On Friday, September 14th, my girlfriend Audra and I brought our cat Kisa to the vet. This was prompted by a few days of odd behavior on his part. He was lethargic, had been hiding from us in our apartment, and appeared to be straining when attempting to use his litter box. When he was vocalizing painfully and having difficulty walking on Friday morning, we realized it could possibly be an emergency and immediately took him to the local clinic. After an exam, the doctor explained to us that his urinary tract was obstructed, which was causing his bladder to swell, and he estimated it was about the size of a small grapefruit when we brought him in (Kisa is not a large cat). Furthermore, the buildup in his bladder was causing his potassium levels to rise, which could potentially affect his heart. Kisa is only slightly over a year old and has never shown any indicators of any health problems, so we were shocked to learn that he would definitely die without immediate medical intervention. This would involve inserting a catheter into his urethra and keeping him in the kennel for a few days to make sure he was able to pass urine. Given that our options at this stage were essentially that or euthanasia, we said our tearful goodbye and didn't see him again until the following Monday, when we were able to bring him home. He seems mostly fine, if a little shell-shocked. Anybody who's visited us knows what a wonderful cat he is. He's the sweetest, funniest creature I've ever met, and to be totally candid, I felt like I was suffocating when I thought we might lose him. Unfortunately, the combination of the procedure, the overnight care, his medication, and the prescription food he now will have to eat indefinitely has been incredibly expensive. I have no regrets, as our choices at the time were to pay for the treatment, let him die, or go to another clinic that would run double the cost. Any help we can get at this stage would be a boon. If you can signal boost this post in any way, please do, and if you're able to afford it, we would be incredibly grateful for any financial assistance you could offer. Thanks for reading.
-Dave & Audra