Life for Leo
Organized by: Wendy Schwartz
My name is Wendy and I'm a mom with one 12 year old son. We have one 3 year old cat named Leo who we love very much. Unfortunately, he has Bladder Disease/Cystitis that he will have for the rest of his natural life. We found this out in February 2016 when we had to rush him to the Emergency Care at our local Vet. Leo had a urinary blockage which is life-threatening and results in a fast and painful death if not treated. We authorized the Vet to unblock him which cost us nearly $2,000. Sadly....after staying in Emergency care a few days, he blocked again. Another $2,000 to unblock him and save his life. At this point, the only recommendation is "PU Surgery" which widens the urethra and helps to prevent additional blockages, but doesn't eradicate the Bladder Disease that causes it to happen. So at this point, we understood that Leo would have bladder infections, cystitis, and be in danger of kidney stones and "crystals" forming in his bladder forever. We authorized the "PU Surgery" and after 10 costly, emotional days...he was finally ready to come home. We owed the Vet well over $5,000 for the cost of his 24-hour Emergency Boarding and the PU Surgery. This took ALL of the savings I had for my son and I to move into another apartment. We need to move because our landlord is selling our building and raising the rent to a price we cannot afford. Now we have to move....but all of my savings are gone. Leo has unfortunately already gotten another Cystitis-related infection and I had to take him to the Vet twice again just this week to the tune of $600.00 and $100.00 in at-home pain medication so far. Leo also needs a prescription diet and is expected to have these infections in the future and will need regular check-ups, medication, and preventative care. While I spent much more than $4,000 on saving his life...I am asking for donations to help pay off the Veterinary Bills so that I can try to scrape together the money for a security deposit on a new place since we still have to move and find an affordable place in the next 4-6 weeks. Leo is a beloved member of our family and there was no question as to whether or not to save his life. We love him with all of our hearts, but the cost of saving him was very high. Any donations to help keep Leo healthy and pay off some of his Veterinary Bills would be amazing to help my son and I keep our best friend and still manage to get by in a tough situation. Even if you choose not to donate to our beautiful kitty, thank you for taking time to read our story.