Rockett was rescued from the dangerous streets of West Philly by my good friends Anthony & Brianne. After taking him to the vet for his shots and testing they discovered he was infected with Feline Leukemia. Sadly they could not keep him since they already have two cats.
Their initial plan was to give him to a shelter that takes care of FeLV positive cats but after I spent 10 minutes with the little guy I know I would have to take him home.
Living in a brand new apartment we were not "allowed" to have any pets but since when did I follow the rules?! My girlfriend Care & I took him in and even though we knew his health could decline quickly at any time we wanted to give him the best life he could possibly have.
Every morning waking up to Rockett sleeping at our feet, laying on our faces, sprawled out across our chests, snuggled under my arm, or where ever he decided was his bed for the night - was a blessing.
You see there are two people in this world: Those who like cats and those who don't. Rockett was hard at work bridging the gap - turning non cat people into Rockett lovers.
This is because Rockett isn't your ordinary cat. His 1/2 cat 1/2 dog qualities make him one of the best companions a person could ever have. He is fun, fearless, wild, yet completely adorable... and he knows it. Instead of being afraid of vacuums he actually loves them and begs for you to hose him down. He loves water-guns and drinking form running water fountains. He enjoys riding skateboards and is the best road trip wingman.
So this is where things get VERY difficult.
Rockett's FeLV symptoms are continuing to decline and we are unable to pinpoint the actual cause of his pain. We are almost certain it is Lymphoma cancer which is very common for cats with Feline Leukemia but cannot be sure without an Ultrasound and other testing.
We are in over our heads with Vet bills and even getting an ultrasound right now is more than we can afford. We have already reached our Care Credit limit.
If you can find it in your hearts to help we will be able to go for more testing and in return not only help prolong Rockett's awesome life but we will send you a Rockett Calendar upon request as a Thank You.
As many of you have seen from his pictures, he really is the most adorable looking cat with a personality unlike any we have ever known. He has given me more laughs in the past year then I have had in the past 5. His best buddy dog-like characteristics have stolen my heart and has been more of a friend than many people. I don't think any amount of mental or emotion preparation could make this any easier. I have had pets pass away before poor Rock is only 15 months.
He has been in such great health that prior to two weeks ago multiple Vets couldn't believe he had FeLV. With his young age and strong heart - we hope and pray he battles through victoriously.
The ultrasound was quoted at $400-500 but there are other costs involved which will add up to about $1000. If it is a tumor then surgery will cost an estimated $1500-3000.
Any help is greatly, GREATLY appreciated.
JJ, Care, and Rockett