Saving Rose

This is our five year old kitty kid, Rose. Rose is our rescue dearheart, blind from birth due to congenital defects in her lenses. She was a year old, but very small when we got her, only four and a half pounds.

Blindness isn't a big deal to a cat though. She gets around just fine and many people haven't been able to tell she's blind.

She'll climb the cat tree and take leaps off it. She's a terror to the office chair, climbing all over it like a squirrel. She loves her crinkle toys because she can hear them and play with them. She finds her people and gets her luvvins.

What is a big deal to a cat is kidney hydrophrenosis. On her normal, regular vet visit, they found a baseball-sized mass in her abdomen as well as evidence of an overworked immune system. So an ear infection to clear up before anything could be done to see a specialist for an ultrasound.

One of her kidneys finally failed from the same congenital issues that stole her vision before her eyes even opened for the first time. Blocked and enlarged, it's completely dead.

At first my wife and I were shocked. How could we not notice such a thing? It's only noticable if both kidneys are damaged and it gets to the level it reached with Rose in just four weeks. This helped us fret less, and as good kitty parents we keep several thousand in emergency vet funds. And a few plush bunnies for her.

Several thousand later, she's gotten her scans and tests. Her ear infection is cleared up so it won't complicate things. And our emergency vet funds and more have been depleted.

She's ready to be well, and we don't have the means to save her life. She's living on borrowed time with a painful, dead organ inside her that needs to come out before she gets a life-threatening infection or it ruptures. She needs this dead kidney out as soon as possible.

Her eyesight was something she never came with, but her life itself doesn't deserve to be stolen so early. All the boxes deserve to be sat in.
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Kit Parenteau 
Vancouver, WA
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