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Mocha's X-Ray

The vet thinks that Mocha was shot and that those white spots in the x-ray are bullets. She says that it is unlikely that the leg can be repaired and that it should be amputated. I asked about the cost of amputation. She made a call to a veterinary hospital in the area, and they estimated the cost at between $2,600 and $3,200.

Ack!

The vet asked me if I had good credit. "I can't go into debt over this," I told her.

I asked what would happen if we just left the bullets in place. She said that Mocha would be in perpetual pain. She suggested either amputation or euthanasia.

I called my mom in Berryville, Arkansas and asked her to call around to the vets in town and ask what it would cost to have a cat's front leg amputated. She made a few calls and got back to me with the answer: $300 - $400.

Fucking Maryland.

I have a court appearance on Monday here in Fucking Maryland, but on Tuesday morning I will put Mocha in the truck and drive to Berryville where I will get her attended to without selling myself into indentured servitude.

I had taken down the special PayPal donate button thinking that the money I had already raised would be more than enough to cover her care, and in Arkansas, it would have been. Anyway, I'm putting it back up. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Donation button removed 2 Feb 2011

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disgruntledgrrl
Jan. 21st, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
The credit the vet was probably going to offer you
Is Care Credit. It IS a credit card for vet use. When the cat in the icon came down with her mysterious ailment, a blood transfusion and the Xrays were too much.
I did still need donations and we did lose her (no one knows what was really wrong other than her blood simply stopped making oxygen). But it covered $1,000.
I'm still paying it off, but that's my own fault. Lot of ups and downs and they only wanted $20 a month back.
I'm so sorry this happened to Mocha. While amputation is terrible, at least it's an option.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: The credit the vet was probably going to offer you
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<iWhile amputation is terrible, at least it's an option. </i>

I've emailed the x-rays to the vet in Arkansas and asked if there is any possibility of saving the leg. A more complicated operation would be more costly, so I'll have to compare the vet's recommendation with available funds when I get to Arkansas. I'm really hoping she will be able to keep the leg, even if she doesn't have full use of it, but if it comes to amputation, I'll be glad that she's still alive.
my_window_seat
Jan. 22nd, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
I have Care Credit and I'm also paying down crazy vet bills. The bills suck, but it's a good resource in times like these.

I feel for you and I wish all the best for Mocha and for you.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
surreptitious
Jan. 22nd, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, poor kitty. I'm so sorry she has to go through this. Wish I could send more but I must take my own fuzzy monster in this week...I will try to boost the signal though.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for spreading the word and for your support. It means a great deal to me. I'll keep everyone posted on Mocha's progress.
ginmar
Jan. 22nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Boosted the signal and kicked in some money after my own kitty emergency. People who shoot cats.....!
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for helping and for helping spread the word. I've gotten donations from folks who don't know me from Adam but want to help a cat in need.
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aviv_b
Jan. 22nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Made a donation. I hope whoever did this rots in hell. I volunteer at a shelter that has several 3 legged cats - and they are happy and scamper around like nothing has ever happened to them.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
I've heard from several owners of three-legged cats who tell me that they do well and live full kitty lives. That makes me feel a lot better.
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cfchica
Jan. 22nd, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Made a donation; heard of this via cathouse_mary. Please keep us posted on Mocha's progress!
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for helping, and thank your to cathouse_mary, ginmar, shes_unreal, surreptitious and everyone else who helped spread the word.
flewellyn
Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Here via ginmar. Kicked in some.
pingback_bot
Jan. 23rd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
help the kitty
User shes_unreal referenced to your post from help the kitty saying: [...] Please help if you can, and spread the word if you can't. http://kmo.livejournal.com/480005.html [...]
cathouse_mary
Jan. 23rd, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Boosted the signal via Ginmar. I'll know better what the finances are on Monday.

You and Mocha are in my prayers tonight.
magista
Jan. 23rd, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Heard via ginmar; donated and hoping for a good outcome for dear Mocha.
echokillian
Jan. 23rd, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Saw a request for help posted by surreptitious and donated. Also spreading the word.
stormraider
Jan. 23rd, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Donated as much as I could afford right now. Will have a whip-round and see if I can come up with some more tomorrow.

I'm so sorry for Mocha. Gawd. I just want to vomit at the thought of someone hurting her and any cat. So many people in this country are complete sociopaths anymore - what the hell are the rest of us to do? Keep on keeping on, I guess. And helping each other as much as we can.

Crossing my fingers for the both of you.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Donated as much as I could afford right now. Will have a whip-round and see if I can come up with some more tomorrow.

Please don't donate any more. I very much appreciate the help you have provided. Thank you.
albalark
Jan. 23rd, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Here via atdelphi, and have added to the kitty. :-) Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mocha!
mippa
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
I'll see what I can muster up on my end. I have definitely boosted the signal both on Facebook and LJ.

I have two black kitties myself, so this just boggles the mind. If you ever find out who did it, save a piece of him for me to maim.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
I saw a group of surly looking teenage boys just up the street from where Mocha lives (I pay rent there but spend most of my time in Tennessee), and I was instantly suspicious of them, but I have no evidence (other than the bullets themselves), and really, I don't want to know who did it. The law would frown upon the sort of payback I'd like to dish out.

Thank you for helping.
tripleransom
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
I kicked in a few $$$ in memory of my own dear black cat, Shadow Man.

That fracture looks like it could be reduced. It might be more expensive than amputation, though. Might want to ask the vet in AK about that.

I have had two tripod kitties --one in back, one in front. They both got along fine. Good luck to you and Mocha.
kmo
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
I emailed the x-rays to the vet in Arkansas and expressed my hope that Mocha be able to keep her leg. We'll see what the vet thinks and what sort of funding I have for the operation on Friday. I'm encouraged by the assurances I've gotten about the quality of life that a three-legged kitty can enjoy.

Thank you.
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