatbush Cats, a TNR-focused Cat Rescue in Brooklyn, New York, joined a volunteer to feed 7-8 colonies of spayed and neutered feral cats in the area, as they do this on a daily basis to care for the community cats.

“If we run into any friendly cats while feeding, we’re then able to help get them off the streets and try to get them adopted into a loving home,” Will told Love Meow.

A new cat had shown up to the neighborhood not too long ago. As they arrived at her usual spot, the cat was already there, waiting for them. She immediately came running towards the caretakers, meowing and head bumping them for pets and love.

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“I could see her fur was dirty, which you usually see with abandoned or stray cats as they tend to groom less when very stressed. She had no collar and was starving, and it’s currently below freezing in New York so I wanted to get her out of the January cold,” Will added.

According to neighbors, this friendly stray had been outside for several weeks, braving the cold, scrounging for food and shelter.

“Unfortunately it’s very common in this area for cats to be dumped or abandoned outside. She ran up to our volunteer and was very talkative, and clearly wanted back inside.”

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Will decided to rescue her by using a humane trap to help with the process.

“Cats can often be very scared and may not want to go into a carrier right away. Many have bad associations with carriers from vet trips, or if that’s the last thing that happened when they were abandoned. Traps are a safe way to rescue and transport cats even if they’re friendly,” Will told Love Meow.

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The kitty was happy from the moment she met Will and the volunteer. She walked right into the trap as if she was ready to be taken somewhere safe and warm.

After weeks of wandering the streets, she was thrilled to be in a home again. They named her Bun and she quickly settled in.

Watch Bun as she ran up to her rescuers in this video:

Stray Cat Ran Up to Rescuers for Love

“She is a little shy of new people, but immediately begins purring loudly once she feels secure. She started making biscuits, rolling around and playing with a catnip toy that we had sitting nearby,” Will told Love Meow.

“She’s currently relaxing with one of our foster volunteers. Our next step is to get her medical care including spay, vaccination and deworming treatment. Once she’s all set there, we’ll be listing her for adoption!”

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“Our goal is to make sure every cat in our neighborhood is spayed or neutered, which helps to prevent more cats from showing up at the city’s overcrowded shelters,” Will said.

“We do that by fixing all of the community cats through trap, neuter, return (TNR), and then working with local volunteers to make sure the feral and street cats that we’ve fixed are fed.”

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Bun is purring up a storm in the comfort of her foster home, away from the streets and the cold.

Follow updates on Bun and Flatbush Cats on Instagram @flatbushcats and Facebook. If you would like to support their rescue efforts, click here to see how you can help.

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Cancer Health Insurance

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, it can be overwhelming – for you, and your family. Having the right health insurance can help to reduce some of the financial pressures so you can focus on your health and recovery.

If you’re in need of cancer treatment, it’s important you know what’s covered by private health insurance. Every policy is different and every treatment plan is unique; this is one case where the fine print really does matter.

Covering cancer treatment costs – what are the options?

Treating cancer can be more expensive than you might expect. To help cover the costs, some people use the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) alone, and others use a combination of Medicare and their private health insurance.

Here’s what each one offers:

Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – what’s covered?

Medicare can cover hospital care, diagnostic testing and imaging, GP visits and some of the cost of specialist visits. If chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drugs such as antinauseants and immunostimulants are being used as part of your treatment, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) might reduce or cover the cost of prescribed medications.

With certain medications provided outside of hospitals, there may be a ‘gap’ or an amount you have to cover yourself. Always ask your health provider about these costs ahead of time so that you’re prepared for the bill.

Private health insurance – what’s covered?

Private health insurance generally covers you for part, or all, of the costs of being a private patient receiving treatment in a private or a public hospital, depending on your level of cover. It doesn’t mean your private hospital stays are free, but you can choose your doctor and the hospital you’ll be treated at, and your policy may cover the cost of a single room.

Depending on your level of cover, private health insurance may also cover you for out-of-hospital services. This is called extras or ancillary insurance. For most people, that means physio, optical and the annual dentist visit, but it can also include some of the complementary treatments sometimes used in cancer treatment. This could include things like, home nursing, assistance with travel and accommodation, psychology, occupational therapy, dietician advice, post-operative medical/health aids, assisted living programs.

As a private patient, you may need to pay extra fees including doctors’ charges, hospital accommodation, pharmaceuticals, theatre fees, prostheses and so on. Generally, the higher the premium you pay, the fewer additional costs you’ll have to deal with.

Limiting your health insurance expenses – what should you consider?

Here are some practical things you can do to keep on top of your expenses if you’re using private health insurance:

  • Contact your health fund before you receive treatment to find out exactly what they cover and what you’ll have to pay for yourself, and if there are any associated waiting periods you need to serve.
  • Understand what it means if your insurance policy has restrictions or exclusions. It may mean you’re not covered for things you think are included.
  • Find out if your hospital or specialist has an arrangement with your health insurer so you don’t face avoidable out-of-pocket expenses. You might even decide to change where you go for treatment based on this information.
  • Ask your doctor for a written estimate of costs and find out how long you’ll have to pay the bills.
  • Read any letters or brochures from your health insurer; they can make changes to your policy, so it’s a good idea to stay informed
  • Make any claims with your insurer as soon as possible so there’s no delay on your payments.

Choosing the right level of private health insurance may increase your comfort during treatment and help to lighten your financial load in the long run. It’s important to research your policy options carefully to choose the policy that best suits you.