My name is Leena and I’m a doctoral student getting my PhD in Chemistry Education. I have two cats, and this past February, not only did I have my car break down and have to pay about $1k to get it fixed, but my kitty got sick as well and I got hit with about $1k in vet bills. I’m not asking for the full amount because these are my responsibility, but in order to be able to continue to pay bills on time, I am asking for just a small portion. Any little bit helps, and thankfully I do have a support system in my friends, but the financial aspect is hard as well. My kitties name are Roxie and Athena. Athena is my baby that got sick:
About Athena. Athena was adopted as a stray when she was about 7 months old and I have had her ever since... she’s now 7 years old.
why was she taken to the vet? Well, at the beginning of February, she was having bloody diarrhea. Nothing else actively seemed wrong, but I still took her to the vet. They did multiple fecal tests. All came back negative for parasites. Therefore, the next step was to take a blood test. In the mean time, we took some antidiarrhea medicine home and we came to the conclusion that she had a sensitive tummy and got some new food for her. Then the blood test came back. Apparently, she was healthy and all her levels were completely normal, and actually showed her to be in pretty good health. By the next week with our follow up she was all clear, back to her happy self.
Well, that’s not the end. The week after went by but then she started throwing up. And not the post eating, chunky throw up. This was empty stomach, clear and slimy vomit. And she would do this multiple times a day. So, after four days, we went back to the vet. Turns out she was what they call « doughy » and so they took an X-ray. She had huge air buildup such that they stacked and didn’t allow her to pass anything. The solution that was most effective wasto have her stay overnight and have an IV put into her to pass fluids and force the air out. This is whatI chose to do. She has since (these past two weeks) been perfectly healthy again. On her X-ray, they also saw a few spots that they weren’t sure were related to the issue they recommended an ultrasound, which will cost about $400, that I will have to take her to get in the next six months
How will I spend this money?
well, if I get $600, that’ll be enough to cover about 60% of the cost of her vet bill, helping me to reduce the stress. Up to $1k and that will cover all of the vet bill. Anything toward 1,400 will cover the ultrasound That they would like to take for her.
- Paula Morehouse