Hi...not sure if this is the right place to post, but I felt the need to vent to other cat lovers. Friends of ours have two 16+ year old cats. They are indoor only and they are much loved by their owners. However, these kitties haven't been to a vet in years. One of the cats has always been skinny, but according to my friend she is barely eating now and no longer grooming. This cat is practically a walking skeleton and has bad arthritis to boot. The other cat is in better shape but has already lost several teeth, probably experiencing at least some pain/discomfort in the process. Despite all this, they still haven't taken the cats to a vet. I've suggested more than once that they do so (trying very hard not to get hostile) but they seem to think that because the cats are old there is nothing much that can be done anyway and IMHO I think they are afraid of getting bad news. I don't believe the issue is monetary either even though they've made comments about vets suggesting expensive treatments that aren't necessary. To their credit they are doing things at home to try to make the cats more comfortable, but I've tried to explain that there are things a vet may be able to help with that could improve the cats' quality of life that aren't necessarily overly expensive or invasive. Apparently they've had negative vet experiences in the past and I get the feeling that they think all vets are in it just for the money. I'm the first to admit I can be over paranoid about my animals and they probably are dismissing me to be some crazy cat lady or something . However, it makes me sad that these two old kitties could be needlessly suffering. We all know that cats hide their pain and discomfort very well and when they do show symptoms things are usually pretty bad. Anyway, thanks for reading my vent. Things like this just get under my skin!
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8/20/09 at 1:08pm