Help Me Help Sunny (UPDATED) Update: there is no more need to give. Thanks to an overzealous vet who was only supposed to do an x-ray but took it upon himself to do a procedure before I okayed it, Sunny is dead, killed by anesthesia that was too much for her weak little body. Here's a fuller account.
I will write more about her later, when I can tell you the many good things about my dear little baby. Right now I can't. I am enraged.
Following: the original post. ________________________ Some of you might remember how my cat Artemis was sick a few years ago (and thanks to the help of friends, was made better). Well, she's still around, and she couldn't be healthier. You might remember my other one. And once again their sickness coincides with my poverty. My cat Sunny, whom I love dearly, has a lump on her neck that's been developing slowly over the last month or so. Now it's causing her to have breathing and eating problems, and all her habits have changed. She's obviously very ill, and scared. I live in Berkeley, and there is no such thing as an inexpensive vet here, given that she will also need tests to determine what the lump is. And I have no day job currently, and cannot afford to take her.
Sunny last fall after we first got to Berkeley.
This cat is my best friend and has seen me through some tough times. She's an unusually smart, polite and sweet cat that I owe a lot, and that usually is very calm and happy. I know that sounds silly and she's just a cat, but that's how I feel. She also used to belong to a friend of mine and so I feel doubly responsible for her. She's something good in the world, and precious to me.
Update: though more donations are still welcome because of whatever treatment might follow the tests I do know at present she'll need, the minimum that is needed has been reached and exceeded. Thank you to everyone. Sunny will be at a vet tomorrow morning. She hasn't gotten any worse in the past few days, fortunately, but she's still terribly thin and weak with no energy, and then there's that awful lump on her neck which is the cause of this. She's eating and has an appetite but she can't eat much for long because swallowing is uncomfortable for her. I've wet her food to help and that has, but not as much as I'd like. She's TRYING to do her usual routine and seems frustrated she can't, so I hope that's a good sign, because when cats are...let's say sicker than that, they stop doing anything and try to completely hide. I hope this is something they can fix. She's been very brave and patient. She's an unusually smart cat, so this is really scaring her, but she's being very good. Thank you again.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson