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post #1 of 23
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SO I am on another site and someone asks this question:

My cat is obese, one needs 3 teeth pulled, and one has a murmur...am I cheap to skip treatment or am I in the right?

The obese one they are putting in a diet now but had the animal been on a proper diet this probably could have been avoid. The obese one also has 3 bad teeth that needs to be pulled but said they are not gonna do that. How cruel and neglectful is that to have an animal with 3 bad teeth and not get them pulled. Have these people ever had bad teeth that has caused them pain. Why put an animal through that. I have bad teeth and I would never put my cats through that pain.

One has a murmur that may be fatal and the vet wants to test to see if its fatal. But nope they are not gonna do that. To much money. If my vet says I think Ping or Pong might have this fatal xyz you dang right I am gonna test and see. And its treatable I will treat. I could not live with myself if my babies died because I refused to treat something that maybe treatable.

Then they go on to say that if they do have something terminal they will not pay more than 500 to fix them. WTH. My pets, my babies, my animals that I chose to have in my life does not have a price tag over there head that says I will only pay up to 500 to fix them..

But maybe I am just one of those crazy cat/pet people who will do such things for my cats.
post #2 of 23
Currently sitting here trying to make it through the day with an awful toothache... I would never make Riley suffer like that.
post #3 of 23
^Try acetaminophen (tylenol) and ibuprofen, or take something like Exedrine. The combination of a painkiller and an anti inflammatory may help calm the nerve down a little. And get some orajel. Cause, unfortunately, since it's Friday - I'm guessing you're going to have to deal with this for the weekend?



If the cat is obese with those issues, I wonder if it's not diabetic too?
post #4 of 23
ooohh it makes me so angry..some people are so ignorant. i just don't understand how you could knowingly leave your pet in pain. surely it goes against everything an animal lover stands for. some people just don't deserve to have the love of cats. i wonder, what rights do vets have should an owner refuse to treat a treatable condition??

also, if you know you can't afford £££££££££££££ vet bills, GET INSURANCE!!! it's just common sense really. silly people. tut tut.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
^Try acetaminophen (tylenol) and ibuprofen, or take something like Exedrine. The combination of a painkiller and an anti inflammatory may help calm the nerve down a little. And get some orajel. Cause, unfortunately, since it's Friday - I'm guessing you're going to have to deal with this for the weekend?
Just to clarify, in case someone skims this thread and misunderstands the above:

THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE
FOR THE PERSON WITH A TOOTHACHE --
NOT FOR THE CAT!
NEVER GIVE THOSE MEDICINES TO A CAT!

This has been a public service announcement. We now return you to your regular programming...

post #6 of 23
I don't understand how a person can have an animal who loves and trusts them, and just betray that love and trust by being so heartless. I've paid HUGE vet bills for the sake of my Murray (allergic reaction to shots, and nasty UTI - the latter alone cost me about $1900). I would pay any amount I was capable of paying to keep him healthy and happy, and even borrow money if I needed it. Because I love him dearly. How can anyone not love their pet in return??
post #7 of 23
If you cannot afford the vet, you cannot afford the PET.

People have made fun of me for taking my boys to the vet (not the kitty, the rattums).

I dropped about 200 dollars this week on the rats in vet visit + meds for all four of them. Why? Because I love them. They are my family, my kids, and my kids get their medicines when they need them!
post #8 of 23
I think people should really take into consideration the costs of pets, and not get them if they can't afford them, or look into an insurance plan and or discounted pricings for some vets! Not to mention, everytime my cat needs to be at the vet (or I think they need to be at the vet, there could be nothing wrong with them but Im over paranoid) I FIND the money to pay for it, whether I gotta borrow it or take out a load, it doesn't really matter, who needs money when you got love!
I can't believe that person is going to let their cats suffer...
post #9 of 23
I understand how expensive vets can be since pepe has been sick off and on since we adopted him but good god don't just let them sit with their problems if you can't afford to bring them and don't want to use the money for that give your cats over to a shelter...for their sakes


some people shouldn't be allowed to have pets AT ALL
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
This has been a public service announcement. We now return you to your regular programming...

I thought it was fairly obvious, since I said "you're" referring to AlleyGirl. But for the most part, I think you may be one of the few that actually reads my posts - since it takes me posting the same thing twice to get a response sometimes.

