Originally Posted by Momofmany
And when I lived on a farm, I was overrun with cats (and dogs) that were dumped "out in the country for a better life". If I had taken them to local shelters, they would have been euthanized. So I caught them, fixed them, adopted out those that I could find homes for, and took care of the rest of them the best I could. The neighbors would offer to simply shoot them for me.
There's another side of this story from those like me that have spent many years of doing personal rescue of abandoned and feral cats. You can't always manage full health care for feral cats. You do what they will tolerate and know that whatever you manage to give them is better than what they would get on their own.
I've got to agree, wholeheartedly, with you Amy. I get cats showing up on & off. "You come, the nuts come off" is my policy. I have yet to have a female show up in the past year or so, thank god.
As for the local shelter euthanizing - I *know*
they would be euthanized, because I am the one making the call to kill them at the shelter. That's the reality of it.
It may sound harsh, but my farm cats don't get the same level of care as my domestic housecats, as many are not easily caught. I vaccine them for distemper myself, and anyone young enough when fixed 4 years ago got a rabies shot. Thankfully usually if they're that sick, they are easier to catch. It took me over a week to catch Tabitha, she's too smart for a trap, and she can never be released again due to ongoing health issues. Instead I am building a cat enclosure for her. I do things like anti-biotic injections to make things easier when anti-biotics are needed. Things like SubQ fluids, anti-biotics, eye ointment, panalog, etc - I keep on hand. And I imagine my vet loves phone calls at odd hours.
Not including full price spay/neuter for anyone who shows up - I spend $5,000 - $10,000 per year in vet bills. My vet even gives me breaks on things, like he saw Squishy 6x in 2 months - I paid for (I believe) 2 exams out of those 6 trips, and one was even on an emergency basis. Oh & the multiple pet exam price is my lifesaver. (like regular exam is $24, an additional $15 for the 2nd pet if examined at the same time) Due to the age of my general population, those with teeth left are getting old enough I'm going to have probably 6 cats who need dentals next year.
At an average of $200/cat/dental that's $1,200 alone. I can see how vet costs kill people....and why some people might not want to adopt senior pets due to the fact that they require more veterinary care.
Almost all my cats are excluded the health insurances I've looked at Fafeena, Squishy, Tabitha, Slinky...due to age. Dory, Molly, Eden, Margo, & Goat-Head due to pre-exisiting conditions. And at $20 per pet it'd cost me $340 per month, and many of the reasons I have them at the vet often wouldn't be covered. Albiet, due to monthly costs, I haven't looked that closely into insurance. One of the dogs, Izzy, is a freak of nature & I know no sane insurance company would cover her.