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My little Toto
One busy Saturday night while leaving work I found a little note on the hood of my car; it said: "It sounds like a cat is under your car. We looked under your car but cant see it. Please check under the hood before starting your engine. good luck! hope you find it."
Confused I listened and heard a tiny frightened meow; I popped the hood of my car and there was this skinny, cold, frightened little kitten covered in oil and shivering. I picked her up into my arms and brought her home. When i got home I noticed that her back legs where burnt and her tail was not moving, so i took her to the pet hospital the next day. While filling out papper work they asked me for her name; I drive a Toyota so I decided on Toy and somehow we started calling her Toto. They told me that it is very common to get cold animals at night climbing into cars to get warm. The hospital was in love with Toto, they told me that it is very rare to have a orange taby cat be a girl. They also told me that her legs had gotten burnt, so i must have drove with her in my engine bay in the hood of my car. Every time i think of what I put her through that day makes me almost breakdown into tears. To think that i almost killed this precious little kitty hurts my heart. I promised to spend the rest of my life making it up to her. That is my promise to Toto and that is why i am writing this.
I have had Toto for over a year now and it has been so much fun seeing her grow and play. She is my best friend, my cuddle buddy, and best study partner. I couldnt imagine life with out her. 8 months ago I started to realize Toto drooling excessively every now and then. 6 months ago her drooling was something that would happen on a daily basis. 5 months ago she was still drooling and very luthargic. I did some research and I had found out that drooling can be a sign of pain for cats, so I took Toto straight to the hospital. The veteranarians had to take some samples and run some tests and when the tests came back they had told me that they had found blood and bacteria in her bladder. They sent me home with some anti-biotics and to bring Toto in two weeks for more testing. We treated her for 3 months and we got rid of the bacteria, but there was still blood. Then we had to give her an x-ray and the doctor saw no stone in her bladder; and they were still unsure about what was wrong with Toto.
Unsure on what is going on, the doctor sent me to a specalist. The specalist took an ultra sound on her and did some liver testing. He diagnosed her with a liver shunt and found a stone in her bladder. He explained to me that when we eat, our liver filters out toxins from our body. Toto's toxins have not been getting to her liver to be filttered out properly. Meaning every time she eats, her body gets full of toxins. Her body attempted on disposing of toxins through her urine causing her to end up with the bladder stone. She will need surgeries on both of these problems simaltaniously. If we do not fix the liver and put her under anesthesia she may never wake back up and if we dont take out the stone she will continue to have bladder infections. The two surgeries will be cost around $4000.
Not to long ago I quit my job and became a full time student. My savings have gone to Toto's treatments and health problems, but sadly they did not last long enough to cure her. I know Toto is a fighter and I cant give up on her now. I made her a promise I plan on keeping. I may not have the money, but I have to at least try to save her. She is my life and I can't imagine my life without her.
If you read this please keep us in your happy thoughts and if you can donate I would very much appreciate it.