A few days ago, we noticed coughing/wheezing and labored breathing. We took him to CCVH Sunday night, August 23rd. X-rays showed he had inflammation in his airways - possible asthma. He was given two injections and sent home with prednisone. Within 24 hours, in addition to there being no improvement, his breathing began to sound raspy. He wasn't eating, and then he urinated on himself. This is so not like him. Being extremely concerned, I messaged my favorite vet tech (Amber) who consulted with the best vet I know (Dr. Boden). She urged us to take him to an emergency facility where they can run further tests and hospitalize him if necessary.
So last night (Monday, August 24th), I took him to Northstar Vets. They put him on oxygen right away and ran numerous tests, which revealed anemia, increased globulin, kidney disfunction (creatinine was 3.7 and should be under 1.5), slightly enlarged heart with some surrounding fluid, increased blood sugar (485), something in the upper left lung (possibly pneumonia or a mass). They compared x-rays to the ones taken 24 hours prior at CCVH and said whatever is going on, it's progressing quickly.
The radiologist, internist and/or criticalist is supposed to be reviewing everything this morning and will call me with an update, prognosis, or treatment plan. I am so concerned that this is the end for him. Whatever we are dealing with, all I want is for him to be comfortable and know how loved he is. I don't think I've ever cried this much over a pet before. He is such a special cat.
Obviously, these bills are extremely high, but I cannot possibly give him anything less than the best. He has earned it. He deserves it. If anyone would like to contribute any amount to help offset the cost, it would be so greatly appreciated. Friday's bill was $441.84. Last night's deposit for admission was $1,700, with total estimated cost to be about $3,400. Because of his age, we stopped taking him on tour over a year ago and his book sales have almost ceased, so the income just hasn't been there. Please don't feel obligated. I know this is my responsibility as his owner, but I also know that so many of you love him as though he were your own, so I wanted to give you the opportunity to help, if you're willing.
I will keep you all updated. Thank you mostly for the prayers for this little guy. We love him so very much.