About the Campaign
This young kitty has fluid build up in his chest.
There is a procedure to fix it,
but it requires a specialist and is expensive.
Alizar is a very active cat that has always loved jumping into high spots and exploring. A few months ago he missed a jump and fell from almost seven feet onto a hard floor. At first he seemed to shake it off, and was ok… but over the next weeks he developed a dry cough that slowly got worse. At first his owner Kristina thought it was a hairball, but as it got worse and more consistent she realized it was something more serious and took him to the doctor.
Alizar has Pleural Effusion, which is a build up of fluid in the chest. There are many reasons this can happen, such as various cancers or heart disease, but Alizar is only 2 years-old and has otherwise been healthy. These were tested for, but in the end ruled out. Alizar will need a CT-scan to determine the exact cause, but the specialist is confident it is from trauma, something inside is torn, most likely a lymph node, and it is leaking into the chest cavity. As this fluid builds up is squeezes the lungs and makes Alizar cough. Eventually there will be too much fluid and he will not be able to breathe. Kristina has already had to take him to the ER a number of times to have the fluid drained. So far she has spent over $3000.00 on his diagnosis and these treatments.
Alizar and Kristina:
Surgery can fix Alizar, but it is expensive. Kristina got him when she fostered a litter of 3 week-old kittens who lost their mother. All the others got adopted, but she kept Alizar. He followed her everywhere, and had a strong personality, which may have been part of what got him in trouble, along with some plain old bad luck. He’s just 2 years-old and surgery would save his life! Kristina is a full-time student, working part-time now to help pay for Alizar’s bills. But even those of us with a full-time job might struggle to pay the $3000+ she has already paid, not to mention the estimate of up to $9000 for his surgery!
All donations are paid directly to the veterinary for Alizar’s treatments only. Can you help him get the life-saving surgery he needs?
Original vet diagnosis and current surgery estimate (click to enlarge):