Friday, December 23, 2005

Kidney transplants for cats

I was talking to Pearl today and the programme will air on Channel News Asia next week. It appears that kidney transplants in cats is becoming increasingly common. There is a Singaporean lady who flew her cats to the US to do the transplant. I was asked if it was ethical and whether it was too extravagant to spend so much money on one cat.

In terms of being ethical, if the cat is being adopted I don't think it's such a big issue. For example, there are so many cats being killed here every day, but no one seems to ask if it's ethical to be putting these cats down for no good reason. I would not agree with harvesting organs, but if BOTH cats can be saved and a homeless cat which was going to be put down now being given a second chance of life, why not?

In terms of whether it is too extravagant, I think it's very hard to say what is right or wrong in a case like this. The money could have been used to save many other cats (or people or any other cause you want to insert in here) of course, but I think it's understandable that if the cat is a special cat of yours, most of us would try our very best to save the cat. For many people, cats are a part of the family. Some people's means are just greater than others.

I'll let you know when the programme airs.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Unlike vets in U.S.A., our Singapore vets are still way behind time -- not doing kidney transplant for cats.

My cat Lucky age 12 years old, having Chronic Renal
Failure and a kidney transplant will help him.

In 1987, when I was in U.S.A. I learned that vets there, had started kidney transplant for cats.

It's been about nearly 2 decades, it is now the year 2005, we are approaching the year 2006, yet our Singapore vets still not doing kidney transplant for cats.

I already have a donor cat; my cousin owned several cats and willing to let her cat be a donor for the kidney transplant. I asked many vets here in Singapore, none of them wanted to do kidney transplant for cats. They claimed that it is too high-tech and too specialised that they unable do it. Compare to vets in U.S.A., and other parts of the Western world, our Singapore vets is still way behind time. Such a pity Singapore vets don't do kidney transplant for cats and dogs as I am sure some pet owners having pets suffering from kidney problems would sure like the kidney transplant done.

I love Lucky, he is the best pal. I will do anything to see him healthy ... felt helpless ... why don't vets here in Singapore do kidney transplant.
Woe is me. So sad this happen ... Cry, cry ...

24/12/05 9:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm very sorry to hear that Aminah. will no one at all do it?

24/12/05 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Yes Dawn, there are no vets here in Singapore doing kidney transplant for cats .... no wonder the lady in Singapore had her cat kidney transplant done in U.S.

Like I mentioned before, our Singapore vets is still way behind time. Cats kidney transplant already started way back in 1987 -- it is almost 2 decades, yet our Singapore vets unable to do cat kidney transplant.

Poor Lucky, he have to suffered, all because our vets in Singapore, are not specialised in kidney transplant.

Lucky have a special place in my heart, and I will do anything to see him healthy, if not for our ignorant vets.

Oh Boo Hoo! Cry, cry!

24/12/05 11:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm sorry to hear that. I thought that one of the local vets would do it, but I guess not.

25/12/05 2:06 AM  

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