We’re the proud owners of a 1 1/2 years old cat named Jasmine. Here she is resting on our daughter’s Princess couch…
We fostered and adopted Jasmine from an animal shelter after she was found near death and infested with fleas when she was just a day or two old. Our friend Abigail worked at the shelter and she and her husband Jim had rescued her and nursed her back to health (they had to feed her with little baby bottles because she was too young to eat on her own).
So far Jasmine has been the picture of health. But Jim and Abigail haven’t been quite so lucky. They own 2 dogs and 3 cats and over the last 2 years they’ve spent a small fortune to keep their pets healthy.
Here’s a quick list of the major expenses they’ve had to deal with:
1. One of their cats had an issue where it couldn’t urinate because crystals had formed and clogged his kidneys. I’d never heard of it before, but apparently it’s pretty common in male cats…luckily Jasmine is a girl!
Sammy had to spend 2 nights at the vet where they sedated him and used a catheter to drain his kidneys. He’s now on a special diet (special is another word for expensive) because if he eats normal cat food it will happen again and again.
2. Their dog Callen has gotten into all sorts of problems and has had to be rushed to the veterinary ER more than once. One time he gorged himself on an entire 8 pound bag of cat food. Another time Abigail left a chocolate cake on the counter and the dog stole it. He ate the entire cake and the plastic cake holder it was in.
He also has a thyroid problem that requires a daily dose of medication and a special diet.
3. Their other dog Lilo has some mysterious problem that they initially thought was cancer. A couple of $1200 CAT scans determined it wasn’t cancer, but she is on medication and steroids as well as (you guessed it) a special diet.
Altogether they’ve dropped over $10,000 for vet bills in the last 2 years. That doesn’t even include the cost of food and other pet expenses.
Now I’ve always considered myself an animal lover but when I think about all of the potential expenses that could put a real financial hardship on my family, I have to ask myself, “How much would I spend to save my pet?”
Your Pets Are NOT Like Your Kids
People without children often say, “My pets are my kids.”
With all due respect…that’s just ridiculous.
Pets can be loving and valued companions and they can really become part of your family. But they’re not your kids.
If one of my kids fell onto a subway platform and was about to get mowed down by a train I would jump in to save them without even thinking about it. But if Jasmine fell …I’d pray she would be ok but I’m not about to make their kids lose their father so the cat could live instead.
I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me and think I’m a jerk but I don’t care. A pet can be a part of the family but they are never an equal.
I’m not sure what my financial limit would be to save a pet. I hope I never have to make that kind of decision, but I know with certainty I would never put my family behind the eight ball by taking on a financial hardship to save a pet.
What about you? How much would you spend to save a pet?