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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by hammermachine, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    This is probaly the wrong place to ask advice, but here goes. My sister has a 15 year old cat that is on his last legs. He has hyperthyroidism and a possible growth on his intestines. The doctor says he thinks he can save him but it's gonna cost. I told her that the cat is 15, that's like 76 in human years. I hate to see him die but how much longer does he have. Has anyone else had to make a call like this?
     
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    I say put it down. :( I don't like seeing animals so old they struggle to move every day.
     
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    That's a possiblity, I had to put down my mother's cat 6 months ago. I just don't know if my sister could stand that. I'll have to bring it up to her.
     
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    If she wants to give the cat a chance and can afford the procedure then it's her call. Some pet owners will go a long way to give their pets the best possible life, just as they would their children.

    If it was your daughter would you euthanise her or do the surgery. It sounds ridiculous to some but that is how many pet owners feel about it. Let her make the decision.
     
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    I am asked all the time to go have animals put down by family and friends. Many had the recomendation by yours truly. I am Not a lover of Cats or dogs although I do have dogs. But I do NOT like to see animals get old and crippled and have people spend hundreds if not over a thousand dollars to try to keep something alive. So this is why I recommend and actually carry out putting peoples pets down.

    It's hard for some to understand my point on this issue but I say and do it very respectfully. Tell your sister if and when it occurs I am sorry for her loss but if I was you, I would sit her down and help her come to grips with the situation.
     
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    I met a girl once who was a cat person. She said "oh, you'd love my cat". I said "oh really. Why, is it dead?".

    Put it down. Buy another one. Kind of like those potato chip adds "They'll make more".
     
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    I don't understand people sometimes . They never think about the possiblity that the animal/person/whatever may not even enjoy a limited existence .

    They basically pay for the extension of time before they have to be sad .
     
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    Kill it. Then take it to a taxidermist and have him install some motorized gizmo to make the cat move its head up and down and its tail wag left to right. Sister will never know the difference.
     
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    i had to make a choice like this... picked the put er down option, soo much cheaper
     
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    Taking the life of any animal is not an easy venture and should never be.
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Its not always easy , but sometimes its best . I still cry when I see ol yeller get shot at the end .
     
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    If he's hurting and your sis can't or shouldn't afford the vet bills then I think the best you can do is offer the old guy the dignity of a quick, merciful and painless end to the suffering. If the finance part will not affect your sis adversly and it means that much to her then let the vet have his chance. Something else for your sister to consider is the discomfort of whatever procedure the vet has in mind. Is it worth it to put her pet through that?

    My old man cat (I'd had him for 13 years) died last summer. Fortunately for me it came on quick and I was spared having to make this decision. RIP Remington, I miss you pal.

    EDIT: I also have a belgian shepherd and it is his opinion reflected in my avatar :wink1:
     

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