A year ago in February, my baby cat, who was then four years old, killed and ate something which caused a total mechanical obstruction of her colon. I did not know what she had done, until I got up one morning to go to work...and found her frantically trying to use her litter box. When she couldn't, she stepped out of it and promptly threw up all over the bathroom floor. I knew immediately that she had all the symptoms of an intestinal obstruction. I took her to the Vet, who found a huge obstructive mass in her colon. It took four days of IV's, Colace and enemas, before she finally passed the mass..which was filled with the bones and remnants of a rodent. I was presented with a $600.00 bill and told by the Vet that my cat now had acquired megacolon as a result, and would need to be on Colace and Propulsid for the rest of her life. I brought her home, and she did okay until the first of this year...and she became obstructed again. The Vet told me then that she needed a colectomy, but the closest vetinary specialist who does this type of surgery is 70 miles from where I live...and charges $3,000...half of which is due up front
, before he will even touch her. Well, that might as well be $3 million, as there's no way I can come up with that kind of money, as I am trying to emerge from bankruptcy...and no one will refinance my house. And I can't get pet insurance, because she has a pre-existing condition.
Last night, at 12:30, I woke up to the sound of my baby cat throwing up...again. I lay awake until almost 2:00, sick at heart with the realization that her condition is getting worse. I called out at work and took her back to the vet this morning. She's there, now, waiting for the vet to see her. And, as I wait for the vet's office to call me, I am angered and saddened that the destiny of either a sick animal or human has to be controlled by the Almighty Dollar.
Sorry for the long vent, but I am tired and upset. You can't get attached to anything, anymore, because it costs too much...both financially and emotionally.