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Vanity: I have a dilemma regarding my cat
self | 6/28/06 | Huntress

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?


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; catfood; chinesefood; expensivecat; felinediabetes; savethecat
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1 posted on 06/28/2006 9:00:57 PM PDT by Huntress
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty ping!


2 posted on 06/28/2006 9:01:47 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Huntress
Do NOT spend 1800 dollars on a cat. Put your feelings aside.
3 posted on 06/28/2006 9:02:17 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Dont be a Conservopussy! Defend Ann Coulter, you weenies!)
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To: Pukin Dog

Figures a dog would say that.


4 posted on 06/28/2006 9:03:10 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Huntress

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.


5 posted on 06/28/2006 9:04:04 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Wolfstar; HairOfTheDog

animal ping


6 posted on 06/28/2006 9:04:16 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (I snarl, therefore I am)
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To: sitetest

ROFLOL. On a serious note I spent around 900 on our Lab to keep him around for another year and a half.


7 posted on 06/28/2006 9:04:33 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Huntress

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.


8 posted on 06/28/2006 9:04:35 PM PDT by wretchard
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To: Huntress

How will Norman take the surgery? Will that and the recovery be painful?


9 posted on 06/28/2006 9:04:41 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Huntress

Take the cat to another vet.


10 posted on 06/28/2006 9:04:45 PM PDT by magslinger (Watch out for Christians and their IPD's (Improvised Potluck Dinners)!)
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To: Huntress

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.


11 posted on 06/28/2006 9:05:20 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: sitetest
My response is based on her saying that it would hurt her financially to spend that money. I happen to have a couple of Koi that cost more then $1000 each, but if buying them would have hurt me financially, I would not have done it.

No one should let their emotions get them into debt over a pet.

12 posted on 06/28/2006 9:05:44 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Dont be a Conservopussy! Defend Ann Coulter, you weenies!)
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To: Huntress

Sorry, Norman.

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.


13 posted on 06/28/2006 9:05:51 PM PDT by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: Huntress
Last year I spent $1500 on a surgery for one of my cats, not including meds. I have another cat that is diabetc and have spent at least that much or more in care so far.

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)

14 posted on 06/28/2006 9:05:53 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: Huntress
One of my cats just had an abscess surgically removed from his left flank: ~$300

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.

15 posted on 06/28/2006 9:06:04 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

According to the vet, the surgery will completely fix the problem, and he will have no lasting ill effects.


16 posted on 06/28/2006 9:06:16 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Huntress

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


17 posted on 06/28/2006 9:06:22 PM PDT by az wildkitten
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To: Huntress

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.


18 posted on 06/28/2006 9:06:57 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Huntress

What is the surgery for?


19 posted on 06/28/2006 9:07:01 PM PDT by gdc314
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To: Huntress

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.


20 posted on 06/28/2006 9:08:08 PM PDT by angry bastard
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To: Huntress
You love and care for an animal for 6 years and you can actually ask this question? What price are you willing to pay for a clear conscience? If you can afford it, you pay it.
21 posted on 06/28/2006 9:08:22 PM PDT by JanetteS (http://CommonSenseRunsWild.com)
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To: Pukin Dog

Dear Pukin Dog,

It was a joke.

I couldn't resist.

So sue me.

;-)


sitetest


22 posted on 06/28/2006 9:08:36 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Huntress

Some vets use Care Credit. Might be an option?


23 posted on 06/28/2006 9:08:40 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: Huntress

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.


24 posted on 06/28/2006 9:09:09 PM PDT by SmithL (The fact that they can't find Hoffa is proof that he never existed.)
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To: Huntress
A little perspective?

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.

25 posted on 06/28/2006 9:09:12 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Dont be a Conservopussy! Defend Ann Coulter, you weenies!)
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To: Huntress

That is a worm on the line. I am a nurse.


26 posted on 06/28/2006 9:09:13 PM PDT by az wildkitten
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To: Huntress

Can you get a loan? Credit Unions will loan you the amount you have on deposit. That may make it easier financially.


27 posted on 06/28/2006 9:09:58 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: gdc314
What is the surgery for?

