Help save my emotional support pet

I have struggled with anxiety and depression for the majority of my life. Because of this I have been on many medications, and my family has had to pay an ungodly amount to keep me on them. When I started to worsen in November 2018, we decided that we couldn't afford to put me on another medication, so instead we started looking for an emotional support pet. 

We looked for a long time but could never find a cat that fit our needs. Eventually we decided to start looking at kill shelters, but didn't have very high hopes. The lady who was working there took one look at me, and immediately knew what I needed. She took me to a cage that had a small orange cat in it. She told me that the cat was 5 years old and no one had wanted her, so they were about to put her down. The moment she opened the cage, the cat jumped into my lap and curled up there. I held her in silence, and knew right then and there that this was my cat. We took her home and it was the best decision I have ever made. 

We named her Chloe, and my parents dubbed her a gift from God. She never got any training, yet still knew exactly what I needed when I needed it. She would cuddle me when I was sad, lick my face when I cried, hiss at my mom when she yelled at me, and even jumped into the shower once to comfort me when I was crying. I love her more than anything else on earth, and would take a bullet for this cat. 

On 10/10/2020 Chloe got severely sick out of no where. I panicked and begged my parents to take her to the emergency vet. Thankfully my mother relented and we drove to the vetrinary hospital. The vet told us the worst possible news. Chloe had a fever of 105, her white bloodcell count was high along with her protein and globulins. The vet said that the only cause for this would be if she had FIP or some form of cancer. Both of these conditions are very life threatening. They told us that if we took Chloe home that night, she most likely wouldn't be around much longer. 

The cost for keeping her in the hospital is very high. Currently we are standing at 1,400 dollars (which is for a single day), and while we have been able to take her home a few hours ago, we still need to take her to our normal vet and do a lot of testing to figure out what is causing this. We have no idea how much this will cost. I can't afford this. We are at the point where if we can't figure out a way to pay for this, we will have to take our chances and just hope it doesn't happen again. This is not an option, since the fear of not knowing what is making her sick is literally eating me up inside. 

I'm not ready to say goodbye. It's not her time yet. I still need her, and the idea of living a life without her is breaking my heart. It kills me to do this, because I always thought that I would never need to beg people for money, but I can't do this on my own. PLEASE help me save my baby. She means the entire world to me, and losing her just isn't an option. 


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MacKenzie Semple 
Apex, NC

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