Ladies, gentlemen, and variations thereupon... muggles and wizards alike... we are Brad and Hillary, and we're here to beg for your money. But first, allow me to introduce you to the world's greatest snuggler:
This is Smeagol. What a little nugget. In spite of the fact that he was a free addition to our home (read: in our price range), his lifestyle (read: health) has gotten a little more costly (read: way out of our price range).
Like your average feline companion, he loves to lounge in the sun while plotting revenge, sit on your lap to exhibit his elevated social status, and give sandpapery kisses for hours. Literal honest to f*cking god hours.
Now that you love him so much, we're gonna make you sad!
A keen observer may have noticed at this point that Smeagol isn't exactly your "average" cat. You see, Smeagol... is sick. Right now, our little furless friend is hurting.
The good news: He's going to pull through!
The bad news: When all is said and done, the treatment will cost $5,300.
Like most emergencies, this happened rather unexpectedly (unlike suprise parties (which also happen unexpectedly), this was unnerving, upsetting and honestly a little gross (okay, so like the same as a surprise party, then I guess)). We noticed a trail of blood on the carpet (again, like a surprise party) and it lead us to Smeagol. So we took him to Emergency. They took an x-ray and an ultrasound, and determined there was a blockage in his bladder. Without prompt treatment a blockage can be fatal, so we had no choice but to admit him to hospital.
That ultrasound revealed the mass causing the blockage, which could have been a polyp, cancer, or a number of other things. They recommended we take him to a specialist. In the meantime, they would catheterize him, administer fluids, and attempt to flush his system. Tests came back revealing he was fighting a severe infection, so he began a regimen of antibiotics that he will continue for another 4-6 weeks. Other medications were given to relax his urethra and prevent it from spasming (poor kitty was straining to pee, but also leaking).
Smeagol gets cold easily (as you can imagine), so the emergency vets made him a little mummy-sweater out of gauze.
After bringing him to the emergency room associated with the specialist, they found the infection in his bladder had spread to his kidney and upped his dose of antibiotics. He was recatheterized under anaesthesia, and was passing bloodclots after he woke up.
Smeagol just ended his fourth and final day in the care of emergency services. His symptoms have begun to clear, and he just got home with a bag of prescription food and medications.
If everything goes well, Smeagol will be a happy, healthy kitty in about a month. However, if things don't improve, he'll need to have PU surgery (don't google image search that). We're trying to avoid that by caring for him as best we can, but we need your help!
As two twenty-somethings already struggling with debt, a sudden $5300 expense is a little out of reach for us. But a little bit of help would go a long way in helping us and Smeagol. With a donation as small the price of a cup of coffee (or the price of a Russian escort, if you're feeling generous), you can help Smeagol pee again. Pain free. It won't hurt you at all when he pees!
Our biggest concern is the timeline we have to pay back the loans for his care: sixth months. In 30 days, our first payment is due. We're hoping that enough people will love this fugly mug to help us knock this debt out entirely. We just want to make sure Smeagol is happy and warm and stays healthy.
Since this isn't like kickstarter, you won't get rewards for your contributions. However, we can share with you an outdated website dedicated entirely to Smeagol, the things he does, and his two roommates (spoiler: they're also cats).
When he is healthier, we can update with new pictures and you can see how happy you've made him!
The tiny lives under our supervision are very important to us, and we appreciate any assistance you are willing to offer. Thank you for caring about our weird little friend.
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