I adopted my cat from an animal shelter 5 years ago. The people at the shelter told me that the cat was sick, but they were still giving her up for adoption. I thought "well if the cat was really sick then they would just put her to sleep." And I figured she just needed medication and she'll be fine. Boy was I wrong. It turned out that she had feline calicivirus and dental problems. She needed a deep dental cleaning, teeth removal and antibiotics. Every year I took Pepper for a check up and teeth cleaning where some teeth still had to be removed. She's had a total of 12 teeth removed. It cost thousands of dollars and I am not financially well off. But I love Pepper. She is a sweet, loving cat. I just wish that I knew exactly what I was getting into and that I could afford to continue to help her out. She now has soft tissue sarcoma (malignant tumor). Even though I love my cat and have no regrets in adopting her, I would've thought that with a cat with such poor immune system and health problems that she would've been put to sleep by the shelter instead of adopting her off.
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8/16/08 at 5:47pm