On October 13th, the future I had planned came to a screeching halt. I brought Zane into the emergency pet clinic for lethargy, swollen/sensitive abdomen, and lack of appetite. I went in thinking it would be nothing more than a kitty cold that he would shake in a few days time. Unfortunately, I learned that he has what is called Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP. For those who do not know what that is, it is a disease that is infectious yet not contagious, has 100 percent mortality rate, virtually no diagnostic test to confirm it, and no effective treatment. There is fluid residing between his heart and his lungs, and it cannot be cured. He has anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months left to live. He is only five months old, and his life is being cut drastically short.
Any treatment going forward is to simply ease his pain and keep him as comfortable as possible. The day I found out, I had to pay $700 for his tests. Tomorrow, the 14th, I have to pay a minimum $800 deposit for them to perform a chest tap to clear out some of the fluid and to help him stay stable for longer. I have to provide 24/7 care to ensure that he is safe and he will not suffocate from the fluids building in his chest.
I started this GoFundMe because I am desperate for assistance. Between having to max out my cards for making it to a funeral across country, pay for an engine change, and as well as two alternators, a car battery, this divorce, and having to live on my own, I am barely scraping by. I am also moving to Michigan at the beginning of December, and with me becoming a disabled veteran and having to leave active duty Air Force after nearly six and a half years, I will be without a paycheck for at the very least a month starting at the end of November. I want to make his last few weeks/months with me on this earth as wonderful and comfortable as I possibly can. But I cannot do that if I do not have the financial means to do so.
My birthday is coming up in a month, and all I ask for is your donation to help my little "loaf of bread" as I like to call him to be able to breathe easy until I have to make the tough decision to end his suffering. If you cannot donate, PLEASE, PLEASE share. Anything you or anyone else can do to help will mean more to me than some of you will ever know.
I will be broken when Zane must leave. My other cat, Chief, will be even more devastated. Please help us in making his little bit of time left in his profusely, heartbreakingly short life the best he could possibly have. He deserves so much after what he has given me in these last months. He has loved me unconditionally when I couldn't. He has kept me warm and ensured I was never alone. And I do not want him to be cold, alone, and unloved when he leaves this world.
Please donate what you can, and you cannot, please share. I beg of you from the bottom of my heart. And if you cannot do either of those, please say a little prayer for him as he prepares for his time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
TL;DR: Please help my support animal pass away in peace.
Thank you so much, and may the world bless you in ways you cannot fathom.
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