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Topic: Did I do the right thing? (Read 4624 times) previous topic - next topic
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Did I do the right thing?

Ok, there are alot of cat owners on here so this would be a good place to ask.

Over the past month and a half my cat has been deathly ill. After going to the emergency clinic over and over, and finally taking him to a cat specialist I found out he had a bacteria infection in his bladder that was resistant to several antibiotics. Well, $2,800.00 later I just got him back from the vet's yesterday and he is finally starting to get better! but then I got a call from my work and I had an opportunity to go out of town for 3 weeks and do a special job for the corporation. This would of been excellent for me in my job and lots of money.  I had to decline this opportunity because it is at the end of Oct. and being my cat is just now starting to recover I was scared having him boarded in a kennel for 3 weeks would be stressful on him and might lower his resistance and make him sick again. Did I over re-act? Should I of taken the special job and risked my cat not being fully recovered or having a relapse from the stress of being in a box for 3 weeks?

Did I do the right thing?

Reply #1
Ok, there are alot of cat owners on here so this would be a good place to ask.

Over the past month and a half my cat has been deathly ill. After going to the emergency clinic over and over, and finally taking him to a cat specialist I found out he had a bacteria infection in his bladder that was resistant to several antibiotics. Well, $2,800.00 later I just got him back from the vet's yesterday and he is finally starting to get better! but then I got a call from my work and I had an opportunity to go out of town for 3 weeks and do a special job for the corporation. This would of been excellent for me in my job and lots of money.  I had to decline this opportunity because it is at the end of Oct. and being my cat is just now starting to recover I was scared having him boarded in a kennel for 3 weeks would be stressful on him and might lower his resistance and make him sick again. Did I over re-act? Should I of taken the special job and risked my cat not being fully recovered or having a relapse from the stress of being in a box for 3 weeks?


You'd be silly to walk away and risk a $2800 investment. Do you like your job more than your cat? Only you can decide, but it sounds right to me. Then again, I'm a cat lover who wouldn't have spent the $2800 to begin with...

Did I do the right thing?

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Did I over re-act? Should I of taken the special job and risked my cat not being fully recovered or having a relapse from the stress of being in a box for 3 weeks?

greekrock, you did the right thing. An animal is a living being, and it deserves all your care. I'm sure the cat would have done the same for you (if you know what i mean).

You'd be silly to walk away and risk a $2800 investment. Do you like your job more than your cat? Only you can decide, but it sounds right to me. Then again, I'm a cat lover who wouldn't have spent the $2800 to begin with...

56nomad, your comments seem very cruel. You say you love cats, but then refer to that to an "investment", to end with "as a cat lover i wouldn't have spent the 2800 to begin with". As a dogs lover in particular, and animals in general, i would never say anything like that.

Did I do the right thing?

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56nomad, your comments seem very cruel. You say you love cats, but then refer to that to an "investment", to end with "as a cat lover i wouldn't have spent the 2800 to begin with". As a dogs lover in particular, and animals in general, i would never say anything like that.


Then I guess we'll have to agree to disagree, won't we?

Did I do the right thing?

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What you did was a compassionate and heart-felt act that placed the life of another living creature above your own comfort and well-being. I believe I would have behaved differently in your circumstances. However, that should not poorly reflect on the choice you made. You made a sacrifice for another, and no one should demean that. You had a chance to show your character, and you did exactly that.

Did I do the right thing?

Reply #5
I would have accepted the job and asked a close friend to take care of the cat for the duration. 3 weeks isn't that much too ask for.

Did I do the right thing?

Reply #6
There's more to life than money. And I say this being completely broke.

My moms cat had to be put to sleep a few years back. I knew it had to be done, and it tore me up. On the day it was going to happen, I held the cat before I went to school, knowing that when I walked out the door I would never see it again. It was the sweetest cat ever, and even thinking about it now almost brings a tear to my eye.

Did I do the right thing?

Reply #7
I would have accepted the job and asked a close friend to take care of the cat for the duration. 3 weeks isn't that much too ask for.


I would have done this too, but since in wasn't mentioned in the original post I assumed that it wasn't an option.

Did I do the right thing?

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You'd be silly to walk away and risk a $2800 investment. Do you like your job more than your cat? Only you can decide, but it sounds right to me. Then again, I'm a cat lover who wouldn't have spent the $2800 to begin with...

56nomad, your comments seem very cruel. You say you love cats, but then refer to that to an "investment", to end with "as a cat lover i wouldn't have spent the 2800 to begin with". As a dogs lover in particular, and animals in general, i would never say anything like that.

What is "reasonable" in this situation?  Yes a cat is a living being - but is it more reasonable to spend $2800 saving one cat - or $2800 saving ten other cats?  Is it more reasonable to spend $2800 saving one cat - or $2800 funding research with the potential to save thousands?
These are not simple questions with simple answers.  To attack 56Nomad and call his comments "cruel" is unwarranted.
Unless we are all vegans here - there has already been a price assigned to a life.  How is this any different?
Creature of habit.

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Well, $2,800.00 later I just got him back from the vet's yesterday and he is finally starting to get better!

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Sorry, is that in dollars or pound sterlings? How sick is the cat really? Whatever the denomination is, where I come from, that is a lot of money to spend for medications. Even for a human being. One questions begs to be answered. Have you been overcharged? Are Vets making too much money? Considering that unless any being is injured, illness is cured by its own immune system. So, this is very much an ethical question. As for your dilemma, as a member here have suggested, have someone whom you know who is also a cat lover take care of it for the time being. Your career is important too. Don't let a good chance pass. Not just for the money but it might come in handy if you have to cite this experience in your resume later.
Life is short, delaying enjoyment is pointless.




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Reply #13
What lesson did we learn from all this?

Never buy a cat.


When our free (from cat rescue) cat appeared to become ill (very wobbly on her feat), the vet wanted £220 for tests. We said no. She said we should have her put down if we couldn't afford the money to find out what was really wrong with her. We refused, and took her home.

We changed vets. The new vet diagnosed arthritis in her joints, and put her on Metacam to make her happier. She won't last forever, but for now (two years later already) we have our old cat back. The metacam costs £7 per bottle and lasts several months. Even cheaper than cat food!


Before we got our cat, we decided that we wouldn't spend hundreds, never mind thousands on her if she became ill. A cat with a curable disease that costs £1000 to treat is a terminally ill cat. It's not that we can't afford it (though wth two children now, it would be very difficult to spend that much) - it's that, for us, there are better things to spend our money on. People die for lack of pennies every day. I couldn't bring myself to spend thousands on an animal.

The other thing is that, at least here in the UK, there are hundreds of cats and kittens waiting to be re-homed. Those that can't find new owners are destroyed. So if our cat died, we'd save one of those. (In theory. In practice, with two young kids, we probably wouldn't be allowed to re-home a cat now).


Now, you might think I'm harsh and unfeeling. That's probably true. But when I thought our cat was going to die, it still made me cry. She is a lovely cat. I doubt you could find a tortie with a better temperament.


As for the OP: of course you did the right thing. With the attachment to spend that much on your cat, I doubt you could forgive yourself if you went away and something happened to her.


Cheers,
David.

 
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