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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:08 PM

We no longer have enough income to care for our sick cat...

We think it may be time to have him put down. I do believe he is suffering. But we can't afford to take him to the vet. I am worried we will have enough groceries to feed my family until the next time I can afford to go to the store. My son is going to school with holes in his shoes. I have to make my first payment on summer camp March 1 and I have no idea where the money will come from.

Our cat has a chronic condition. A long time ago, our vet trained me to care for our cat at home to save us money. I have been doing that. We haven't been able to take him to the vet in many years.

I am so wrought with guilt.

What will happen if I take him to the humane society?

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Reply We no longer have enough income to care for our sick cat... (Original post)
rbnyc Jan 2012 OP
CountAllVotes Jan 2012 #1
rbnyc Jan 2012 #2
CountAllVotes Jan 2012 #3
rbnyc Jan 2012 #10
yellerpup Jan 2012 #4
Coyote_Bandit Jan 2012 #9
yellerpup Jan 2012 #18
rbnyc Jan 2012 #11
yellerpup Jan 2012 #19
ceile Jan 2012 #25
yellerpup Jan 2012 #26
Irishonly Jan 2012 #5
rbnyc Jan 2012 #12
Irishonly Jan 2012 #16
LiberalAndProud Jan 2012 #6
rbnyc Jan 2012 #13
wildeyed Jan 2012 #7
rbnyc Jan 2012 #14
supernova Jan 2012 #8
rbnyc Jan 2012 #15
Stinky The Clown Jan 2012 #17
TorchTheWitch Jan 2012 #20
hamsterjill Jan 2012 #21
Texasgal Jan 2012 #22
cate94 Jan 2012 #23
ceile Jan 2012 #24
Curmudgeoness Jan 2012 #27
rbnyc Jan 2012 #28
kimi Jan 2012 #29

Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:07 PM

1. Being you are the owner of your cat

The Humane Society will likely not take the cat and will advise you to take the sick animal to a vet and do what you must do and you must pay to have the cat put down if you indeed believe that this is what is necessary.

Sad reality it is and it will cost you money. I would not advise dumping the cat which is what many people are doing these days. Shame on them.

As the owner you have a responsibility to care for the cat. Being you can't care for the cat any longer, I don't know what to suggest. A no-kill rescue would not take the cat being it is sick.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:20 PM

2. I would never dump him.

But if it's the choice between feeding my son and taking my cat to the vet, I am feeding my son. I know I am responsible for the cat. I am working very hard, I just can't cover all of our expenses. The Humane Society really won't help? I was ashamed to ask them directly so I thought I would get feedback here first.

I really feel so lost and hopeless. someone should have me put down.

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Response to rbnyc (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:29 PM

3. well call them and ask them

Who knows, maybe they will take your sick cat?

I know where I live they will not take an animal if the owner is known.

Hence, we have animals running around here that have been abandoned by their owners!

In fact, lucky me was driving home during a horrible storm at night and there were two dogs on the freeway that were emaciated and I hit one of them as I could not stop. Said incident resulted in one dead dog and $3,000.00 worth of damage to my car.

As I said, shame on people that abandon their pets!

I'm not saying you are going to do this but believe me, with this crap economy we have now, you are not alone.

Maybe you should call your vet and see if you can make payment arrangements in small installments to pay to have the cat put down. The cost is about $50.00 per my recent experience.

Best of luck is about all I can say other than one thing.

I never went to summer camp as a kid and that was because my parents could not afford it. Maybe your son can do something else this summer, like attend summer school?

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:16 PM

10. I need him in 9-5 care so I can work...

...but thanks.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:33 PM

4. Last week I paid $312 to find out my

little (old) girl is in the early stages of Chronic Renal Failure. There is no medication for it; the only treatment is the subcutaneous injection of fluid to keep her hydrated. Having been through this before, injecting the fluids only keeps them alive and they spend their last days afraid of you, hiding from you, and they just keep getting sicker and more stressed. This kitty wouldn't stand for that. After a long discussion with the vet, we decided to do our best to keep her comfortable and happy until it's time to make her last appointment. I would not order treatment for myself that would merely keep me hanging on, nor would I do that to anyone or any thing. Our vet agreed with our decision.

I don't know what's ailing your boy, but if he is up in years just enjoy him while you can.

Here's a website that gives the symptoms. http://www.felinecrf.com/

So sorry you are going through this. Best wishes to you and your kitty boy.

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:13 PM

9. I have an old dog

that has had kidney problems his whole life. He too has recently (last November) been diagnosed as being in the early stages of chronic renal failure.

In addition to fluids (currently we administer them every other day), there are a couple of non-prescription meds available for renal dogs and cats which our vet recommended.

Epakitin is a phosphorous binder which helps the animal feel better and slows the progression of the disease. It is a powder which I knead into a pill pocket and give as a treat.

Azodyl is a natural bacteria that helps metabolize and flush out toxins.

My boy also takes an anti-nausea prescription med which has significantly improved his appetitie. He's actually put on a few pounds since being diagnosed. He's always eaten a renal diet - now it is supplemented with people food.

My boy is still playful and happy and finds pleasure in a number of things. I hope to give him as much good quality time as I can. I will not make him suffer and I know that when it is time for me to let him go he will tell me. Every animal I have ever had has done so.

Best to you and your girl. Enjoy the time you have.

