Skip to comments.Vanity: I have a dilemma regarding my cat
Posted on 06/28/2006 9:00:54 PM PDT by Huntress
Dear FReeper animal lovers:
I have a dilemma regarding my cat and could use some advice. I have had Norman the cat for six years and he is a very beloved pet and companion. He got sick this morning, and my vet says he must have surgery or he will die. Here is the problem: the vet quoted me a price of $1800 (yes, $1800) for Norman's treatment; this includes what he has already done in an attempt to cure the cat without surgery, the surgery itself, and care after the surgery. $1800 is a tremendous amount of money but still within the bounds of what I can afford (barely). If I pay for the surgery, it is going to hurt financially. If I have the vet put Norman down, I think I will feel guilty about it forever.
My parents and many of my friends think I'm out of my mind for even considering spending this much money on a cat. What would you do if you were me?
Figures a dog would say that.
I'm a cat owner and cat lover. Always have been. I would elect to be compassionate and put the cat down. You have to think of the living, too.
ROFLOL. On a serious note I spent around 900 on our Lab to keep him around for another year and a half.
Spend the money. You'll know as you start writing the check whether it is the correct thing to do. You may or may not save the cat, but if you can't let him go, then you can't let him go.
How will Norman take the surgery? Will that and the recovery be painful?
Take the cat to another vet.
Don't know where you live, but try to get an opinion from a farm vet, one who works on livestock as well as dogs and cats. The city poodle specialists take themselves way too seriously, as they count on gullible folks who will pay any price to save Fifi.
No one should let their emotions get them into debt over a pet.
Having had to have a beloved dog put down, I can understand what you must be feeling. However, for $1,800 you can get yourself quite a few nice, young, healthy cats, who will never be an adequate replacement, but who will be stalwart companions just the same.
If it makes you feel better, make a donation to a local animal rescue shelter in Norman's name.
P.S. Brace yourself for a bushel of tasteless Chinese restaurant jokes on this thread.
Maybe I'm not the one to answer this because, of course, my answer is: help your baby get well. (mine are both doing fantastic, BTW)
One of my other cats had emergency surgery at 6 weeks old (try to find a pediatric vet) to remove a bowel obstruction: ~$1200
I don't know what the vet says is wrong with your cat, but the price seems high.
According to the vet, the surgery will completely fix the problem, and he will have no lasting ill effects.
I am a major animal lover, but 1800 is very steep. If this is a broken bone kind of issue, put the animal out of its misery. If this is some kind of medical . . . put the animal out of its misery. You might try some kind of less invasive therapy that is cheaper, but a long shot at best. All my prayers, Diane
You write that you consider your cat a beloved companion and that you would feel guilty if you put it to death; I think you already made your decision.
What is the surgery for?
I've been in that situation with a couple of cats. The one thing you have to ask your vet, and hopefully they are really trustworthy, is what are the chances for the cat after surgery.
If the prognosis is less than 50% then let the animal be at peace and put them down. If the animal is going to fully recover and live another 5-10 years, then hell yes, get it done.
Dear Pukin Dog,
It was a joke.
I couldn't resist.
So sue me.
Some vets use Care Credit. Might be an option?
A few years back we had the same decision to make when our cat needed treatment. We had no other available credit, but I worked out a payment plan directly with the vet. The cat completely recovered, but he's a lot more starved for attention. We joke that he knows he's down to eight lives. The debt has long since been paid off, and the cost seems irrelevant now.
The state of Alaska spent $40,000 restoring ONE sea lion to health after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. When they released it back into the sea, with fanfare and children watching, it was quickly eaten by a killer whale.
Get a new cat.
That is a worm on the line. I am a nurse.
Can you get a loan? Credit Unions will loan you the amount you have on deposit. That may make it easier financially.
He has a urinary tract obstruction. The vet has tried twice to dislodge it without surgery and is going to try one more time in the morning before removing it surgically. My vet's prices are on the high side, but I have been taking my cats to him for years and trust his judgment.
Not enough information.
What is the presumptive diagnosis and what is the proposed surgery that will allegedly save the cat's life?
