Mocha is a 6 year old, american shorthair tortishelle, amazing cat that is the most affectionate being I have ever encountered. Sadly our sweet girl has had a rough life, going through numerous medical situations, it seems as though it is only going to get worse.
On September 2nd we noticed that Mocha was limping and not putting weight on her front right paw, we called our vet who told us to monitor it overnight . On September 3rd her paw was swollen and she was still not walking on it, so we brought her in to see the vet. They gave her some anti-inflammatory and antibiotics and told us to watch her for further signs of distress. A few days later and us watching her closely, we noticed that her paw was just becoming more and more swollen. On September 8th the top of her swollen paw had split open and she was obviously in an extreme amount of pain. We rushed her to the emergency vet by our house and they wisked her into the back and gave her some medicine right away.
They will be running bloodwork and biopsy and multiple other tests to try and figure out the cause of the swelling. This will be the second time that this has happened and the vets are all very confused as to the cause.
As a pet parent, you always want the best for your fur-babies and when you see something wrong or off about your pet and you bring to the vet, you are hoping that you're just over reacting and that nothing is actually wrong. Then when words start getting said like "feline lupus " and "amputation", you start to feel numb and question everything you have ever done for your pet.
Our poor little Mocha has been delt a bad hand and we are waiting on pins and needles to get the answers. The vet will be keeping Mocha overnight for a few days and the test results won't come back for 2 to 5 days.
Just for the tests and for the vet keeping her and the monitoring and medication she is receiving, it will be costing us $2,800 at the low end of the quote, high end is $3,500. This won't even cover any of the cost of further treatment that will be required.
Mocha is our everything, she was my very first pet, and our little family's first fur-baby. She has so much life to live still, we don't want to ever give up on her.
When my common-law boyfriend first decided to surpise me with a kitten almost 7 years ago, he never anticipated the love and joy that the kitten would bring to us. She was the oldest kitten available and no one was interested in her anymore with the younger kitties there as well. When he was sitting by the kitten pen trying to decide which one to adopt, little 5 month old Mocha walks over to him and puts her paw right on his face. He always tells people that he isn't a cat person and that he doesn't really like cats, but that he is a Mocha-cat person. That small gesture from that small kitten sealed the deal and she came home with him. The minute I walked into his house and saw that small kitty with a little pink collar on, I knew our lives would forever be changed for the better.
6 and a half years later and two moves, we still have our little family with two little dog additions, and there couldn't be more love.
We ask that you help us to reach our fundraising goal so we can continue to try and find the cure for our little girl, and to continue to pay for the testing and medication that she is going to need. I will post updates once the test results come back and we appreciate any love and healing hugs you can send Mocha's way.
Thank you for any help you can give.
Rachel and Damon ,
George and Benny (her dog brothers)