Life-Saving PU Surgery for Simba

On February 5th my partner and I noticed our cat was acting odd, and soon realized that he was having bladder troubles. It was late at night on a Friday so we had to take him to the nearest emergency pet hospital, which happened to be VCA Pets. They told us he had a blockage and would have died if we hadn't gotten him in. Then they told us that to keep him alive that night it would be $2,800, at least. My partner had recently started working after four years of constant orthopedic surgeries. I am fully disabled with multiple life-long illnesses and can no longer work. I also have not been able to get disability yet since I am so young, though all my doctors agree that I am disabled. As you can imagine, faced with losing our cat and no money to cover the surgery he needed, we took out a loan, we set up a payment plan, and we talked them down to a bill that ended up being $1,610.95, total, including three days of hospitalization and a surgery to unblock Simba's bladder. 
We dutifully gave him all his meds four times a day, we switched his food, we started watching hime very time he peed for signs of struggle, and we celebrated having him home from the hospital and safe. As soon as we got him home, the next day we found out that my partner's job had been eliminated and he had been replaced by someone who was trained in dental hygiene (he was hired to handle billing, coding, insurance, and office management, which he went to school for during all of his surgeries). We quickly went from "in a bad financial situation" to "this really couldn't get any worse". Except that it could.
This morning, on February 22nd, Simba started crying after trying to pee, which broke my heart because he never even cried when he had the full blockage two weeks ago. We rushed him in to his regular hospital, where we have pet insurance (it covers the exam cost and takes 15% off of his meds and services he needs, as well as covers routine yearly preventative care like teeth cleanings. We love our cat and try to keep as healthy as possible!)
His hospital told us that fortunately he wasn't fully blocked yet, but that he may end up becoming blocked very easily. They are monitoring him as I type this, and he has received painkillers and a bladder muscle relaxant, as well as fluids. If we can keep him peeing by keeping him on muscle relaxers and painkillers until we can get this surgery done, then Simba wins and will get to live a full, happy, healthy life..

Even though he is pulling through this partial blockage and is able to pass urine again, he still needs a surgery to prevent this from happening in the future, which right now he's blocking every few weeks.

That surgery is $1,200 through Banfield Pet Hospital. It would straighten out his eurethra, allowing him to pass urine much more easily and would eliminate the constant fear we live in of this happening again and it would permanently lower the amount of pain he lives with from having bladder spasms and difficulty peeing. 

Other than his bladder, our cat is a very healthy little guy, he's only 6 years old, and he is my therapy cat on days when I am in so much pain that I have to stay in bed on a heating pad all day. He is very friendly, loves people, and has been with us since he was 4 months old and we found him meowing in the rain, malnourished, full of fleas and worms. When we took him in, both my partner and I were working full time, bringing in plenty of money to pay for any emergencies he may have. We got him fixed, vaccinated, got rid of his fleas and worms, and had him treated for his first two partial blockages that we caught early.

This time we would do anything for our buddy, but financially we have nothing to give. I don't want him to die just because I'm disabled and my partner has been dealing with non-stop health problems too. Clearly going into debt for our animal wasn't even given a second thought, of course I would pay anything to keep him around and let him live a full, pain-free life. That's where GoFundMe comes into the story. I am hoping that other animal lovers will see how much we care about Simba and consider donating or sharing our story as far and wide as possible.

The first goal we need to reach is the $1,200 to pay for the surgery that will permanently cure Simba's struggles with bladder obstruction. The other $1,200 is to cover his $200 minimum bill from today, and $1,000 of his last giant hospital bill. Meaning we would still be paying off the last $800-900 on our own, but we can do that much over the course of the next year. Unfortunately, we can't do all of it on our own and this surgery is necessary because of his history of recurrent and nearly-fatale bladder obstructions.

We need your help saving our loving cat Simba's life.

Our kitten means the world to us, and your support to save his life does, too. Thank you for sharing or donating to get him the life-saving surgery he needs.

If you would like to purchase something instead of giving to GoFundMe, I also run two Etsy stores, the first one sells jewelry:

and the second store sells unique polished, carved, and rough gemstones and crystals for collectors and jewelry makers:

With your support, I know we can reach this goal and save our beloved cat's life while preventing more major medical emergencies and financial cat-astrophes down the road.

Thank you so much for reading and caring, my partner Chris and I cannot thank you enough. 

I will also be sending out gifts from both of my shops to the top five donators once Simba's goal is met! 

Thank you again,

Simba, Jessi Chval, and Chris Sanborn

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  • Anonymous 
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Jessi Chval 
Portland, OR
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