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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:01 PM

my kitty has pneumonia *UDPATE with donation request*

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This is Einstein my beloved Maine Coon being readmitted to the vet hospital today. He stopped eating Sunday and was hiding out in the basement. So I took him in Monday night and they suspected a respiratory infection, gave him antibiotic shots and sent him home. I kept monitoring him and he showed no improvement. I wanted to rush him back but the vet said wait 48-72 hours. After no improvement and slimming down a lot he was taken back first thing this morning. He's normally a big boy at 23 lbs he went down to 19.5 lbs. Further exams concluded pneumonia and a 104į fever. No organ damage seen in x-rays he needs quarantined for now with a catheter, medications, and appetite stimulants to get his weight back up. He's a sad kitty normally he hates his carrier but made no fuss this time. Needless to say the cost will be high and terrible timing. I'm am currently job hunting as I'm going through a divorce which pulled me out of early retirement and I've been using time to help my mother's hospice care with stage 4 glioblastoma, which all occurred last month. Only February and 2020 just keeps kicking me in the groin. Einstein just turned 5 so he's still pretty young and healthy and well cared for so I'm optimistic for his recovery. He's strictly an indoor cat so I don't know how he would get infected, unless it was the groomer at the same vet just two weeks ago.

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Reply my kitty has pneumonia *UDPATE with donation request* (Original post)
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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:03 PM

1. I am so sorry

your kitty is beautiful I gave you two hearts one for you and one for your kitty

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:04 PM

2. I hope he gets better soon and I wish you the best in your search and in your life changes.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:05 PM

3. He looks just like my Tink.

My heart is with you both tonight. May he heal fully and quickly.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:06 PM

4. Aw, geez, when it rains it pours

Between you kitty, the vet bill, the divorce, and your poor mother, I donít know how youíre able to cope.

I wish you the best on all counts. Stay strong.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:11 PM

5. Set up a GoFundMe for the vet bill when you get it, and let us know about it. nt

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:13 PM

6. Vibes to your little guy and you for better times.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:16 PM

7. Aww, poor kitty!

I hope he's better soon and your life turns around. It always helps to have a kitty around.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:17 PM

8. I agree with the GoFundme page. I can donate a little. I am amazed at the costs

associated with keeping out fur babies healthy.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:22 PM

9. Rooting for Einstein to rally and DOG bless you for taking such good care of him and looking out

for your mom in hospice. You are going through and have been through so much. Kitty is in good hands. Yours and medicine which has saved many cats to go on to long lives.

Money anxiety is tough at a stressed time like this. Use all the support you can, reach out. Alert to gofundme when you get that up. May DOG or whoever is your power continue to give you strength.

❤️ Emma

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:28 PM

10. Thanks everyone I'll wait and see for now about funding

I did manage to get a temp position as a Census taker which starts next month so that will keep me afloat for a while. I needed to do something with flexible time as I'm in Ohio and my mother's in Florida so I've traveled back and forth a couple times already. Plus I'm using eBay and Craigslist to raise funds by selling off my stuff. The vet estimated just over $1k which isn't terrible but not great either. Nobody anticipates their pets suddenly needing hospital care so it's always bad timing. After my last one died in 2015 from Feline Hyperthyroidism I wanted to get pet insurance but kept putting it off.

Ironically I interviewed for a position at this same vet hospital last month. If I had been hired all this would have been covered for me.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:42 PM

11. Oh no! I'm so sorry!

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:52 PM

12. Oh, poor Einstein.

It is so scary, when one of my pets gets sick. I will Hold him and you and everyone else, in the light of goodness, healing and love. He is a beautiful boy. I hope that he gets much better, very fast, and come home and be his normal self. Please keep us on DU updated.

I love Maine Coons they have such a big personality. I got my son a Maine Coon, when he was 10. She passed a couple of years ago at 18 years old. She was such wonderful, quirky pet. She definitely loved him. When he came home on break, from college, she she strutted into the house with a flying squirrel, or glider and dropped at his feet. within seconds it was all over the house. she was right behind. Luckily for it, we caught it, with a shoe box, when it landed on the wall. We put it out side.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 11:08 PM

13. setup the gofundme and I'll kick in $50 for the vet...

I do cat rescues here in California... so this is just par for the course.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 11:20 PM

14. Hugs to you and Einstein, Dukkha

I love his tufted ears!

Its so hard when your fur kids get sick, and you feel helpless. Especially when money is tight, and you have other huge stresses going on. I feel for you. Been there.



Two years ago, our biggest Great Pyrenees had to have knee/stifle surgery. We found a great vet who did the operation for $900, when others wanted more than $3K. Now the big boy has blown out the other knee. In just this short amount of time, the cost has doubled to nearly $2K. They say its because the price of the meds have all gone up. What else can you do? Surgery scheduled for mid-March. Heavy duty pain pills till then. His weight has gone from 150 lbs, down to 128.

Even though its still much cheaper than human healthcare, maybe veterinary costs, and those pharma's, should be reined in as well.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 11:30 PM

15. He looks like he doesn't feel well at all.

I am so sorry for everything, Dukkha.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 12:45 AM

16. Serious prayers for his recovery. He might need a stronger antibiotic

Poor baby. I hope he is well soon.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:11 AM

17. Hang in there, Dukkha.

Take care of your mother and Einstein the best you can. Our loved ones are the important things in life.

Giving you a heart.

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 05:22 PM

18. Update and donations link

I just returned from the vet hospital Einstein's fever has been eliminated he's back to normal temperature. His weight went up a pound thanks to the catheter feeding. He's still weak and lethargic and needs to stay another day as his breathing is still a bit erratic at times.

He'll be picked up tomorrow and since I have to drive out of state in the morning I squared the bill today with was $1235. I was reluctant to do crowdfunding, but it's more for Einstein than me to ensure he stays longer and fully recovers so I started a GoFunMe for him.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/einstein039s-pneumonia-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

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Response to Dukkha (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 05:40 PM

19. K&R and done.

Best wishes with your current struggles, Dukkha. You're not alone as we're going through a rough patch as well but together in DU, we'll make it!

Please give us an update on Einstein and your other dilemmas when you feel it's appropriate.

KY.............

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Response to Dukkha (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 11:01 AM

20. Nice to hear Einstein is better

and good to see the response to your GoFundMe.

I had to take Snowy, my almost 14 yo dog, to the Emergency Animal Hospital for a 24 hour stay two weeks ago and came out of that with an $1100+ bill. These fur babies can sure run up the health care bills when they get sick!

Snowy is now much better and back to her normal self.

Hope Einstein continues to improve. Antibiotics are wonderful!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 05:52 PM

22. Thanks glad your snowy is better

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Response to Dukkha (Original post)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 04:57 PM

21. Einstein is home now



He's feeling better resting on the bed but not in the clear yet. He's still lethargic and not eating as well as he should. He'll require meds three times a day and will go back for a follow up Thursday. THANK YOU to everyone who has helped with his support it is much appreciated as he has to return again.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/einstein039s-pneumonia-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

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