I sure hope I made the right decision...

  1. Poor Pepper, he "blocked" again.

    I figure the last episode cost ~ $2500, and I had decided (and prepared Juan) that if he did it again, I would have to have him put to sleep.

    So, he started crying @ 9:30 tonight, and Juan brought him out and told me we had to do it. I knew he was iffy earlier today, I saw him straining, it's been days since he chased Jenna around the house, ending up w/white hair poking out of his mouth. Just NOT his normal rascally self.

    We drove up to the Emergency Pet Hospital. I cried all the way up there. (VCA--anyone know anything about them?) When I talked to the vet, she gave me another option. I could sign over ownership to them, they will fix him and keep him for about 2 yrs to use as a blood donor for injured/sick cats. Then they will adopt him, BUT, not to us, to another family.

    That seemed better to me than just euthanasia, so that is what I opted for. On the way back, Juan revealed that it seemed like how his birth mother had abandoned him. I reassured him that it really wasn't the same @ all, that he would still be loved and cared for, no more pain because they will probably do the $5000 surgery to fix the problem, and he gets to play w/the other donor kittys. I told him how some kittens get so anemic from fleas, they can die, and that Pepper could help them.

    I just hope I did the right thing. It seemed better than euthansia. He's only ~ 3y/o (do any of you remember when I found Stormy, Pepper's mom, pregnant mom, took her in to the vets til she had her 5 kittens, got them all vaccinated, fat and healthy, mom spayed, everybody adopted?), he's healthy, other than the urinary problem, and he's a really nice cat, a sweetheart!
  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   nursemary9

    I know these kinds of decisions are so tough to make;
    Well, you made the decision you thought was best.

    I probably would have done the same;
    I know that a number of years ago, when my DH & I were both so much younger, and we were both working with excellent salaries, we had a Dog with Multiple Medical Problems & we did everything for him!! It cost us a small fortune;
    Now, if this were to be the case, with our present dog, we simply could not afford it & would have to choose euthanasia.So, if presented with a third option, as you were, all the better.

    I think you did good!!
    As you say, he'll have a chance to help other kitties and he'll be able to have some quality to his life.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((prmenrs))))))))) ))))))))))))))))))))))

    I'm so sorry for you and Juan, tho, because I can tell you all really loved
    Mary Ann
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from prmenrs
    When I talked to the vet, she gave me another option. I could sign over ownership to them, they will fix him and keep him for about 2 yrs to use as a blood donor for injured/sick cats. Then they will adopt him, BUT, not to us, to another family.
    I don't think they would have offered it if it wasn't a good choice for him. Sounds like they care about him.

    {{{{{{{{{{prmenrs}}}}}}}} He sure has met a number of challenges in his short little life, eh?

    God bless
  5. by   Tweety
    You gave the cat a gift and other cats a gift as well. You did the right thing.
  6. by   DDRN4me
    What a wonderful alternative. sounds like the best scenario for all! Hope that helps lessen the pain for you and Juan
  7. by   TazziRN
    You gave him a chance at life. What could be bad about that?
  8. by   nursemary9

    I mentioned your "problem" to my DH. He thought you'd made a wonderful decision!! He said he wished that we would have had an option like that.

    I know you'll probably always wonder if you did the right thing, but I still think you made the best decision possible.
  9. by   GardenDove
    Wow, that's pretty cool that they are able to offer that. It sounds like a win-win. I think you did the right thing. Now, you can have some extra money to help your grandkids.
  10. by   muffie
    prmenrs, i appreciate your most difficult decision

    hope all goes well with his surgery

    you are a good mom
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    I think it's wonderful that Pepper will have the opportunity not only to live, but to help other kitties as well. I wish there had been an option like this back when my poor Boots had to be put down for the same reason. That was 25 years ago, and I still miss that cat.........he used to give backrubs by standing behind us on the sofa and kneading our shoulders with his front paws.

    I am sorry that you had to give him up, though. That's almost as tough as having to have an animal put down. Please accept my condolences.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    From where I sit, you did the right thing. NEVER easy to have to put a member of our family down or keep them around-----old or young. I felt I was murdering my dog when I did put him down, and he had cancer. But when he was arthritic and looked bad, I was able to give him meds and supplements and he improved and lived a few good years before the final decision was forced on us. I never faced having to give him up due to health reasons, just keep him comfortable til it was time to go.

    I was glad we were able to keep him with us in and give him a good life at that point. Your decision is harder than anything I faced, due to the very complicated situation w/kitty. My heart goes out to you; you are so kind and caring.

    I will be here to listen; you and Juan are in my thoughts. Best wishes/
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 15, '07
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    PS yes I remember your taking care of all those kitties back "when". I know your heart is in the best place and I think, so do you. ((((((prmenrs and Juan_))))
  14. by   walkingrock
    you made a wonderful choice. you gave the kitty a chance to live, and get the surgery to correct the health problem, as well as help other kittys and eventually have a wonderful home again. a very painful decision for you, but sometimes we just can't afford to do what we would like to do. i'm sorry for your loss, i know you will miss him very much, you made the right choice.:heartbeat :icon_hug: