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I would like you to meet my cat, Rex. He is a 14 year old Siamese mix black cat with white patches on his chest and belly. We've had him since he was a kitten. We adopted him and his brother, Cody way back in 2009. They were named after Clone Troopers from Star Wars. Sadly, Rex's brother, Cody passed on April 1st of 2023 from heart complications. And shortly after Cody's passing, Rex started having issues too.
We took Rex to the vet and found out that he had Kidney Disease - Stage 3 to be exact. We've been doing everything we can to make him feel his best. Even if he might not think so. We started him on a renal prescription food, give him subcutaneous fluids every night, and give him an appetite stimulant every few days to keep any nausea at bay and to help him keep up his appetite.
Over the last week and a half, Rex has developed a sniffle. No runny nose or discharge, but it sounds like he needs to blow his nose - but how do you tell a cat to do that? So, off to the vet we go again, they check him out and give him an antibiotic shot and send us on our way. A couple days later the vet's office calls to check on him and he's not doing any better. The congestion isn't going away. So, Plan B - The Vet thinks it might be related to dental issues, but we need to do X-rays to confirm, as well as a full blood panel, and he could use a teeth cleaning anyhow. We do have the Senior Paws Healthcare plan for him which covers several things, however this current blood panel isn't covered this time (only 1 a year) and this will be his second panel this year. Ouch. And it's not going to cover all of the expenses. Double Ouch. Unfortunately, if the Vet's assumptions are correct and he has a dental infection and requires not only the cleaning, but also extractions - it's going to get very expensive. Well, more than we can cover at the moment. So I'm starting a donation fund for those who would like to help us help Rex get the care he needs so that he can live out his golden days without pain and congestion.
We're hoping to raise anywhere from $1,500 to $1,700 - which is the quote we received from the Vet's office. It may not seem like much to some, but to us - it's more than we have. If you can help, any amount, we'd greatly appreciate it. If you are unable to help monetarily, please share this with your followers who may be so inclined to help an older kitty out. Thank you for caring and taking the time to read Rex's story and help. We sincerely appreciate it.
Jenn, Paul, Rex, and Echo