We're told she has congestive heart failure*, but that they may be able to stabilize her enough by tomorrow to bring her home and have her looked at by a kitty cardiologist. Best case scenario is that, with medication, she can have a fairly good quality of life for about a year, until her heart finally gives out for good. Worst case scenario is that she can't make it out of ICU.
I'm brokenhearted -- and broke. I've already spent a couple thousand bucks (oxygen therapy is super expensive) and will likely need at least a couple thousand more to get her onto a stable footing. That includes visits to a cardiologist, more imaging tests, monthly medication, and likely more frequent vet visits over the next year.
I hate to have to calculate how much my cat is worth to me monthly, but my budget isn't capable of absorbing a $450/mo. hit right now, and I may need to consider letting her go. In either scenario, I'll still have several thousand dollars of vet bills to take care of.
Please help if you can!
I hope this pic (which I took at the ICU about an hour ago) tugs at your heartstrings and opens your wallet, if you can afford to help us. I would be enormously grateful and shower you all year long with pics of what is, I'm fairly sure, the most beautiful cat in the world.
Lots of love to you and your critters.
*For people who want to get technical, the cause is hypertrophic cardiopathy, most likely a condition she was born with. Unlike me, cats are stoic and will hide symptoms until they're ready to keel over, so it's hard to detect the illness on an ordinary exam.
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