The old maxim, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is
certainly the case when it comes to senior adult cats. a quote on Phil's
site it is so true
What do you expect no offense this is a usernet forum not a ask a vet
advice forum. Vets won't do this for the same reason doctor's won't do this
malpractice. Now I am going to write a response it is not to be taken as
rude, flaming you, belittling you or dressing you down. I am a very blunt
writer, speaker and tell it how it is. If the truth hurts that is your hang
up I always say :-)
The reason people are saying this to you is that you have obviously
discovered a problem that needs a vet visit. If your vet missed this while
the examination occurred. It is time to learn to speak up about the problem
or find a new vet. Just because they are a vet does not mean they know what
they are doing. When it comes to caring for an cat; they are notorious for
hiding the fact they are sick.
I don't mean to be rude but Personally if I can't lay my hands on the
cat, my eyes or observe the cat there is no way to know. Blood works needs
to be done a stool sample examined. I can think of 10 reason right now that
could be the problem that would only require medication. I can also think
of 10 reason that would require major medical procedures. Here are some
examples food allergies, parasitic infection, distended adomen, blockage in
the intestines, diabetes, kidney stones, fluid on the lungs so many things
can be named.
Your cat is almost 12 do you know how old that is in human terms? He is
over 60 years of age http://diabellalovescats.com/agechart.htm
Now the part about you being 18! Your point is? You took on the
responsibility of having a pet as you being an adult. Treat your pet as a
child both need to go to the doctor when they are sick. If you can't afford
vet care there are plenty of places that help out people in need of
financial assistance contact your local animal society.
FYI I am not being an [email protected]
@ here but you realize that if there is a
problem with your cat and you don't get medical treatment you are committing
a crime and the excuse of not having financial backing will not fly with any
judge or animal control officer. You might love your cat but if you can't
afford to take care of it. You need to find help to. Can you find someone
to help out such as your parents or guardians. Your cat is an older cat
and problems are going to arise more with an older cat such as teeth
cleaning, adult senior nutrition requirements, possible more vets visit due
There is a lot to consider right now I am not going to be one of the
ones to say get rid of it. You obviously care if you are taking care of a 12
year old cat. BUT A VET VISIT IS A NECESSITY for this incident. Almost any
vet will work out payment plans with you if not find another vet that will.
If you have any questions I and others will gladly help out if I can
here is some reading from Phil's site
and others about older cat care
"FaeryKitten12187" <[email protected]
> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Niel Humphreys wrote:
>>> My cat is about 11 and 1/2 years old, and in very good shape. She looks
>>> healthy and acts healthy as well. About a year ago she seemed to ba
>>[quoted text clipped - 9 lines]
>>> please reply!! Thank you!!
>>Never fails to amaze me how many people can tell there is something wrong
>>yet come on here asking instead of doing the obvious and taking the poor
>>animal to the vet. Not exactly rocket science is it?
> so people are a little worried and don't have the money to go and have
> and surgery done, when there is a possiblity that there is nothing wrong.
> 18 and cannot afford surgery if that's the route i'm following, so i wanna
> see if anyone HELPFUL has any advice. Obviously you don't think of the
> on the other end of things....