Talked to the vet again, at much greater length, and I have my feet under me, I think.
Here's what we are looking at:
EXPENSES 6-12 MONTHS
$120 for the next round of bloodwork, either in 12 months or if he starts declining again, whichever comes first.
$100 for in-office euthanasia if necessary (I always want to have this amount on hand, even if he seems totally okay)
$60 for tending to his body respectfully.
$120 for what I think should be 3 months' worth of dry AND wet foods, and kidney-safe treats. (I'm having trouble with this math, since I don't know exactly how many servings are in this bag, or how much he will eat.)
$70 for his regular anxiety meds and lysine treats.
= $470 as a cushion against the most likely expenses over the next year or so, plus the non-negotiable meds and food, and the mercy fund in case he needs to be put to sleep.
$230 for an "optional" X-ray, which I very much want to get so we can check for other things like tumors. I REALLY want this quite badly, but it IS optional.
$400 for a full-body clean at Skulls Unlimited, like I did for Tazendra. This is genuinely
optional. I'm not expecting this. Just the skull is $60.
= $630 extra, for stuff that would be good or cool to have.
TOTAL, that would be $1,100.
doable with a head start and help from y'all.
If you are comfortable donating a few bucks outright, I take paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want something concrete, I will be posting some art stuff, listing some ponies on eBay, and maybe
taking some small art commissions. I will try to get that stuff up on Monday, as well as bumping this post.
I am very optimistic after my talk with our vet today. I have a lot of hope, and overall this isn't looking too bad right now. I just want to build up a cushion so that we can keep him safe.
Thank you all for your kind words of support, which have been worth my stupid cat's weight in gold. It's good to see that there's hope. <3
Thank you for having my back, and his.
Here he is being stinky and beautiful:
He says thank you. <3