(I am not a real veterinarian and I do not play one on TV but I am a real M.D.)
I have to say only you can make the choice, but you already knew that. You're looking for other opinions, so don't feel you have to give one more weight than another, since yours is theo nly one that matters.
I personally think $1800 is criminal to spend on a pet's health since there is no guarantee it will survive, PLUS you've said it will be a burden financially.
I think people put far too much emotional investment into their pets, when they could use that time to relate to human beings. (And yes, I have had many pets.)
If you had the money to spend on this, or on a bigscreen TV or something else, there wouldn't be an issue. But you don't.
The question comes down to how much it will be a financial burden, and are you willing to suffer that burden. Five months from now when you're eating peanut butter for lunch AGAIN will you be glad you made that choice?
The question isn't about the cat's quality of life, but YOURS.
Good luck on making a decision that's right for you.
I have two dogs who are valuable and beloved companions.
I love them, but they are animals.
If I were facing your decision I would separate myself emotionally and consider what the financial cost would be.
The bottom line for me would be that, while I have a responsibility to take care of the animals I own, my much, much heavier duty is to the humans who are affected by my financial well-being.
Unless I could easily afford such an expensive surgery I would hug my little dog, make him as comfy as possible, tell him I love him, hold him in my arms, and have him put down by the vet - which, by the way, is very fast and painless for the animal.
As far as feeling guilty goes, I would remember the good times and the love and affection shared with my beloved pet, and know that I'd taken the best care of him I could, within reason.
Several years ago, we spent about $1800 on three cat surgeries -- one cat had two, the other had one. The cats were otherwise healthy (an important factor in our decision) and both are still with us. I'm not the big cat lover in the family, buy I'm glad we did it.
????? The vet is ripping her off? Is that what you mean?
That is the same surgery my 6 year old female had last year. She's spunky as h*ll now and rules the roost over the other two. And no further problems. Just our story.
to everything there is a season
a time to sow
A time to reap
a time to live
a time to die......
sometimes it's just dyin time, you can cry on my virtual shoulder if you want, you got friends here
Put the cat down.. Find a needy family give them $100 or more.. (as a gift).. Go to the city shelter get/save another cat..
So far you're the only one who's mentioned Chinese restaurants, in the context of warning her about the rest of us.
I'm truly sorry about your sick kitty.
First, get a second opinion and quote.
Second, quit equating your pet's life with human life. If you've got money to throw around on wild acts of charity, send it a charity in the business of saving human life.
I would say goodbye to my cat and adopt a kitten from the animal shelter..
Never regreted it. If I was in that position today I would either borrow or put it on my charge card.
True. I should say, however, I have very little faith in humanity.
Give it time.
My former roommate kept her beloved cat alive with daily injections and a lot of Vet care for 2 years after the poor thing should should have been released from a painful and difficult life.
Dear Pukin Dog,
Well, we had two dogs. Both died. Oh well.
The second dog, she got cancer. The vet told us, oh, it'll cost a coupla hundred to do the exploratory, and just a coupla hundred to get rid of the cancer. Four hundred smackers? Keep the wife and kids happy? No big deal.
So, I get the bill. Well, it wasn't quite $400. It was actually around $900. From the vet. And then a bunch for the hospital. And a bunch more for a doggie anaesthesiologist. Cost over two grand. Yikes! I told the doctor, hey, if you'da said two grand, I'da put the dog down. He looked at me cross-eyed.
Then she just started getting generally old and worn out. Couldn't hold her urine and bowels any longer. Yech!! Would walk across the floor and just fall on her stomach. Ouch!! It'd take her a few minutes to get back up. Sometimes, she didn't bother.
The (new) vet started telling me how cheaply we could treat all these different things. A prescription here, a prescription there. Only a coupla hundred bucks.
Hey, she lived a long life, and she didn't suffer.
I have a cat that I adore and have no idea what I'd do if I were in your position. All I can say is my prayers are with you and your cat. I wish you the best
Oh and if you feed your cat dry food....throw it out! it's a horrible diet for a carnivore.
I do feed dry food. I hope I didn't cause Norman's problem by doing so.
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