As for people who neglect pets - I'm current chatting with a friend who's saying it's the in thing to get reptiles like iguanas as summer pets in Sweden. Then they dump them outside later.
post #11 of 23
I just spent over $2000 in the last few weeks on my dog's testing and medications... It is totally worth it IMO although unfortunately we still don't have a 100% certain diagnosis (possibly adenocarcinoma) and the info we have gotten so far is that there is no treatment... We are going to an oncologist soon to get a second opinion on treatment.

My next dog however will DEFINITELY be getting health insurance.
post #12 of 23
my 11 year old fur baby's vet and hospital bills came to $3964 lastyear when he was jaundiced and had to have a feeding tube put in for 2 month. thank god for credit cards. he's doing great now
post #13 of 23
I'm catching this thread late, but its a topic that I HAVE to reply to. I think people like the ones described are those who get pets either to shut some whining children up or as a "oh they're so cute I want them" spur of a moment thing. They are not committed to the pet from the get-go and thus would not spend "too much" time or money on their pets.

I spent a lot of cash on my Cassie when she gave birth, and subsequently for check-ups, medication when the kittens were ill, vaccinations, spay/neutering... and I don't even recall how much I spent because it doesn't matter at all! True pet-lovers don't weigh pros and cons, all they want is for their pets to be healthy and happy.

I'd recently brought my pet Betta fish Jasper (he's in Cats & Other Animals page) to the only vet in Singapore who specializes in fish (he treats other animals too, just that he has specialised knowledge in fish), and I had people look at him/me funny. Geez~ They probably thought he was "just a fish".
post #14 of 23
Ugh, I cant stand it when people put a price limit on their pet's heads. A guy we know said if his dogs ever cost more than $300 to treat, he would just have them put to sleep. That made me so angry

We spent $2,500 on special biopsies on my RB baby Battery, ... only to find out the tumor was malignant and he had to be put down anyway. We would have gladly spent the additional $5,000 for chemotherapy, except his quality of life would have been severely diminished and that wouldn't be fair. My parents also dropped a good bit to have Chassis' leg amputated due to sarcoma. They become family members ... if it happened to one of their kids, they'd spend the money ... and the pets are like kids.

Rob & I spent $890 on radiation for Tigger, who ended up having complications and died the next day. We got half the money back (the boarding for a week $$), but we would do it again in a heartbeat for any of our kitties! We also would have spent over $1,000 on vet bills when we adopted Katina & Monte, but we signed up with Banfield's Wellness plan and most everything was covered except for all the medication we had to get them when they had URIs from being in the shelter.
post #15 of 23
When Trout was sick a couple years ago, I remember saying I wouldn't pay more than $500 to get her better.....................

$800 later she was better and I was a liar

I think some people have a budget in mind when their pets gets sick...but likely they don't actually stick to it. How can you stick to a budget when it comes to a sick loved one? Like me, hopefully most people realize that simply doesn't work.

Imagine I stopped at $500?!!? Trout would not be here right now...and now knowing that she is FINE!? It makes me sick to think that I actually thought I would stop at $500.

I learned after that that her care is priceless to me and if I had to I would get another job to pay off her vet bills.
post #16 of 23
I really don't get people sometimes. I spent thousands on Raven over the years. He had ongoing bladder issues, and ultimately developed Fibrosarcoma. I was shocked that getting a biopsy and sending it for testing is an option. Like others wouldn't want to check it? My other cats have had a hefty amount spent on them too. Basically when they go under for something, if it's under $400 I do a happy dance. If it's under $100 for a vet visit, same thing. I expect to pay when we go to the vet. And I keep a credit card for emergency situations.

Not taking pets in when they are unwell is a huge peeve of mine too. I get especially mad when people have a cat who may have a UTI/bladder infection and wait a week to get kitty in. I always make sure my cats get in the next day at the latest for stuff like that. And I've had UTI/bladder infections myself, they are very painful. I'm so glad I always get my cats in right away. I feel for the kitty in the original post. I thought I cracked a tooth a few years ago, and that HURT. I can't imagine actually having 3 infected teeth.

I also don't go to the closest most convenient vet, I go to the best one. I wouldn't go to the closest pediatrician if I had a kid, and I don't go to the closest doctor myself. But then the cats are more than "just cats" to me and my DH.

