Our cat Andy fell 6 stories
We had to keep our windows open to try and stay cool, as I overheat easily due to medical conditions.
Today we couldn't find our 1 year old Ragdoll anywhere. He wasn't in the apartment. My roommate Harmony found him on the ground 7 stories below. Our apartment is on the top floor and he'd fallen. We rushed him to Tufts emergency vet hospital in Grafton MA.
The initial assessment while we wait is that he has a ruptured diaphragm, and a ruptured bladder. It is going to cost us $500-700 for just the xrays, and an additional $3500-4500 for the necessary surgery. There is no way we can afford it, so we're looking to our community for help.
Please consider donating. Andy is the sweetest, most loving and dopiest cat. For the past year he's brought such joy to our lives, and a frequent comment from people who meet him is how special he is.
He's the best friend to our dog, and brother to our other 1 year old cat, son to our 3 year old cat Chai.... they will be so lost without him.
He's been eating his own food again, having been too put off by the wet food to actually eat much of it. He's stoked to have his own dry kibble back, though, and he's taking well to being home.
He looks a little bit like a very handsome Frankenstein's Monster right now, though, as is evidenced by this picture. He's happy, and loves his pets, and keeps trying to duck out of his small area into the house at large. All in all, he's our same special boy, just doped up on pain meds.
We're so thankful for the honest miracle that he survived, and all the staff at the Foster hospital at Tufts did for him. His attending student was amazing at anticipating and answering any questions we could have, his nurses and vet were amazing at giving him all of the care and attention he needed and keeping us up to date with each new procedure that would need to be done.
After all was said and done, they did work with us a little bit on the pricing and dropped it from $5875 to $5425... Which means we still have to pay back all the loans and credit we took out for the surgery. So thank you all so much for your help. I am going to leave the campaign up because now we really need the help to pay off the Care Credit, which is a $300 a month payment for the next 6 months. We're hoping to get a decent head start/down payment together to pay on that up front so the next 6 months worth of payments will be smaller.
I want to stay as transparent about all of this as we can, and really stress how grateful we are that there are so many people in the world who care about helping people when things go wrong, and who care so strongly about animals. You are all amazing!
He had his surgery Thursday and spent all of yesterday recovering. He's taken well to his oral pain medications and he even stood up on his own today. Our little boy is going to make a complete recovery.
To the brass tacks of it, we're barely eeking by on the costs of treatment with the money we put down and this campaign included. We still come up about $60 short of the total, which we're going to pay out of pocket.
However, we'll have Andy's follow up appointments to pay for as well and we're still going to need all the help we can get. Please, I don't want to change the total on the campaign and we're gonna take the $900 over it went hit by ourselves... We just really need help to be able to cover his check-ups over the next 8 weeks of recovery. So please, share, donate if you haven't, ask anyone you can to...
The insurance company informed us that Andy is considered personal property, and the claim won't be considered bodily harm. This means we're very unlikely to get the full amount, if anything, from them as a payout. We're strapped, and it's worth it because our boy is the sweetest but we're going to struggle for the next while.
Depending on how he tolerates his pain meds over tonight and tomorrow we should be able to bring him home Saturday! We're so excited!
Dan, Melvin is the cutest boy! I'm so glad he's feeling so much better... The things we do for the smallest members of our family, right? Thank you so much for keeping up with this, I've been checking in on your campaign too and all the updates keep me smiling. We're both incredibly lucky people for our boys to be doing so well!