Help Our Cat Houdini with Medical Expenses
Organized by: Ashley Drewes
Long story short, our cat Houdini is 11 months in age and going through some major medical expenses. Towards the end of April 2014 we noticed he just wasn't himself, brought him to the vet and basically found no answers he wasn't responding through antibiotics. We now have him at an animal hospital called MedVet where they are running a series of tests and we finally got our first break of good news last night when we went to visit him. We were expecting to say goodbye and put him down if he was in the same frail state we left him in, but were surprised to see an improvement in his body language and composure. We knew it wasn't his time and had hope. He had a blood transfusion and showed improvement. He just received a 2nd transfusion this morning and is starting to eat on his own - not a lot, but some. He is also regulating his own body temperature.
We love him dearly and only want what's best for him, but the medical expenses were unexpected and beginning to get overwhelming. We have maxed out our care credit account. We spent $1700 (I can prove), then the additional $1,000 go ahead was given this morning when we spoke to the doctor to continue the care and testing. To go forward we're looking at an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. We need the help. We adopted Houdini with the intent of him having a loving home and giving the best possible care. Please help us, help Houdini!
*** UPDATE 5/2 5pm ***
Eric called the doctor since he couldn't wait anymore to check on Houdini. It's definitely NOT a Liver Shunt so that's a good thing! They did a BUTT load of tests he said that's being sent off for the weekend so we probably won't get those results until Monday.
THE GOOD NEWS
Houdini is doing well, considering everything I mean. He had a 2nd blood transfusion earlier this morning. He is regulating his own body temperature currently since the transfusion. He is still responding, being alert and "perky" as we're calling it with the techs. He is also eating still - again, small amounts.
The vet sees an improvement and while he said there's still that chance it can be FIP, there's TONS of other things it could be and seeing the small progress is great news compared to everything else from where we started.
*** UPDATE *** 5/2 10:45pm
We just got home from another visit with Houdini. We just spent a few minutes with him since it was getting late. His 2nd transfusion is doing him well from what we're seeing. The tech who brought him in told us he is actually eating out of his bowl on his own. It's not a lot, but him eating, let alone on his own at the bowl is HUGE - at least to us considering he had stopped eating when we brought him in. Just last night they were holding food up to get him to eat and wasn't doing it on his own at that point.
Also, since it was just my husband and I this visit we took the smaller visiting room and let him on the floor so he could move and stretch a bit. He was having some trouble walking, but was doing pretty good considering the poor guy had a lot going on today between that 2nd transfusion and more testing and such. Also, the tech said he may still be a little sedated.
Obviously these are visuals and still need to hear with the recent blood work comes up with, but for our boy to showing so much improvement in our eyes - I can't tell you how happy it makes us. It's amazing how the smallest improvement makes our day.
It's always hard giving him back at the end of the visit because I want him home so bad, but I know he's getting the treatment he needs and is in good hands. I just hope we can get things taken care of soon so we can have him home - his fur family misses him too!
Thank you all again for the continued support. Believe me, every little bit, even the shares and prayers, are making an impact for us!
*** UPDATE *** 5/3 10:30am
I just heard from the doctor with an update! Houdini is doing about the same. He is still eating here and there but enough to get the nutrients he needs so we agreed to a feeding tube to see if that helps further his progress. Also he is using some heat therapy because of his temperature fluctuating a slight bit again. So please keep sharing his story abs praying for him.