If you have a dollar or two to spare, please consider sharing some of your wealth with a little cat who has none.
My friend Carrie’s sweet tabby cat Simon needs dental surgery. Carrie rescued him from a small rural shelter and nursed him back to health. At the time, Simon was covered in fleas and scabs, and had no home to call his own. Carrie saved him.
Simon needs dental surgery because he has stomatitis, a disease where his immune system attacks and destroys his own teeth. To be healthy again, Simon needs his teeth pulled. This is a simple, but expensive, surgery.
Simon has some serious teeth problems. Vets have suggested he has Stomatitis, a syndrome in which a cat’s immune system attacks their own teeth. Their gums become inflamed and it is incredibly uncomfortable. I have bounced between various veterinarians hoping to find an affordable answer, and although we have used shots to temporarily relieve him, the ultimate answer is the removal of several (if not all) of his little cat teeth.
I, like many college graduates in their early-mid twenties, have a large handful of student debt but make practically nothing. I recently started a carecredit account in hopes of removing Simon’s teeth through credit… and then I had my own dental emergency, so my carecredit is now almost completely full.
Simon has been with me since college. I was having a rough time and sought out a snuggly cat to help and be helped. I found him on petfinder.com, drove out to a small shelter in the middle of nowhere and fell in love with him immediately. He cost practically nothing and was covered in fleas & scabs. Now, he is scab/flea/earmite-free but his teeth have gotten worse. He still snuggles and acts happy, but his drooling, wheezing and sneezing is worrisome, and although shots have temporarily relieved the pain/symptoms for him in the past, his veterinarian strongly recommended dental work on our last visit.