Army Vet needs help saving Sheldon the cat.

For: Sheldon "Romeo" Cash
Santa Clara, CA
Organizer: Barbara Cash
$900
of $4,600 goal.
Raised by 10 donors
19% Complete
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The Story

Not that long ago I swore to defend the people of the United States at any cost... up to and including my own life. I'm hoping that in return a few of those strangers will please help me save a life that means the world to me.

During my time in the Army I couldn't wait to come home and adopt an animal. Before I was fully unpacked I found myself at a shelter adopting one of the older kittens. I absolutely fell in love with Phnx and was heart broken when he developed cancer in his paw a year later in 2011. Phnx's story has a happy ending because at the time I was able to use money I had saved in the Army to fund his $8,000.00 surgery and post care. Once he was back to health I decided to rescue another shelter kitten to lift his spirits with companionship. Phnx's little brother Sheldon has been a blessing not only in bringing Phnx back to his pre-cancer self but also he has brought so much to me emotionally. I'm not a mother yet but I consider these two little guys my babies and they really keep me going through hard times. I would do anything to keep them happy and healthy.

That brings us to our current situation. I came home last week to find Sheldon laying on my floor motionless, breathing very rapidly and making horrific sounds that I hope to never hear again. I immediately took him to an emergency animal hospital. It was found that his little bladder was full nearly to the point of rupture from a blockage in his urinary tract. I was asked to apply for credit to admit him for a two night stay and a list of expensive procedures totalling $4,600.00. My only options were to apply for the credit, bring him home to die a painful death or put him down to end his suffering. I signed up for the credit and went home leaving him in the care he needed. I was able to visit him the next day and despite being attached to an I.V. and catheter he was still his sweet loving self.

The following day I was allowed to bring him home but unfortunately his paw soon reached over double in size. It turns out my little Sheldon has what is not unlike a human allergy to latex. Aside from this being painful it made him completely immobile. The only way for Sheldon to avoid his bladder becoming obstructed again was to drink plenty of water and try to use his box regularly as soon as possible. On top of his medical bills I had to take off time from work to stay home and help him do everything from carrying him to the litter box, giving him multiple medications and keeping a warm compress on his mega foot. His paw has returned to normal size and he seems to be doing much better as of right now. He's still having to strain to go to the potty but his spirits seem up and from time to time he plays with Phnx.

Tonight I am incredibly thankful to have been able to save both Sheldon and Phnx of their health complications. I know that many people who adopt kittens wouldn't even consider going into debt or paying for surgery but these guys are my heart. The burden of this direct hit to my financial situation is not something I was prepared for and I have no idea how I will ever repay it. I was told about this site by a friend and am trying to share Sheldon's story in hopes someone will help. Its not just the stress of the debt but I am terrified I may still lose Sheldon and this will have all been for nothing. If Sheldon's bladder does become blocked again because he was set back by the swelling in his paw... I will not be able to save him again without someone's compassion.

If you can't afford to help please pass this along or share it on facebook. Anything will be greatly appreciated.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 25, 2015

Posted on August 25, 2015

Sheldon is doing much better at this point. He has been affectionate and playful the last few days. He likes his new food but still hasn't put any of his weight back on. He's using the potty more normally but still seems to have some irritation. I'm hoping that he is going to be 100% back to his usual charming self soon. I am relieved to know that if he does re-block it isn't the end of the road thanks to everyone's sharing.

Posted on August 22, 2015

Posted on August 22, 2015

This afternoon when I came home from work I found my little guy in distress once again. I assumed after my conversation with the nurse last night that I he had lost his battle. I took him in expecting the absolute worse but tonight he is doing a little better. His Vet was able to get him to clear his bladder without another costly admission. He even came home with some new prescription food samples to try to encourage him to eat again. Great news!!! He ate half a can (more total than he has in a week) and seems to be feeling like his usual cuddle bug self. I am so thankful to everyone that has helped us.

Posted on August 21, 2015

Posted on August 21, 2015

Tonight Sheldon is on the decline. He has not eaten or produced more than a few drops of urine since yesterday. I spoke to a nurse at the hospital he stayed at and was told that he should have recovered fully days ago and that his situation is looking "worst case scenario". I asked what my options where and it was explained to me that he needs to be readmitted in order to clear his secondary blockage. I simply cannot afford to do this. I gave his a dose of his pain medication and am hoping if he relaxes he will clear his bladder. At this point he will likely have to be put down tomorrow night if I cannot find help.

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