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I’ve become a rather paranoid pet-owner since learning that my one cat, Oreo is sick with kidney failure. We’ve completely changed the food that we’re feeding the two cats, giving them lots of fresh water, and pretty much monitoring them constantly. (Hey, I’m already home all day, I gotta keep busy somehow, right?)
So yesterday I noticed right away when Kit (my other cat) started acting weird. I mentioned something to R and he said that he had noticed that Kit was being weird, too.
Within two hours, Kit’s behaviour changed from normal to very concerning. His meow was very guttural. He looked like he was exhausted. He was going in and out of the litter box without actually doing his business. Then he started squatting in random places around the house, again without actually doing anything. He looked like he was in pain. And then he started vomiting. This in itself isn’t too alarming (as it is sort of normal behaviour for them both), but there was a lot of it and it was happening almost immediately after he ate or drank anything.
We looked up his symptoms on Google and the results were scary. The few sites we looked at all pretty much said the same thing: the cat is either constipated (which is not really a big deal – unless it lasts for several days – and is easy to treat at home) or there is a urinary obstruction (which is a very rapid, life threatening emergency). Not what I wanted to hear in my already anxious state.
The vet’s office was still opened, so I gave them a call. The vet tech suggested that we bring Kit in right away. Because it was the end of the day, I had to call the emergency vet to come in. I spoke to her on the phone first and she basically said the same thing – it’s either no big deal or it’s a huge deal. I could either pay the extra emergency fee ($225) to bring Kit in right away, or I could wait and book a regular appointment ($85) – which could be for the next day, or could be a few days wait. I didn’t want to risk it. So we brought Kit in.
During the commotion, Kit was able to do his business (I never thought I’d be happy to see my cat poop on my kitchen floor!) – but he was still obviously straining to do so, so we still brought him in. After a quick exam by the vet, thankfully, things were fine.
I was much more impressed with the vet this time (who is the same one I had concerns with before). She told us that Kit is fairly healthy, although he is showing some signs of dehydration (but that’s pretty common for his age and we’ve already made the necessary dietary changes needed). She took the time to answer some of the questions that R and I had about homemade cat food and what we should be feeding them. She showed us how to check Kit’s stomach and bladder to determine if it’s constipation or something more serious in the future, and she suggested some ways to prevent it from happening again.
We brought Kit home and he was back to his normal self.
While I wasn’t thrilled having to pay an extra $140 to get Kit checked out NOW instead of later, it was worth it. I had piece of mind that my cat was okay. The vet actually talked to us and educated us about both this issue and Oreo’s kidney problems. And I had planned to take him in for a check-up sometime soon anyways.
So once again, I learned why it’s important to have an emergency fund and just how much I’m willing to spend to keep my cats healthy.
What’s something you unexpectedly had to use your emergency fund for?
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