PS- I took my gerbil and mouse to the vet a few times, people looked at me funny when I said that too.
post #17 of 23
As someone else said thank god for credit cards thi past year alone weve spent loads on teaser and misty (got them tested for FIV,checkups, the nose thingy)
all of which i could have ignored and just not bothered with but i love my babies with 9 cats 2 dogs and 10+ mice we ALWAYs Have lots of money put back for them....
post #18 of 23
Sometimes I have to do the "can I really afford all these pets and vet bills" and sometimes its a yes and sometimes its a no.
But when you pay it off at the vets, it's such a nice feeling. I remember when I got my girls spayed in March and they said Morgan had a lump under her tongue and would I get it aspirated. I actually said no, because an extra $180 when we were only on one income is too much. (Mind you, the lump went away eventually which made me really happy).
When I have extra money I put it aside for the vets or pay something off. If it's urgent we'll go, but we leave annual check ups for time when we have money (like right now, I just quit my second job so we're using the extra income for shots and stuff).
Sorry got off on a tyrant.
post #19 of 23
If they can't be bothered to fork out a lot of money for their treatment then they should simply give them to a re-homing centre, where they can get the attention they need, cuz clearly they don't love them enough and don't deserve to have them.
post #20 of 23
i have an 'upper limit' to care, simply because i'm single, & have only 1 credit card. when Mouse was ill, my mom asked me what i could/would pay to help her. i answered $2000, because that was the limit on the only card i had.
she ended up dying before i reached it.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ping View Post
SO I am on another site and someone asks this question:

My cat is obese, one needs 3 teeth pulled, and one has a murmur...am I cheap to skip treatment or am I in the right?

The obese one they are putting in a diet now but had the animal been on a proper diet this probably could have been avoid. The obese one also has 3 bad teeth that needs to be pulled but said they are not gonna do that. How cruel and neglectful is that to have an animal with 3 bad teeth and not get them pulled. Have these people ever had bad teeth that has caused them pain. Why put an animal through that. I have bad teeth and I would never put my cats through that pain.

One has a murmur that may be fatal and the vet wants to test to see if its fatal. But nope they are not gonna do that. To much money. If my vet says I think Ping or Pong might have this fatal xyz you dang right I am gonna test and see. And its treatable I will treat. I could not live with myself if my babies died because I refused to treat something that maybe treatable.

Then they go on to say that if they do have something terminal they will not pay more than 500 to fix them. WTH. My pets, my babies, my animals that I chose to have in my life does not have a price tag over there head that says I will only pay up to 500 to fix them..

But maybe I am just one of those crazy cat/pet people who will do such things for my cats.

There is nothing mad about you reading your thread has made my blood boil I am like you and I have paid big bucks out for my kitty my JJ rest his sole we spent thousands on him and I would do it again tommorrow it got us nearly another 7 years with him I would not have traded that for the world so I gess if your a mad cat person so am I but I would rather be known as the mad cat lady than the crule ass **** I really belive you sould have to complet a course to get a pet licence before your alowed to have a pet I really do
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Forensic View Post
If you cannot afford the vet, you cannot afford the PET.
That's one of the best quotes I've heard in a long time.
post #23 of 23
Unfortunately, some people simply can't afford vet bills. Like people have said, these people obviously shouldn't have pets in the first place, but I think people really don't know/understand how expensive a pet is when they get one.

Like right now, I am extremely poor! I am a student and the only money I have is about $600 in my bank account. I live with my parents right now, who have good jobs and can afford 3 cats. I consider these cats my own though, since I grew up with them. But if one of them got sick and it was all on me, I would drain my account, get a job, barrow money, stand out on the street lol, whatever I could do to get them the care they needed.

If I couldn't afford it, I would give up my kitty (the thought makes me cry) to someone who could get him the care he needs. But I would be scared though--don't some shelters put animals down that are too sick and would require expensive treatments?

I'm trying not to judge this person because maybe they don't have any options. Maybe they don't know anyone who would take their animals who wouldn't just put them down. Although, if the animal is suffering and in pain, I would rather have that than just sit there and do nothing while the kitty is in pain!!

It makes me so sad, what if that kitty is in pain right now? I've had UTI's and oh my goodness, I would probably shoot myself if I couldn't get treatment, they are so painful.
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