Tater is not graceful. He's not mysterious. He's not moody or aloof, and he's definitely not plotting anything. Tater is a simple cat who loves baking in the sun, hanging out with his three cat brothers, and plopping next to human friends on the couch to cuddle like an innocent (and slightly clingy) child, tilting his head back to receive kisses and purr like a funny, happy little horse. Tater doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
Like anyone who has loved an animal knows, to me, Tater is not simply a pet. He's a member of my family. And last week, he almost died.
On Monday, August 7th, Tater was diagnosed with diabetes. He started insulin therapy on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, he had to be rushed to the animal hospital because he went into hypoglycemic shock. His eyes were huge and glazed over, and when he gripped my arm with his paw, it felt like a desperate plea for help. Blood glucose levels for a diabetic cat should be between 120 and 300; his blood glucose was 21. If he hadn't been treated that night, he wouldn't be alive right now. Luckily, he was brought in quickly enough to be stabilized and sent home the next day, but he's not out of the woods yet. The vets suspect there may be additional underlying issues, which means he will need an ultrasound and x-rays.
If you've ever had a sick pet, you know how quickly an astronomical vet bill can accumulate, and how terrifying and stressful these situations can be. This is a financial and emotional crisis, and it isn't over.
Tater is only 6 years old, and I know that he has so much more living to do. I can't let him down. Please help me get this sweet, gentle, hilarious boy healthy again- I'll be grateful for anything you are willing to donate.
Thank you. So, so much.
- ALISON CUCCARO
- Kevin Deegan
- Jesse Brown
- Frederik Galloway
- Laura Mariano
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