This adorable and precious goober you see here is Owen, and he’s my best friend. Owen has been by my side since I was seven years old; he’s always made sure I was happy and never lonely.
Whenever I was ill, he’d curl up in my bed and watch over me as I slept. If I had a bad day with depression, he’d always keep close in the same room and tolerate any snuggles and cuddles I’d scoop him up for. If I tried, he would let me bury my wet, snotty face in his fur and purr his precious heart out until I was feeling better.
In turn, when I went to college, it was my bed he would retreat to back home when he was sick. My room he’d sleep in and my room he’d seek comfort in. When I was able, I’d even skype-call back home and get to see this lovable little guy react to me being on a screen with delightful confusion and adorably close shots of his nose.
Now, he needs my help, and I’m scared, because the numbers are going up and up and I’m struggling to keep up with him.
Today, he needed a shot for an antibiotic (he’s been sick for a few weeks) and some blood tests to further diagnose his Heart Arrhythmia which was noticed last week during his last vet visit. Things are happening hard and fast. The vet (from today’s visit, the day I am writing this) is very adamant we take him in for an echo-cardiogram, but unfortunately, that requires a specialist who is only in town a handful of times each week – and a very hefty bill.
The echo-cardiogram for a pet runs $400-$500 for the test and results. The vet bill today was just shy of $300. This is before I even begin to think about what will follow once we have a treatment plan.
Right now, all I can say is that I’m terrified and I don’t know how to get this money. I didn’t expect this to happen so suddenly, but Owen means the world to me. He is the best friend I ever could have asked for and grown up as a loving, doting presence at my side.
I come now to you asking for help to keep my cat’s precious heart and life healthy and safe. Right now, I can’t begin to guess if my current goal is low-balling it with what’s to come, but right now, I just want to try and make sure I can afford what I KNOW is coming.
If anyone is able to help, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I know Owen does as well.
Thank you for reading my story.