My dog is pretty healthy and just had his annual for his shots and general well being check. It was over $450. Aside from some shots he won’t get every year, I haven’t walked out of the vet spending less than $400 on his annual check up. Every. Year.
He’s 4 now, and it’s been suggested that to avoid periodontal disease, he have his teeth cleaned. I got an estimate. $450, give or take. And this is all preventative health.
My dad’s dog got pneumonia somehow. It was almost $2K to have her treated. She would have died otherwise, so he spent it.
You can talk about “financially privileged” all you want but the fact is that pets are NOT cheap. An animal behaviorist that we take our dog to doggie daycare with is very much a fan of, “can’t vet ’em, don’t get ’em.” Understand that at any given time, something could happen to your pets that will cost you A LOT of money. My dog could catch pneumonia, or break a bone, or develop cancer, or any and all of the above. But I made a commitment to that dog, and I know the costs could be high. Consider pet insurance, or look at other options, but this is generally a known thing among pet owners. Your DH doesn’t want to spend all of $1200 to test your cat that’s shitting blood? Boy, bye.
For the record, I’m not actually suggesting you leave your husband and it’s a little too late now but you should have been on the same page about the pet when you got him. My DH knows that I would move mountains for my dog if necessary and he is completely on board. Had he not been, I’d have either made serious decisions about our relationship, or not gotten the dog. But pets are not cheap, and typically will cost a ton over their lifetime, even when generally healthy. It’s my personal opinion that if you aren’t willing to put in the money, time, and effort it will take to keep the pet alive and healthy (within reason, assuming there are options, which in this case, there are) then you just shouldn’t have pets. It sucks that it seems like you’ve bonded with the cat and your husband hasn’t, but there have been multiple suggestions that bees have made that could be cheaper, or at least avoid all the repeat tests, and the quarantine could help for now as well, for your own sanity. Please look into the vet bee’s suggestion.
Also, the bees saying that the cat should be “put down,” you’re entitled to your opinions. I’m entitled to mine. You should not own pets. Please do future animals a favor and let them be adopted to other people who will cherish them.