Originally Posted by white cat lover
You know, pulling all the teeth will cause pain, but sometimes it is necessary. At 16, she's likely to have a fair number of bad teeth. Cow & Twitch were miserable for a few days, but now he snarfs food like there's no tomorrow & she still tries to bite people!
It was $200-250 for blood panel, full extractions, etc. I know you said prices are different there....but it might give you a general idea.
Originally Posted by kluchetta
Have you tried human baby food (Gerber #2 meat)
I have tried human baby food. She won't eat it. She took a couple of licks and that was it.
I can't even get her to take her tuna juice with her blood pressure pill today
Usually she just licks that right up.
I did manage to get about a tablespoon of the recovery cat food into her. I started dispensing it with the syringe. It's not entirely liquid so it's hard to draw and expell it from the syringe they gave me. She had a few mils that way, and then she managed to lick up some from a tablespoon. The vet assistant said it's very concentrated so she wouldn't need "much", but she didn't say how "much" is enough. Yesterday I managed to get her to eat almost a full can of it through the syringe and by offering it to her on a tablespoon. But I can't get her to take much today at all. I know she's still hungry because she went over to the table where I give Abby her wet food when she wants it, so Chynna knows that sometimes there is wet food up there.
I'm so torn
Please forgive my rambling, but I'm trying to work out (and rationalize) what to do.
I'm so physically and mentally sick with worry. I'm so stressed that my stomach is so upset and I feel like I'm going to vomit.
Poor Abby has been so vastly ignored these past several days because I have been so consumed trying to get Chynna to eat and take her pills.
Chynna's health as it is now is apparently pretty good. She's had a vast amount of weight loss over the course of 1 year and still continues to lose weight. Her liver function is normal. Her thyroid is apparently 100% normal, yet she displays all of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Even the vet was amazed by the result of the thyroid test. Her kidney function test showed that she is in the "grey area" for kidney disease: meaning she has insufficiency and that while she's not in acual renal failure, her kidneys aren't working 100% optimally. With a rental diet she could potentially live for years and go to the RB from old age never developing actual "failure". She does have 1 noticably, badly infected left canine tooth. And she is now having a hard time to eat and is very obviously favouring the left side of her mouth.
The vet told me that because of her age and the fact that she has renal insufficiency, that there is a possibility that the anaesthetic could and probably would worsen her kidney function and potentially push her into actual "renal failure". Of course it's not a guaranty, just a high risk. Because of that risk she does need to have hydration prior to the procedure.
Then there is the procedure itself. He seemed reluctant to put her under to just pull the one tooth that seems to be causing her so much pain. I do understand that if there is one bad tooth that there are likely others, but those others may not necessarily be causing her any problems...yet. And pulling the one single tooth might get her back to eating.
However, she could be back to eating with renal failure
And then because she still has the other bad teeth, eventually one will cause her more discomfort. Could be tomorrow or 1 or 2 months from now, or maybe never. But if it does, that means having to put her under anaesthetic again, and that could end up killing her if she was in renal failure.
I know it's a bunch of what ifs, but it's things that I need to look ahead to in order to whatever is in her best interests right now.
And then there is my finances to consider. I hate this part. But I'm on a very limited fixed income and am spending money that I don't have and paying the vet bills and Chynna's medication, using my own grocery and medication money. Even Abby is sufferring. She's a very picky eater and has been given a good quality veterinarian food for the past 10 years. Now I have her eating a cheaper cat food (Cat Chow) because I can't afford her usual one, and she absolutely hates this food and just picks at it.
The vet estimated $700.00 (could be more) to take care of Chynna's mouth. This would be a day's stay at the hospital, kidney function test (which I think is pointless given the fact she had one 34 days ago), extraction of the offending tooth, xrays of each potentially bad tooth and then extraction of them and teeth cleaning. I just can't afford that kind of expense right now. I'm already living hand to mouth. My grocery and medication money is being used to pay the vet bills. I hope to be starting a back to work program soon and before I can do that I need to pay for my nursing license which is about $400.00. Right now I have no idea how I will be able to manage that expense. I don't have credit cards and do not qualify for them because I have recently declared bankruptcy and am still currently in bankruptcy.
The other option because of my finances, might be to pull all of her teeth, good and bad. This not only removes the offending tooth, but the possiblity of any others causing her problems in the future and having to risk a second surgery which would worsen her kidney function.
My brother said he would loan me up to $300.00 for the procedure. I don't like owing money to my family or friends. I don't know how much a full extraction would be. However, given the quotes and fees that I've been paying, the procedure it will probably be more than $300.00. Which would leave me with yet another residual bill at the vets that I would have to pay for.
And then I have to think of Chynna. Yes, a full extraction would take care of the offending tooth. But it would leave her without teeth period. Not to mention the extreme pain that she would be in. Because of her one infected tooth, she does need antibiotics, but I've never been able to get her to take pills. I can't get a pill into her mouth and have her swallow it, even after being shown how to do it. And the pills are too large to crush and try and hide in her food. If her food tastes off, she won't eat it.
And then there is me. I have to ask myself how fair is it to be thinking of doing something so drastic to my baby girl because I'm trying to cut corners due to money issues. And that is the crux of the whole matter.
If I were working I would spend whatever it took to make her comfortable. I would spend the $700.00 to get the sore tooth and whatever other bad teeth she had taken care of. But I am not working, and I have to do what I can for her within my financial means. And I have to ask myself how fair is it to put her through all of the pain that comes with taking out all of her teeth?
I have to ask myself am I doing it for her, or am I doing it for myself and out of desperation to keep her with me for a while longer? And that is what I'm struggling with right now.
Yes, after a full extraction she will be in pain for a few days, but that pain will ease off. But what about her kidneys? She could be in renal failure and then I'll have to face this whole thing again about what to do. I had a cat, Toby, that had end stage renal failure. It was awful to witness. I did the right thing for Toby and sent to play at the RB.
Even though it could be just one tooth causing Chynna problems, is the right thing for Chynna to do the same thing, given all that?
I feel like I've failed my baby girl. Because of money problems I haven't been able to get her the care that she's needed. And now it's come down to extremes.
Am I a bad kitty Mom for thinking of ending her life because of possibly a single bad tooth? I sure feel like one