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Our sweet little Shadow, a 7 month old Siberian Kitten, has been through a harrowing last week.
Since we got him he has been a great bundle of joy, super active, playful, and loving. Last Wednesday (6/17) started out no differently, he was playing and being his usual self. Then all of the sudden, around 10:45 AM, he started crying out in pain and severely limping on his right hind leg. We tried to calm him down but it kept getting worse and worse until he couldn't put any weight on it at all and was screaming out every time he moved. We immediately called his vet but they couldn't get him in until 5:30, so we rushed him to the emergency care vet instead.
When we got there, we thought it was maybe a sprain or something of the sort in his leg, but we weren't sure where. When we got the call from the vet, we were shocked to hear that his lymph nodes were majorly swollen and his kidney levels of BUN was really high and his albumin was really low. Along with this, he had a lot of fluid on his right hock (ankle), so they wanted to admit him to the hospital, which we agreed to. After two days in the hospital, his kidney levels came down some and the vets there were ready to send him home. The doctors though, were still uncertain of what was wrong, but wanted us to get him rechecked the next Monday. This one visit alone was $3,200.
When we got him back on Friday, we had to start him on Pradofloxacin to fight any infection he may be having and Buprenorphine for his pain. We also noticed that he seemed to have ballooned when he was in the hospital, as he was much bigger than when we sent him in. But overall he seem to be okay, he was back to his playful self and was eating well and drinking water okay.
So then this past Monday (6/22), we took him to his primary care vet and they retested his kidney levels. They told me that his lymph nodes under his neck were about 3 times large than they should be and were causing him some trouble breathing but his lungs and heart sounded fine. Then they asked me if I had any questions I stated that he looked like he had gained a LOT of weight since before he was in the hospital. The vet examined him and said his weight was up to 10.4 pounds from 8.4, just five days before. They said he had about 2 pounds of fluid in his abdomen and took a sample of it to send to get a cytology report on. They then sent him home to wait for the test results. (Another $607).
Yesterday (6/23) they called me to say they got the results of the panel on his kidney levels and his albumin levels had dropped even more, but his BUN had come down somewhat. This, coupled with the fact that the fluid was clear and lacked cells, made them think that this may be a dysfunction of his liver. So they want me to take him tomorrow to get an ultrasound done of his liver and then potentially do more blood work to confirm a liver issue, which is another potential $500-$1000 before we even have a diagnosis of what this is.
For that reason, my wife and I are asking for your help. Any and all help that you could give would be greatly appreciated. Compounding this issue, our family is going to be moving from Virginia to Alabama in a little less than a month and we really don't have much more money to be able to spend. So if you are able, please consider giving to help our little kitty. He means the world to us and we cant stand to see him in any pain.
Our goal is currently $8,000. We have already spent close to $4,000 and we don't even have a diagnosis yet. Hopefully they can figure out what is going on and this GoFund me will allow us to be able to afford whatever treatment our sweet little baby needs.
Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.
Nikki and KC
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