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post #1 of 18
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Cats Try to Eat Incapacitated Owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of hungry cats began to eat their 86-year-old owner after she suffered an apparent stroke and couldn't get up for nearly a week, officials said Thursday.

Mae Lowrie, who lives with seven cats, was discovered unconscious and riddled with bite marks Wednesday night at her Panorama City apartment, Fire Department and hospital officials said.

She was listed in fair condition at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Lisa Kort.

``The cats were trying to survive in the conditions that they were in, faced with the outcome they had. They did what they had to do to survive,'' animal control Officer Ernesto Poblano told KABC-TV. ``The cats were all emaciated, very, very emaciated.''

Lowrie may have suffered a stroke, said Jim Wells, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The woman's apartment manager alerted authorities after neighbors realized they hadn't seen Lowrie in several days.

Wells said Lowrie, who was believed to have been stricken about a week before she was found, was also dehydrated.

The cats, apparently without food for that time, also tried to eat Lowrie's small dog, said Jackie David, a spokeswoman for the city Animal Services Department. The terrier showed signs of hypothermic shock, severe dehydration, respiratory illness and was later euthanized, she said. One of the cats, a kitten, was found dead.
post #2 of 18
That's horrible, but those cats were just following their instincts and doing what was necessary for survival. I think anytime an elderly person is living alone there should be someone else who is willing to check on their well-being at least once a day, either in person or on the phone.
post #3 of 18
How horrible - for all concerned. I think all elderly people living alone should have access to some kind of alarm so they can make others aware if they are in trouble.

My mother in law has a alarm pendant that she wears, and the call centre check it every week. If there is no answer they send the police around to check evertyihng is alright, and she has an emegency button she can press if in difficulties.
post #4 of 18
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Oh I totally agree with you Lorie. It is sad that they were in this predicament, both cats and owner.
Do the US/states offer free check up care on the elderly that live alone?
post #5 of 18
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Originally posted by Yola
How horrible - for all concerned. I think all elderly people living alone should have access to some kind of alarm so they can make others aware if they are in trouble.

My mother in law has a alarm pendant that she wears, and the call centre check it every week. If there is no answer they send the police around to check evertyihng is alright, and she has an emegency button she can press if in difficulties.
Yeah, they should. And it should be free of charge to them. How else are they supposed to pay for a nursing home if they cannot afford it? It makes me so sad.
post #6 of 18
Kellye - my husband had to pay for the pendant and has to pay the annual service charge for the monitoring. It's not a fortune, but not something a lone pensioner could afford.

As a society, I think older people get a really raw deal - everything is centred around making money and not caring for people. It's a shame. The state old age pension in the UK is barely above subsistence level - most old people have to keep the heating off as they can't afford to heat their homes. Only recently have they introduced cold weather allowances for all pensioners here.

OK - I'll get off my soap box now!!!
post #7 of 18
OMG how horrible!!!!!
post #8 of 18
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Yeah, they should. And it should be free of charge to them.
And who's going to pay for it? Are you willing to see your taxes go up for this? Sure, it's sad, but everything has a price.
post #9 of 18
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And who's going to pay for it? Are you willing to see your taxes go up for this?
Yeah, as a matter of fact, I am. Believe it or not, we're all going to be old someday (if we're lucky enough to live that long). Even disregarding my belief that part of our responsibility as a society is to help provide for others, socking a little money away to a program that I might have need for in the future seems logical to me.

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Sure, it's sad, but everything has a price.
?? Huh ?? What has a price? Old age? Cat ownership? Having no family? Sorry, I can't figure out what, in the context of this discussion, your comment refers to.
post #10 of 18
That's so sad about the cats & dog.

When I'm older I would be happy to pay a bit for people who need things like alarms, it's only fair because we are all going to get old one day.
post #11 of 18
Well I would be happy to pay a little extra to make sure those less well off have some security in their old age. Converseley I am not happy about my taxes paying for every layabout and scrouger getting a free ride in society - but pensioners, on the whole have spent their life working for a very small reward.

It's like the people of Seattle; refusig a tiny tax on their fancy cappucino/latte/espresso to help pay for pre-school for small kids.

HOW greedy and selfish are we????
post #12 of 18
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I think the money that taxpayers pay are not very well spent. How much of it goes to politicians salaries? I think there are a lot of things we could cut that could help people with things like that. Its really sad.
post #13 of 18
Did they say what they were going to do with the cats?
post #14 of 18
I work at an Independent Living Center. We provide free services for people with disabilities, including the elderly. There are two options currently for seniors living alone:

I'm not sure who exactly does this (the cell phone companies or charities) but there are 911-only cell phones available free for seniors.

Independent Living Centers can provide an alert system for free for those who qualify financially.

Churches and Senior Centers and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) should and could have Senior watch programs. RSVP has a senior companion program that could curb this problem as well.

Rose
post #15 of 18
I would not mind paying out a few extra dollars to help the elderly. I would rather have my money go to something like that than to more weapons.
post #16 of 18
There are programs in place that help keep track of the elderly that are free. They are usually community programs run by hospitals and not for profit agencies. There are also private programs that people can pay for if they don't qualify for free services. And they're very reasonable.
post #17 of 18
I'm going to play devil's advocate, here. A great many elderly people resist and/or refuse any assistance, despite the best efforts of family, friends and social services. If a person is mentally competent, they cannot be forced to accept help.

We went through this, with my former MIL. She insisted upon living alone, in a decaying house, in a rapidly declining neighborhood and refused to budge. MIL would not allow repairmen in and would not leave the house for anything at all. Even if we had lived in Buffalo, we could not have gotten her out of there. From the time that his dad died, in 1985, my ex tried to get her sell the house and move to assisted living.

It was not until she became terminally ill and went to the hospital, that we could get her out of there. My ex got her into an excellent nursing home and she lasted another two years.
post #18 of 18
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Originally posted by bren.1
I would not mind paying out a few extra dollars to help the elderly. I would rather have my money go to something like that than to more weapons.
My thoughts exactly.
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