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Response to Coyote_Bandit (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:00 PM

18. We will enjoy our time.

Her only symptom now is thirst. She will ONLY drink water out of a crystal rocks glass and ONLY if it's in her spot on my desk. She has a good appetite and has only thrown up a couple of times in the past few weeks. We also have a couple of feather-and-stick game sessions every day. I suspected CRF and took her to the vet very early. Maybe I'll call a different vet and ask about the meds. She just popped onto my lap for a cuddle. Thank you for your good wishes.

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:18 PM

11. Thanks so much.

He's 15. He has a condition called megacolon.

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Response to rbnyc (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:03 PM

19. I'll have to look up megacolon.

Oof- I just got headbutted. Penny is craving affection right nows. We adopted her four years ago on March 1 and they said she was 5 years old, but the vet said she was 15-16 easy. Wise. Now she nipped me! I'm so sorry your boy is so ill.

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 01:58 PM

25. I paid $305 - same diagnosis.

Early stages, but it's not looking good. Can't get her to eat or drink...well, she'll roast beef lunch meat. So she gets as much as she wants.

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Response to ceile (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:13 PM

26. Aw, darn.

Sounds like your baby girl is a little farther along than my Penny. My vet said that feeding her 'people food' meats would be good for her 'if she would take it.' She won't. Absolutely feed her whatever she will eat. I poached salmon for Mr. Spitz every day in the final days. He knew how much we loved him. Your girl knows, too.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:02 PM

5. I don't know where you are located but google organiations that will help pet owners in your area

I am not sure if that makes a lot of sense but use the internet to help or call the humane society to see if they either offer services or have a list.

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Response to Irishonly (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:19 PM

12. My husband...

...is going to call the humane society tomorrow. Today we were too busy fighting about money.

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Response to rbnyc (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:33 PM

16. I am sorry

Years ago when my husband was unemployed our dog got very sick. Actors and Others for Animals helped us with the vet visit. The dog reovered and when he went back to work I gave a donation. Now we are disabled and I have not been able to donate.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:19 PM

13. You're awesome. Thanks. nt

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:37 PM

7. What a crappy situation.

:hugs:

What is your cat's condition?

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Response to wildeyed (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:20 PM

14. Megacolon

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:44 PM

8. Sorry to hear that



I sympathize. I surrendered several cats last year to the county shelter because well, there were just too many. I was only able to place one kitten through advertising. But it did work out. They all found homes.

You might try a cat rescue group up there. At least it would be better than the county shelter.

I sent a note to the rescue group that we got our puppy from last year. They specialize on rehoming pets whose owners are too ill to care for them. I did ask if they have a sister org up your way. I'll let you know if they have any suggestions.

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Response to supernova (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:21 PM

15. Thanks so much!!!

I really appreciate that.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:48 PM

17. That's a really tough place to be

There's been some good suggestions and offers of help in this thread (no surprise there!). I hope something works for you. Meanwhile, let me at least let you know you're in our thoughts.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:17 PM

20. talk to your vet

They already know you have financial problems, so ask them what can be done as far as payment arrangements or if they'll do it as a charitable thing. I know my vet wouldn't allow a pet to suffer just because of financial hardship and would either make very reasonable payment arrangements or even do it for free or a very nominal fee (like a few dollars).

I'm so sorry not just for your situation with your cat but because of your general financial situation. I've been dead broke most of my adult life and it's scary as hell.




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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:39 PM

21. Yes, please do contact rescue groups in your area.

I'm not suggesting that a rescue group would take your cat, but I am hopeful that a rescue group would be sympathetic to your condition (we've all been there at one time or another!!!) and help in having the cat humanely put down if he is, indeed, suffering. Our group (in Texas) has done that several times for people who were in dire straits. Please do make some phone calls and be honest about your situation with them.

I am so sorry that you are faced with these choices, and I sincerely hope that your situation improves. You should not feel guilty unless you have created your financial situation by being irresponsible, and your post tells me already, that is not the case here. I wish you the best, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the love and attention that you've given to this kitty.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:19 PM

22. I'm so sorry rbnyc

I hope you find some help for your baby.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 12:18 PM

23. I am sorry for what you are going through

It is hard enough to decide on euthanizing a pet without the added burden of financial worries.

Please contact your vet and let them know your situation. They may have be able to help you- or if not, they may know of an organization who can.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 01:55 PM

24. I am so sorry.

That's so tough. I agree with a poster above- can you work something out with your vet?

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 07:55 PM

27. Any news?

Have you got any information to help you?

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #27)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 09:51 PM

28. Not really...

Bevy is the name of our cat. His illness has been an ordeal. In general, when he has episodes, it's very hard on him, but he bounces back and has a good quality of life - or has for most of his life. But lately, his episodes have been closer and closer togther and we've been very worried. The morning I posted, he was very bad and seemed to be suffering very much and we thought, maybe it's time. Then we got in a huge fight about money. My husband then agreed to investigate options since I work 40 - 60 hours a week and he is working freelance. But the next day, Bevy really rebounded, so my husband didn't do any research, although Bevy clearly needs to see the vet and it's probably just a matter of days before he is bad again. So I am going to have to do the research myself.

With links here it will be much easier.

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Response to rbnyc (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 02:14 AM

29. I've been there, with a husband who doesn't see the need

to expend dollars on a pet. It's one of the things that broke us up. (Sorry, don't mean to hijack this or jinx you.)

You've gotten some great suggestions, and you're responsible enough to follow up, I know. I'm so sorry that you're going through this; it's awful to see a beloved pet decline in health. Talk with your vet - many will try to work something out. Sounds like family harmony needs to be preserved as much as the dignity of your kitty's health.

Best of luck. I'll be thinking about you. Take care.

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