We have had our old cat Madeline for 13 years and she has only ever had a few problems. If we don’t feed her the right food (which we can only get at the vet’s office) she gets urinary tract infections within 2 weeks. So, it’s not a huge additional expense to buy special food and she is worth it to us, but it’s not the same as buying meow mix either. She also got bit by a brown recluse once in TN which was unpleasant for all of us and was also expensive. Still, as critters go, she’s been pretty easy.
While in TN, we also found an all black cat in front of a Baptist church (so we called him Baptist). He had been hit by a car sometime earlier in his history so had a badly messed up leg. We took him to the vet figuring they would find all sorts of issues with him. Instead, we ended up having his one back leg removed and he was fine…except he was never fine. After that surgery, he became the meanest cat on Earth! He used to bite and scratch us all the time. Finally, as part of his contraryness, he decided to start pooping on the floor…everywhere. We were about to move into a new house and decided that his behavior was not going to fly there. So, he didn’t make the move with us. Still, as you can imagine, he was incredibly expensive to get “fixed” just so he could turn into the cat-devil!
Fast forward a few years and now we have Mohinder. He also was a stray and is jet black. He just walked right into our house one day (after hanging around for many days prior…along with the 10 other strays that hang around us). He has all 4 legs but is missing most of his tail. I guess we just can’t have a normal black cat. I was leary at first remembering the pain and expense of our last black cat. We all decided he was sweet and worth taking in (and we were right!)
Anyhow, he was expensive to get fixed and declawed, etc. Other than that, he has been healthy and fine…until this week. He developed a case of “leaky butt” and started throwing up all over the house. He stopped eating and became lethargic. Most of that doesn’t bother me too much, but you can imagine a case of “leaky butt” causes problems. We took him to the vet and $400 later, we find that he has campylobacter and clostridia. The best part about campylobacter is that it is zoonotic. That means that if we aren’t careful, we could also end up with “leaky butt” and vomiting.
They gave us some (apparently) nasty tasting medicine to treat Mohinder and it seems to be working pretty well. Here’s to hoping that we all keep “normal butt”!
What about you all…do you go all out for your pets?