The day before Patches died the engine in the Focus crapped out. Something in the range of 4k to fix so he's sending it to auction hoping his fame will bring about more money than what it's worth (scrap) to pay off the rest [of] the loan.
Two weeks later, he claimed that he couldn't afford cat medicine, so a fan organized a fundraising effort to ship medicine directly to Chris, over Chris protesting that he would prefer money, only to find out from Chris's vet that Chris already had the medicine in his possession.
In October 2018, Chris took three wild kittens into his home. The lot of them had conjunctivitis, for which he went to a vet and acquired medicine. Chris then decided to scam his audience by claiming the cats need medical attention and that he can't afford to pay, inciting a controversy which led to people repeatedly calling Animal Control to visit him, and a fan to donate pet medication. It was later found that Chris had lied about the financial emergency.