My doppleganger, Bella the cat. Ok, so we don’t actually look alike, but we do have something in common. Miss Bella, the cat, who belongs to my friend, Kimberly from She Scribes, can not get pet health insurance because she has preexisting conditions! This poor cat is a feline version of me! While she has not had intestinal surgery, she has had several life threatening conditions in her short two years.
I have been told by every insurance company I have contacted that they will not cover me due to my preexisting conditions of Type II diabetes, colitis, and other conditions. Bella’s existing illnesses include asthma, allergies, an enlarged heart and high blood pressure. Poor kitty!
Kimberly told me she has had Bella since she was 1 day old. She found her in a dumpster, and brought her home and fed her and took care of her. She was so tiny her entire body fit in the palm of Kimberly’s hand. The shelter didn’t think she would live because she was a runt. Her sister (who they also fostered) had to be put to sleep at 3 weeks old.
She usually has asthma attacks after she eats or has her medication. The vet says there is redness in her throat and she needs a scope test done to see if there is something deeper down. She takes thyroid medication. The vet is not 100% sure if she truly has an issue or not so she needs to have a test done on her thyroid to determine what is going on. Bella takes six pills a day, which is more than I take!
Kimberly just took Bella to the vet yesterday. The right side of her heart is enlarged. The vet also mentioned something about her blood pressure. So now she has to go to a special Cardiologist (vet) in NJ (Kim lives in NY) to give her another Echocardiogram, a Doppler, put a scope down her throat to check to see if there is anything causing a blockage, and have her thyroid tested to determine how much of a thyroid problem she has. The visit to the vet yesterday was $775, and the estimated cost of the trip to the kitty cardiologist is $1000.
Kimberly told me that there have been people who have told her to just put Bella down! That makes me really mad, because I know that Kimberly and other people who have pets think of them as members of their family. People who do not have pets just don’t understand that you don’t just put your pets down because they get sick. They are like members of the family, and you do whatever you can to make them well. I would hate to think that my family would euthanize me just because they can’t afford my medical care. Let’s join together, and help Kimberly afford to get her Bella well. If you want to make a donation, of any amount, just click on the paypal button. Bella thanks you!