At what point would you, as a pet owner, financially draw the line at testing, treatment, whatever for a cat who is 15 years old and already has a compromised immune system in order to find out what ELSE may be wrong with him? Gah. I’m feeling like a bad mommy over here. He’s losing weight, but is otherwise acting normal. He eats less, but he IS eating. He’s pottying fine. He’s less active but he is 15, for goodness sake. He’s fiv+ which is practically a death sentence anyway- so if he does have heart disease or high blood pressure… realistically, what would you do?
I’ve already dropped over $200 just on blood work and a chest xray to rule out the obvious (and easily treated) possibilities to explain the weight loss. He doesn’t have any infections, no diabetes, no thyroid issues, his heart is a normal size. Now they’re talking heart echo, blood pressure, exploratory surgery (!!) and I’m just like, No. Really? No.
But the guilts! Ow.
Gracie had a flare up of the mange, she’s been on medicine for a bit now. Plus she got a secondary yeast infection over her skin which made her stinky. One of the little kitties I dragged home from my mom’s house last summer is still battling an eye infection that simply will not respond to medicine. The vet said that at some point in the future it might need to be removed. A few weeks back, they knocked him out to do a scraping and culture and can only pinpoint that it’s viral. The other kitty I dragged home had an ear infection that we couldn’t get on top of, but at her last appt, she was finally cleared.
Srsly. In the last couple of months, we’ve easily spent a grand at the vet. They know me by voice on the phone, certainly by sight, and joked that they’re going to just rent me a room. Or dedicate a wing to me, lol. I’m all for doing the best for my pets and I know I’m at my limit in space, money and energy for the amount I can house. I don’t think I’m being neglectful with this cat situation, but maybe I am.
The Man has already put his foot down about it, so it’s pretty much a moot point anyway. I guess I’m just hoping someone out there will assuage my guilt. :/