Timely vet treatment
Someone wrote into ask about her sick community cat. The cat had a wound and apparently is hard to medicate. It then got drenched and now doesn't look very good. She said she was unlikely to be able to bring the cat to the vet till the weekend as she was very busy. She then wanted to know all about cremation and what to do with the cat since it was quite old.
First of all, I told her the most important thing is to get the cat to the vet as soon as possible. Any illness, if not treated early enough can turn nasty and life-threatening. She didn't know about pet taxi services so I recommended she try them if she could not get to the vet herself.
Secondly, don't write a cat off just because the cat is old. With treatment and care, many diseases can be managed and the cat can live on.
Thirdly, if it comes between spending money between getting the cat treated and getting the cat a nice cremation, I would pick the former. In this case, I think the woman can afford it but just needed some advice on what to do. However in general, I tend to think burials and cremations are for the living - it won't help the cat. Good and timely medical care though can make the difference between the cat being in pain or the cat being healthy at least for some time more.