I’m Heather and I need you to Help me-owt!
Toki (Wartooth \\m//) Is a sweet but shy Russian blue cat, and once I looked into those emerald eyes I was done for. The only way I could make him mine was by dating his owner, begrudgingly (not really :-p) for 10 years. I’ve learned he’s a gamer cat, actually ‘watches’ South Park, a ladies man, and loves to greet new people at the door when they come inside.
My little prince, my handsome boy, is suddenly very ill.
Chris and I have taken Toki’s health seriously as pet parents and followed any recommendations by our veterinarian and for a long while we’ve been blessed with good health for him. That has recently and devastatingly changed.
Over the past three months his health took a sharp turn. It was so gradual, a few bites of kibble still left in the bowl when he used to devour it all, odd stool in his litter that would come and go. Even the Vet couldn't really say if anything was wrong but gave probiotics and some other supplements.
Then it was whole portions of meals left untouched but still hungry cries. What I thought was a picky phase turned to anxiety after 100’s of dollars were spent on different foods to try and me sitting on the floor begging Toki to eat through tears.
I saw my vet just before Thanksgiving and after multiple tests and blood work I was sent home with a slew of medicines and an appetite stimulant, he ate that same night. “Oh thank God”, I thought, “he’ll get better now’.
It only lasted maybe two days before his eating stopped again and his health deteriorated to where the only option was an emergency Hospital visit.
I have a care credit card, savings and another credit card which are all tapped out trying to get him better and it’s only been three days into his hospital visit. He was admitted 12/1/21.
He needs a feeding tube, ultrasound, upper and lower endoscopy , IV fluids, and a pinpoint liver ultrasound.
This isn’t treatment, medication, and possible additional surgeries. This is just to find out what's wrong. The goals may change with updates on his diagnosis and treatment plans of which I will keep you updated. Currently we are already at $6,000.
I need money, plain and simple and as soon as possible. Chris and I have a humble life in our 1 bedroom apartment and have struggled financially for years. It’s the primary reason why we don’t own a home or have tied the knot. We have each other and Toki, and that was enough. Even though we wanted those things it didn’t matter and money shouldn’t be the factor in whether someone lives or dies.
But money does matter, and it does determine if someone can get the best care possible to make it against the odds.
I need your help. Whether you know us or not, if you have some money to spare, anything at all it would mean the world to us. Even a share to other communities or social media.
He’s not ‘just a cat’, he’s family
He has been with us through several unemployment spells, near eviction, preventive cancer surgery, death, fights, and I don’t know how I would have gotten through Covid lockdown without him. He was there with unconditional love, and even though we gave it back we have to do more.
Now it's our turn to rally and support him.
My pride isn’t going to save him.
I have to try.
I have to try and ask you to help him win this fight.
I want to bring him home, I want another Christmas with him, and I don’t want to be the reason he doesn't make it is a dollar sign. It’s not a quality of life issue, my selfishness, or my ignorance, it’s money.
What I can give
I love celebrations and gifts!
I had to think hard as to what I could give to others for their support and not take away from my financial pool. If I get more ideas/things I will update!
A Christmas / thank you card from Toki
A personal picture/ thank you card from Toki
A 10 minute zoom chat with Toki/ama
A piece of art just for you from Toki/his parents
No matter what you do or what happens from here, thank you for taking the time.