- 8 years ago
So I’ve never had pets (I don’t count my short-lived goldfish from a carnival). FI grew up in a house full of cats and dogs and can’t imagine not having at least one or two animals once we have a bigger place. We’ve talked out most of the issues – who would walk it / feed it / clean up after it, would it be allowed in our bed, what kind of animal, etc. But there is one HUGE issue we can’t seem to resolve.
FMIL was discussing one of the cats and her health problems. The cat had cataracts and was going blind…surgery cost several thousand dollars. I was shocked by how expensive this is, and the fact that it comes out of pocket. Then I started asking for more details, and I was blown away by how much money FMIL spends on the animals. Dog ate a cat toy by accident? $1500+ surgery. Other dog got stomach problem? $500 vet visit. First dog ate a cat toy AGAIN? (I guess the first time didn’t teach her) Yep, another $1500 surgery.
So, basically, I can’t fathom throwing away this much money on pet health care. But FI says just letting the pet suffer and die is cruel, and I wholeheartedly agree. So it seems like the best choice would be not getting a pet at all. We are not wealthy at all, and while we can probably expect a comfortable upper middle class existence eventually, these types of expenditures would be a huge burden. I like dogs and cats fine, but I would not want to, say, skip our annual family vacation because the dog ate a cat toy.
Any thoughts and advice? I know a lot of families who aren’t wealthy have pets, so how do they deal with this? Am I missing something?