Post # 1
My kitty, Casey, is sick. I brought him to the vets this morning and I have two possible options at this point. One….give him the suggested tests and treatments or two, bring him back home for a couple days to say goodbye. Problem with the first option is that I don’t have much money to spare, especially the $1500 starting amount.
I just don’t know what to do.
Casey is 11 years old. He was my moms’ cat which I took in when she passed away 5 years ago. She adored him! He was with us in the hospice home when she passed and he was the one that knew her last breath was coming. I still remember that day so clearly. I think that is making things even more difficult because I feel like I am losing her all over again when I have to think about putting him down.
He has a problem with his liver that they are right now doing blood tests to see if they can get more answers and rule other things out. The next step would be to keep him keep him there for a few nights while they rehydrate him, do an ultra sound…. Than would have to insert a feeding tube and have that in for a few months until he begins eating on his own again. The one thing they don’t know is what cause this liver problem, which means there is something further to figure out. And as always, there are no guarantees that he’ll be ok again.
Again, I am just so lost, confused and sad. I have been crying most of the day cause I can’t figure out what I should do. Help me my fellow Bees…..even if it’s just to help me be strong for him and what’s best.
Post # 3
That’s such a tough situation. 🙁 I don’t have any advice, but am keeping you and Casey in my thoughts.
Post # 4
**note-can an admin move this to the Pets board please? I think she will get more support there.
Oh honey, I am so sorry. My heart is breaking for you. I can see why this is so hard for you, and its not just because the pet is like your child. His prognosis sounds grim from what you have posted. If you front the money and bring him home, will he even be comfortable? I dont want to tell you to be strong for him, because I cannot even imagine myself in this situation. Let the vet see if they can find an underlying issue. If your vet doesnt know the situation (about the cat being your mom’s) tell him. He (she) should give you their honest opinion on what should be done.
Again, I am so so sorry. Sending thoughts your way
Post # 5
I am so sorry you are going through this. I know how much you must love your cat. You and Casey are in my prayers.
Post # 6
I’m so sorry that you’re going through this. I agree that its a tough situation.:( Just know that we bees are here for you. Keep us posted.
Best of luck.
Post # 7
awww hun… it’s really hard to say goodbye to pets, especially since he has been through so much with you!!! Keeping you in my thoughts… 🙁
Post # 8
@gwynth: Can you tell me what specific issue your kitty has? I’m afraid it’s the same liver issue my kitty had. I might be able to give you some support. 🙁 I’m so sorry…
Post # 9
Oh god, I’m just so sorry.
We had to put down our doggie suddenly earlier this year. She was young, and it came out of nowhere, and it was so hard. We were at the vet’s ready to empty our savings accounts to save her, and when we asked the vet what he would do if it was his dog, he said to put her down. So we did.
I would ask the same question to your vet, and see how that affects your decision.
Please keep up posted here. There’s a great support system.
Post # 10
I am so so sorry you are going through this. My kitty is sick too and there were words that the vet kept reiterating to us during our visit: that the biggest goal is to keep kitty as comfortable as possible during her shortened life span.
I am sending positive thoughts your way. ((HUGS))
Post # 11
Sweetie I’m so sorry. It sounds like Casey is having a tough go at things right now. I think you should do what’s best for Casey and giving him the quality of life he deserves. If he does do all the testing and it comes back as a worst case scenario, a feeding tube doesn’t sound like it would be a lot of fun for him and certainly a lot of stress for you.
Could you ask the vet to look into a payment plan for you? Don’t make any decisions until the results of his bloodtests come back, but do get them to give him an IV to rehydrate him. Could you ask if an X-ray rather than an ultrasound would be a viable investigation method? My little Smee had an ultrasound (and yes, they’re $1500 which was a hard hit to the bank account for sure), but the answer they actually found was in an x-ray which was only about $200. He has a large tumor near his heart which didn’t show up in the ultrasound since they were looking at his stomach, but when they didn’t find anything they did the x-ray where they saw it. I realize they are two really different ways of looking at the body, but if there’s a chance an x-ray could give some indicator of what’s going on, I would try going down that avenue first.
One day at a time sweetie. Thinking of you. Big ((hugs)). xoxo
Post # 12
I’m so sorry. I’ve been through this in the past with a cat and dog and it’s awful. I’m sure you’ll make the right choice for you and your kitty. We’re all here for you!!!
Post # 13
Another sick cat?! Oh no! My little guy is at the vet for a urinary blockage. Thankfully, there are no kidney stones, however pre-existing kidney issues are presenting in preliminary bloodwork. My cat is 11.5 years old.
I’m so sorry and can relate to the pain, stress and anxiety you must be experiencing. I sobbed in the vet’s office when they told me. Like ugly, contorted face, full-on bawling.
Post # 14
I’m so sorry you have to make this decision. I was welling up just reading your post because I can just imagine how painful that would be for me. I agree with others before me that you should talk to your vet more in detail about the cat’s tie to your mother and see what their opinion is. Sometimes they may be willing to work things out for you that are cheaper.
Post # 15
@gwynth: Don’t lose hope! I found this article about what you can do if your pet needs medical treatment but you can’t afford it:
Maybe there’s a solution here that will help you!
So sorry you’re going through this 🙁 We have a 13 week old kitten that we got 2 weeks ago, and he breaks my heart already just looking at his little face.
Post # 16
I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I can’t imagine how helpless you must feel. I echo the other ladies when I say that you really should ask your vet what he/she would do if it were his/her kitty, that really can give some clarity.
Sending warm thoughts your way!