Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pyometra cat

Pyometra cat
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I spoke to the owner a while ago and asked if her daughter had explained the treatment and what needed to be done. The owner said she had. I also told her that if she doesn't treat the cat, chances are not good that the cat will survive.

She said the operation was expensive (it's around $500) and I asked if they had financial problems. She said 'quite' and asked if we could pay for the operation.

I told her in general that we don't usually help out with home cats. I did say though that if finances were an issue, and they could send us their income documents we would see what we can do.

On the way home yesterday, the daughter had told me her father was a technical engineer and her mother an accountant. Of course they may indeed have other financial constraints that we are not aware of - and if that's the case, then we can try our best to help out. If it's because they don't WANT to spend the money though that' a different issue.

One of the caregivers will call and speak with the owner in a bit.

I am sure that there are people who cannot afford to bring their cat to the vet, and may really want to. On the other hand, some people may be able to afford a large screen LCD TV but not be able to 'afford' their cat's medical fees.

Also some people may truly be ignorant the cat needs the vet (the vet estimates the cat has been in this condition for two weeks), but now that they are aware of it, I hope they will do the right thing.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We face the same problem with some families in our estate...brand new curtains for hari raya and yet claimed no money to sterilise their cats. In the end we thought of the welfare of the downstairs so to prevent abandonment,we chose to ignore the "wealth" we saw and foot the total bill of sterlisation. It is truly a dilemma. If only we could get them to sign an undertaking..NO MORE CATS after this! Yet they seemed to have forgotten their "promise" to keep their cats indoor but we took consolation that at least they are now sterilised. It is truly very frustrating on caregivers!

21/3/07 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's really an issue of priorities. admittedly $500 is not a small sum for anybody. but i do believe, from the description in the various posts, that this family can probably afford it. the question is whether they want to.

i don't want to sound pessimistic or judgmental, but i wld wager that they will not send the cat to the vet. i am not even sure they will bother to give the cat its meds - we all know how difficult and potentially time-consuming it is to pill a cat. i hope i am wrong but we shall see.

21/3/07 3:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - apparently their maid is very fond of the cat and has been the one force feeding it. Let's hope she'll be the one giving the medication.

21/3/07 3:52 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Oh no anonymous, I can't imagine what kind of pain and suffering the cat will be put through if she does not receive further treatment.

If your pet is sick, it is like a family member being sick. One have to be realistic that cats are like humans, does fall sick and needs medical treatment in their lifetime. That is why it is good to put a smalll sum monthly aside and save for rainy days like this.

Let's hope the cat are getting some tender care, food and the medications to make her strong for the needed surgery.

21/3/07 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 1, you are not the only person facing that problem. for years, it happen in my estate too. no matter how many time you talk to them they won't listen.

in general, those people are like that. they only care for the cats when it is free and doesn't require effort, even though they can afford all other luxury and go to JB for shopping.

21/3/07 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to most people, a cat, dog etc is an automated toy... one that can move. When it falls sick, go to the vet? Excuses like "So expensive leh!!"

I remembered once when I excused myself from work, and my boss asked why? I said "Sorry boss, my cat is sick, need to see doc!" She thought I was raving mad. But now it is okay..... she even acted in a music video hahaa (As in the cat)

22/3/07 10:11 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Let us know which one Anonymous - I for one would love to see it :)

22/3/07 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that an acquaintance loved his dog (even more than wife) & dog had urinary blockage. He was persuaded to bring the dog to the vet. On the way to the vet, he turned back with the dog as he was worried about the cost. You guessed it, the dog died and he wept. The dog could well make a full recovery if brought to the vet was so sad for all concerned.

22/3/07 4:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Was it because he couldn't afford it?

22/3/07 4:11 PM  

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