other waiting events

I have two cats. I’ve posted pictures of them before. They are both exclusively indoor pets, and they are a bit overweight. Their weight has fluctuated over the past few years. They were on a prescription diet food that seemed to have worked well.

Then Dante was diagnosed with kidney disease. So we had to switch to prescription kidney disease food. Which apparently has more calories. We are actually feeding them far less than the recommended amount for their “ideal” weights, yet they have both gained weight.

I know they’ve gained weight because Ticki had a trip to the vet on Wednesday. He has a lump on his back that I knew needed to be checked out – I had a bad feeling about it. So of course they weighed him. And then they chastised me about his weight for 10 minutes. He also has a heart murmur, for which they would like me to give him pills twice per day. And have monitored via ultrasound every 3-6 months. And now they’d like to do surgery on the tumor to remove it.

I love my pets. I really do. But at what point am I allowed to let these things go? I’ve refused the subsequent ultrasounds on Ticki’s heart and Dante’s kidneys (to the tune of $225 per u/s). Honestly, I don’t give Ticki his medicine regularly. He hates it.

So now they want me to put the 11 year old cat with a heart problem under anesthesia to remove a tumor. I don’t know. The surgery will cost approximately $800. And then if it’s cancer? I have absolutely no intention of subjecting the cat to any kind of chemo.

I’m tempted to stop going to this clinic. And just letting the tumor be. But am I a horrible person for it?

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~ by Larisa on September 10, 2005.

7 Responses to “other waiting events”

  1. With an 11 year old cat, I’d probably be hesitant too. One of our four has a heart problem (4 pills a day, echocardiograms and EKGs at least twice a year, more when he has a problem). He’s only 3+ years old. Just a little baby. But damn is it expensive. I think if my husband wouldn’t just be crushed if something happened to him, I probably wouldn’t go with all the treatments (except the pills, they are cheap and he is the easiest cat in the world to give pills to, he practically opens up for you). I don’t think you are horrible person. You have to take into consideration what their quality of life would be either way anyway.

  2. Oh Mrs. Hope, I’m sorry your cats are aging. My puppies are both ten years old. One of them has a slight hobble and the other is on medication for seizures… it is hard watching them get old.

    At this point the most loving thing you can do is let your cat live as happily as possible. If the cat were a kitten or an adolescent cat, I think it would be worth a more aggressive approach… but an older pet deserves to just live relaxed and happy.

    By the way — I hate when vets go on and on about the weight. Especially when you’re doing all you can do!

  3. Oh Mrs. Hope, I’m sorry your cats are aging. My puppies are both ten years old. One of them has a slight hobble and the other is on medication for seizures… it is hard watching them get old.

    At this point the most loving thing you can do is let your cat live as happily as possible. If the cat were a kitten or an adolescent cat, I think it would be worth a more aggressive approach… but an older pet deserves to just live relaxed and happy.

    By the way — I hate when vets go on and on about the weight. Especially when you’re doing all you can do!

  4. I sometimes feel like the worst pet parent when I leave the vet. I would do all you can to make the cat comfortable, but I wouldn’t do surgery. Do you really want to put yourself and your cat through that? It’s tough, I know. Hugs to your kitties!

  5. I sometimes feel like the worst pet parent when I leave the vet. I would do all you can to make the cat comfortable, but I wouldn’t do surgery. Do you really want to put yourself and your cat through that? It’s tough, I know. Hugs to your kitties!

  6. I’ve also felt the “bad pet parent” syndrome before at my vet. I mean, we spent almost $900 in vet bills in July — and I thought IF was expensive. You can see my “one eyed cat” post for more info on those visits.

    I am sorry for your 11 year old cat. Our little kitten (the one eyed wonder) just developed a lump on his back and we are watching it, but it is scary to think what if they want to do surgery. the poor thing is only 4 months old and has already had 2 surgeries. I mean when does Quality of Life outweigh Quantity of Life?…even for cats.

    Sorry you are dealing with your pets’ health. It is SO hard when they are sick. Go buy that kitty some catnip 🙂

  7. I don’t think your horrible at all Mrs. Hope. I have an 8 year old cat that I’ve spent about $3000 on in the last 7 years. He keeps getting crystals in his bladder and I have to go and get him unblocked. Every time we go I think Ok, this is it, I’m going to put him down. BUT, I spend 100’s of dollars to get him better. Next time, hubby is going to do it. I love my cat to death, but he suffers so much when this happens and it keeps happening. I hope I’m not a bad person for thinking of putting him down next time it does 😦

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