Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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.


Blogger calsifer said...

Definitely. Regardless of whether the patient is human or not, timely medical attention makes a world of difference to recovery rate and survival rate.

Marty, the granddaddy of our TNRM, is at least 10 years old - we began feeding him in late 2000, and he was already a virile big-head when we met him - but is healthy and very well. His only problem is he tends to develop severe constipation once a year. We've always brought him to the vet for treatment.

That he is alive and well and 10 years or older, living beyond the estimated average lifespan of a stray is because of decent diet (inasmuch as us being his main fodo provider ensures his food's decency) AND timely vet treatment, every time.

24/1/07 1:50 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Totally agree.

At the end of it, you have to know your charges and all their idiosyncracies. If they are not behaving like their normally do. Perhaps it's time for a vet visit. Especially with cats as it's harder to tell if they are unwell. It's alot easier with dogs.

24/1/07 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cremation is a waste of money. Bury your dearly departed on state land, somewhere quiet and no longer need redevelopment. Some secret cat burial ground with hundreds of cats still remain.

Donate the cremation money to Cat Welfare so they could use it for sterilisation.

24/1/07 3:27 PM  

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