The Bionic Cat

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Bionic Cat

A while ago we noticed that our former 'fat cat' had lost a lot of weight, we took that as a sign of old age (she's 13). It wasn't until we saw her closing her eye a lot that we realised there was an issue. She turned out to have a thyroid problem that requires medication for the rest of her life. The vet gave us eye ointment. Unfortunately the ointment was too late, and yesterday India went to a feline opthamologist (who knew there was such a thing) to have an operation to remove a painful growth on her eye. The cost ended up being almost double the quote that our original vet gave us, so we paid out $1100. In the 10 years we've had her she's never been sick, so really if you average it out over the years it's not so bad. Some people have mentioned that it's a lot to spend on a cat, and I agree that it is, but she's a member of the family, and there's no way that I could have a cat put down for a non-terminal eye problem, nor could I let her go on in pain, so really there was no choice.

Oh, and our diabetic cat is not responding to human insulin, so we're now on the $90 per bottle insulin, but heck if it stops her screaming for food every moment of the day, then it's going to be worth it.


At 4/28/2006 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such kind sentiments, for that kind of money you could have bought a litter full of cute kittens or better still given it to the SAVE the Tiger fund but no you just had to spend it an old moggie.

Don't forget your Gran's birthday the 29th.


At 4/28/2006 6:34 PM, Anonymous dave said...

Poor India; what caused the growth in her eye? Yes, it seems like a lot, but they're members of the family and when you add up all of the other costs over a pet's lifetime this is put in more perspective, as you say. That's about the same that I was quoted for a radioactive iodine treatment when Mistoffelees was diagnosed hyperthyroid.

I never knew that there were feline ophthalmologists! Maybe you could ask your live-in to specialize.

At 5/04/2006 8:56 PM, Blogger Dones said...

Holy cow, one of our cats is also named India! (Our other cat is named Cowboy...)

Good to hear from you.


At 5/05/2006 5:56 AM, Blogger Simon Heseltine said...

Dave, it was caused by her thyroid problem, as she lost weight she lost her fat pad behin dher eye, which apparently caused her eye to sink, and started her eyelashes rubbing on it. This then started an irritation that led to the growth.


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