A few weeks ago I took my cat in for a routine check up, where I discovered he needed oral surgery that would cost me upwards of $1k. Before booking the appointment I consulted Dr.Google to see if there were any other options for dental care with cats, and what I discovered as the bottom line was that the answer is no, but I also discovered options to make the payment less painful.
One of the options was to create a GoFundMe account, something I had seen numerous times for a myriad of procedures. I tucked this information into the back of my mind, because I planned to pay the $1k out of pocket and call it a day.
Then something else happened.
I’m currently in Arizona, thousands of miles from home, and I received a call from my mom telling me she had to take him in because he was acting bizarre. Come to find out he has multiple bladder stones and one is stuck in his urethra. After bouncing between multiple emergency hospitals the end of the day total was over $5k.
Some people might say I’m crazy to shell out five thousand dollars for a cat, but when a member of the family needs help – you do whatever you can. He is too young to accept death as his fate, and recovery from this is probably. Euthanizing him to save the money would be the cheap route, but living with the remorse of taking his life because of a price tag would be a lifelong scar I choose not to carry.
I’m un-tucking the GoFundMe idea, and have created an account. I struggle with the idea of asking strangers for money for a cat they know nothing about, but this cat has saved me from endless trials in my life and it’s my turn to save him. If anyone out there reading this can find it in their heart to donate even $5, every penny counts.
This isn’t how I planned to spend my New Years Eve, but alas sometimes God has other plans.
Below you will find the link to my GoFundMe. Thank you to anyone who feels inclined to donate, and for those of you that can’t prayers are welcomed and appreciated.