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Tiger's Medical/Diabetes Care

Organized by: Byron Clark

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THE STORY:

Words really can’t describe our 13 year-old cat Tiger or his incredible personality. He has given us so much daily joy, whether it's a lick on the forehead, his trumpeting meow welcoming you as you enter the door, or just a long happy stare that seems to make the wild cries of our young boys a little more tolerable. He's the kind of cat that will become a stranger’s friend minutes after entering the house. We almost lost him last weekend. He was diagnosed advanced diabetes, and in treating his diabetes, our vet also determined that he has kidney and cardiovascular disease. The fluids they were giving him to treat the kidneys and diabetes began impacting his heart condition and our vet was no longer able to treat him; he had to be transferred to the ICU at an animal hospital. They told us he might not even survive a night at the animal hospital. He ended up making some slow improvements, and after 2 nights and 3 days of critical care, he was stable enough to come home. Care at the animal hospital was incredibly expensive; the bill came to $2,800. We have an additional $1,600 bill for the care he received for two days at our family vet’s office. In addition to these bills, the insulin he has shown the most improvement with is $300/vial, even with the online coupon. We were already struggling financially. My wife and I are both educators and we’ve got two small kids. Every month is struggle, but we usually find a way. His medical bills and the ongoing costs of his diabetes are taking our struggles to a whole new level. We’re still trying to recover from the vet bills we had caring for our elderly dog who passed away in January. Our dog and Tiger came home from the humane society on the same day, and when our dog’s health took a serous decline in December, Tiger was one of her #1 care givers: licking/cleaning her ears, trying to snuggle with her, and staying close by her side. We’re at a point though where all we can do is ask for help. We’re grateful that we were even able to qualify for enough credit so he could stay at the hospital. He hasn’t been home long, and his prognosis was pretty grim, but he is comfortable, gaining some weight and making some slow improvements. Every time we have gone into the vet’s office to get his blood sugar checked since he has been home, everyone in the office is anxious to see him and hear how he is doing. Even though they only got to see the sick Tiger, he still found a way to charm the entire vet’s office. Any financial help we can get would mean so much for us.

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