Muks was a feral kitty that somehow ended up in a shelter. Luckily, he was adopted as a companion for an elderly man who needed some company. Every day they would sit in the sun together. Unfortunately, his owner passed away and nobody wanted him. The landlords were sending him back to the shelter.
I lived next door and was afraid no one would adopt him and he would be euthanized. So I adopted Mukluk. He is the sweetest cat and I adore him. Then, I was diagnosed with cancer and had 5 surgeries in one year. Mukluk has been a loyal companion and spent much of his time at my side while I recuperated. He has entertained me and comforted me through some very rough times. And he gave me the motivation to get out of bed on days I didn't feel like it.
Recently I noticed that one of his eyes was staying dialated. I took him to the Vets who did a blood test and sent us to an ophthalmology veterinarian. They diagnosed it as uveitis and prescribed some medication. On our followup visit they diagnosed it as glaucoma and a cataract.. More meds. More tests. Full bloodwork sent to the lab. The tests came back as a 4+ positive for Bartonella.
The Opth-vet prepared me with the news that this eye was becoming too painful and if it couldnt be controlled by meds, the eye would have to be removed. Over the weekend it got worse and he appeared to be in pain. We went back to the vet who put a fentinyl patch on his foot and scheduled surgery for Wednesday. The patch woked for a few days, but the night before his surgery he was in a lot of pain. I stayed up all night with him, though there was very little I could do to comfort him. The next day he had surgery to remove his eye. When I picked him up, he looked pretty bad. Big stitches shutting his eye closed and a large hematoma on his face. Both arms shaved where the IV went and some bruising.
I need help paying for his past vet bills, surgery and follow-up care. It is important to keep watch on his good eye, since they do not know what caused this in the eye he lost. Any help, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.
I was uninsured when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was financially devastating in every way. I am an artist and jewelry maker and am happy to offer some pieces as perks in exchange for your kind donations. I will also post updates and more photos of Muks.