Ponzu is a fluffy, 3 year old, British Shorthair cat with a big heart (literally). He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his loving family: Mango (Sun Conure), Tofu (Shiba Inu), Kimchi (Tabby cat), and Chanan & Jarek (human parents). He has a global followership at his IG site: https://www.instagram.com/ponzucoolcat/
In October, Ponzu got diagnosed with a very serious, life-threatening heart condition: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). This is not uncommon for this breed. It means that he has a very thickened heart muscle. This thickening prevents the heart from filling adequately, and therefore, reduces the efficiency and the volume of blood being pumped out of the heart to the body. Ponzu experienced a significant heart failure twice so far, on Oct 20th, and then again on Nov 21st . Thanks to a specialized treatment at emergency pet clinics, Ponzu has been saved and is back home with his family at a stable condition. However, he needs to take daily medications (3 x day) and his breathing needs to be monitored and physical activity restricted. Unfortunately, there is no cure for his disease.
Our main goal is to medically manage and maintain a good quality of life for Ponzu and offer him all the love and support we can, for as long as we can. He is a very special cat who has shown unconditional love to us and our other pets. We love him very very much and cannot imagine life without him.
We are also conscious of a very possibility of another episode that can happen at any time. Because of the pre-existing condition, Ponzu would not qualify for a pet health insurance and we must cover all the costs out of pocket. And each emergency visit comes at a very expensive price tag:
Oct, 20, 1st Hospitalization, $ 3,532
Oct, 26, Check up at a local Vet, $ 645
Nov, 21, 2nd Hospitalization, $ 4,707
Nov, 28, Check up at a local Vet, $ 273
Total: $ 9,157
By donating to this fund you will help us cover his medical expenses and keep him alive and well.
Thank you very very much! We are eternally grateful!
- Ashley Buchalla
- Grzegorz Markocki
- Anna Reddington
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