- 8 years ago
So I’ve never had pets (I don’t count my short-lived goldfish from a carnival). Fiance 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.
Future Mother-In-Law 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 Future Mother-In-Law 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 Fiance 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?