Late last year, a film that starred a cat named Fluffy as well as Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss was released. It was titled Listen Up Philip. I know this because my attempts to interview someone involved with the makings of the flick went cruelly ignored at the time — a particularly perturbing situation being that I really like cats and it’s almost like they named the movie so that it would speak to me. Nevertheless, I’m going to embrace a forgiving stance here because it’s transpired that Fluffy has gotten sick and needs help.
Yep, it’s crowdfunding time.
According to Fluffy’s owner, the writer and director Alex Ross Perry, the details of his situation are as follows: In June of last year, Fluffy began to suffer nosebleeds which then begat breathing issues. This 10-year-old black-and-white thespian was then diagnosed with having a tumor in his nose. A course of radiation and chemo came next, and Fluffy went into remission — although now the veterinary bills need paying.
Anyone who’s experienced the “numbers” given by a vet when it comes to a sick cat will empathize with Alex’s explanation on the GoFundMe page when he admits, “The treatment plan we signed up for was unaffordable; we knew that at the time but couldn’t live with Fluffy suffering loudly at home any more.”
He adds, “It is because of this that we have to ask for help and support in paying for Fluffy’s treatment. I have never asked for crowdfunding of any kind — never for any of my films or anything.”
Visit Fluffy’s crowdfunding page if you want to help this feline trouper.
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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.