I sit here in amazement through teary eyes. I adopted a cat in August by the name of Bunny. In November she developed a stiff back leg and wouldn't use the leg. I took her to the vet and 98.00 later they told me she must have pulled a muscle as they could find nothing else wrong with her. They told me to watch to make sure she was eating ok. The past few months she has been quiet (we have 5 kids and she hides during the day)and would come out at night to eat. I noticed she was losing some weight, but she was still eating and using her leg again. We thought she was getting better as she was coming out to see us more, etc. Last night she came out to eat and both of her front legs were very stiff. She couldn't walk on them and kept looking up and falling over. She also has pus coming out of her eyes. I immediately called the Emergency Vet place, but to my dismay they would not see her unless I had 78.00 for the visit and then half of what the treatment would cost. It is Christmas, I have about 10.00 to my name right now. I guess I am writing to vent because I think it is a sin that I have to sit here and watch my cat die because I am on a fixed income. No one will treat her or even see her without full payment. I am at a loss as to what to do... actually there is nothing I can do. I pleaded with a couple vet offices but no one cares. Why is it that if a human were that sick they can not be refused medical treatment but if an animal is sick, too bad if you aren't rich. Yes, I agree we have to assume the responsibility to afford our pets, but like I said, it is Christmas and we have 5 kids...I don't think anyone really plans for a huge vet bill this time of year. I feel so guilty that there is nothing I can do. I am outraged at the "good vetenarians" in the area that care so deeply for our pets. They could give two craps about the pet... they want what's in your wallet and won't take payments or even wait until the 1st of the month when I get paid. Oh, and they would be the first to bring someone up on charges for neglecting an animal...but when you want to help your animal they put money first. It is just sickening. Please say a prayer for Bunny that she doesn't suffer too much before she passes. I fear she is having seizures and the look in her eyes is so sad. What a beautiful cat... and I have failed her.
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12/20/02 at 7:00am