We have a new entry in the list of “Unforeseen Expenses.” This one is titled “Save Magellan!” because apparently his kidneys are apparently at risk of collapsing.
We found this out Saturday because he ate a little bit of chocolate – I don’t know why, he’s never been very interested in people food before but hey cats they’re like kids only usually less expensive. Usually. Ugh.
It became clear as the day went on that he was in an increasing amount of pain, so we rushed him to the emergency veterinarian hospital and we discovered that the source of his suffering had little to nothing to do with the chocolate. Nope. His urinary tract was blocked up something fierce. Which meant he had crystals in his bladder. And this also apparently means that his kidneys are at risk for collapsing if not treated immediately.
Right now, Magoo is at the vet and doing okay, they tell us. After a $900 deposit, they’ve unblocked his UT, but he’s being kept under observation until at least Monday night to make sure he’s peeing regularly on his own.
All of this care and attention is running up an estimated bill of $1560, provided there aren’t further complications. As of this blog, friends have donated $520, a third of the estimate, to Magellan’s GoFundMe page (thank you all so SO much! I am literally screaming you don’t even know), but I’m appealing to strangers here too. Any amount of money would be so, SO helpful.
As you can probably guess, we don’t have a lot of cash on hand, and certainly not enough to cover this bill as quickly as the hospital has been asking for. My mom is disabled from a stoke in 2013 and, while she’s improving quickly and has gotten part time work as a music teacher, she’s still unable to hold down a full-time job. I’m her full-time caregiver and thus require a more flexible schedule than any area employers are willing to grant me, so other than freelance singing and occasional reviews for DC Metro, I’m unemployed. My brother has an assortment of part-time jobs that keep us afloat and has a few job prospects now that he’s nearly finished his masters degree, but the money he makes is all swallowed up by our existing bills; mortgage, electric, Mom’s hospital and therapy bills, student loans, car payments, and the list goes on.
A reasonable question would be “why are we bending over backwards for a cat?” Simply put, he’s family. Magellan was born four years ago in my mom’s closet, to a cat we were sitting for a friend. He bonded with Mom immediately and has been her baby ever since. He cried for the month she was in the hospital after her stroke and couldn’t be moved from her side when she came home. He’s been her cuddle-buddy all through her recovery, sometimes being the only thing that kept her going off the deep end when the depression overwhelmed her.
He’s one of the most loving cats I’ve ever owned and we would all be absolutely devastated to lose him, be it because of health concerns or because the hospital wouldn’t treat him due to money issues.
So please, donate if you can. Share the link with other pet lovers. If we meet our goal or somehow go past it, the excess money will be donated to resources like Red Rover, which helps pet caregivers in crisis, and which I’ve been using to find additional resources for Magellan.