We found Lawrence as a stray kitten in the summer of 2008 and he's been my best friend since. He's been a companion to me, my sister, and makes friends with everyone he's been introduced to. It's hard not to fall in love with him. It's even harder to remember what it felt like before he was here.
A few months ago, in September, I took Lawrence to the clinic when we'd noticed he'd been hacking his food back up. Not everyday, but enough to raise concern. The veterinarian prescribed him medication to coat his stomach, which helped, but fixed nothing. A blood test and urinalysis came back with no results. The vet couldn't seem to give me a straight answer, mainly guessing that "this is just how it is now" since he's an older cat. I accepted this as the cause, and on top of a recent move, suspected he was feeling anxious from being in a new environment. We tried giving him soft foods and wondered if something as simple as Brita filtered vs bottled water was making him sick.
My sister decided to take him to a different clinic yesterday. During the visitation, a mass, about an inch in size, was discovered in his belly. Today, during an ultra sound, the mass was confirmed to be in his intestine, and most likely responsible for the vomiting he has been experiencing. Whether it's cancerous, we don't know yet.
The bill to have the mass removed is estimated to be 1,183.30 (low end) or 1,547.80 (high end). While my sister and I have talked about splitting the cost of this outrageous bill, it's still a heavy price to pay to save our friend. I work part time and this surgery will obliterate the entirety of my savings and then some. I doubt this goal will be reached, I'm just hoping to alleviate the personal financial hardship this will cause.
Thank you from me and my family.
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