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.

28 posted on 06/28/2006 9:10:44 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Huntress
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......

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.)

29 posted on 06/28/2006 9:11:06 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: sitetest
Oh, I know, I just wanted to explain that I wasn't being harsh, just practical. I love animals of all kinds, but I love living debt free even more.
30 posted on 06/28/2006 9:11:09 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Dont be a Conservopussy! Defend Ann Coulter, you weenies!)
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To: Huntress
I appreciate your feelings and dilemna.

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.

31 posted on 06/28/2006 9:11:34 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Huntress

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.


32 posted on 06/28/2006 9:11:55 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Whatever happened to Cynthia McKinney?)
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To: Huntress

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.


33 posted on 06/28/2006 9:12:00 PM PDT by Semi Civil Servant (Colorado: the original Red State.)
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To: az wildkitten
That is a worm on the line. I am a nurse.

????? The vet is ripping her off? Is that what you mean?

34 posted on 06/28/2006 9:12:26 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Huntress
I spent $700 on a dog a couple of months ago that didn't make it anyway. I wrote about it here. I guess the thing for me is that if the animal is that sick, the chances of it surviving are very low, anyway. I'd be inclined to let the animal go. $1800 is a lot, when the chances of recovery are so low.
35 posted on 06/28/2006 9:12:43 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: Huntress

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.


36 posted on 06/28/2006 9:12:48 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: Huntress
Put the money issue aside.....

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

37 posted on 06/28/2006 9:13:13 PM PDT by KTM rider ( Support Our Troops Donate to Irey)
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To: Huntress

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..


38 posted on 06/28/2006 9:13:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: Huntress
When the need arises, and it does, you must be able to shoot your own dog. Don't farm it out, that doesn't make it nicer, it makes it worse.

Robert Anson Heinlein
39 posted on 06/28/2006 9:13:44 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Wombat101
P.S. Brace yourself for a bushel of tasteless Chinese restaurant jokes on this thread.

So far you're the only one who's mentioned Chinese restaurants, in the context of warning her about the rest of us.

40 posted on 06/28/2006 9:13:45 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Huntress

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.

JMO.


41 posted on 06/28/2006 9:13:47 PM PDT by Valpal1 (Big Media is like Barney Fife with a gun.)
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To: Huntress

I would say goodbye to my cat and adopt a kitten from the animal shelter..


42 posted on 06/28/2006 9:14:35 PM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: Huntress
I was in a similar situation about 10 years ago. My cat which the kids and I really loved became quite ill. I did not have the money. I thought about all the pleasure and fun he brought to all of us and put the charges on my credit card.

Never regreted it. If I was in that position today I would either borrow or put it on my charge card.

43 posted on 06/28/2006 9:14:47 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents or anyone just passing through)
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To: Darkwolf377

True. I should say, however, I have very little faith in humanity.

Give it time.


44 posted on 06/28/2006 9:14:55 PM PDT by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: Huntress
One thing to ask yourself is whether or not Norman would want to have $1800.00. worth of medical care.

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.

45 posted on 06/28/2006 9:17:06 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Pukin Dog

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.

A month.

Hey, she lived a long life, and she didn't suffer.


sitetest


46 posted on 06/28/2006 9:17:16 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Huntress

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


47 posted on 06/28/2006 9:18:41 PM PDT by MadLibDisease (The democrat party, where the women look like men and the men act like women)
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To: Huntress

Oh and if you feed your cat dry food....throw it out! it's a horrible diet for a carnivore.


48 posted on 06/28/2006 9:20:36 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: sitetest; Huntress
My serious recommendation is this:

Spend $100 on a GREAT bottle of wine.

Spend $300 on a GREAT new kitten.

Spend a great evening toasting to your old loving pet while welcoming the new kitten into the home.
49 posted on 06/28/2006 9:21:33 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Dont be a Conservopussy! Defend Ann Coulter, you weenies!)
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To: CAluvdubya

I do feed dry food. I hope I didn't cause Norman's problem by doing so.


50 posted on 06/28/2006 9:22:25 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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