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dcbl
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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supadave3


fricking love that

here is my best Pumpkin story, and really even my best cat story, and I watched a cat fight a wild Turkey my 5th year at UGA (a couple of buddies and I found a 90 acre farmhouse for rent that bordered State of Georgia protected wildlife land, bordered by a crick (sic), across the creek, killing deer was jail time, our side of the creek?

Venison all year
apartments are there now, that whole story may be thread worthy...)

I witnessed my boxer harassing my son when the boy was about 9 years old

Pumpkin CHARGED Baxter and swiped him across the face, but "gently" -- did not rip Baxter's face off, or even rip him up much.

Bax had a little scratch on his nose, no tears or real damage

Baxter NEVER fricked with my son again and gave the cat as much distance as he could after that until we sent him to the farm.with a relative a few months later

also, I have posted about my 9 year old autistic daughter in several threads

she used to seriously frick with Pumpkin, from the time she could catch him until she was about 4 years old

She would grab him by his tail, and pull up as far as she could until he could get away for roughly 2 years

he kept his distance, but sometimes she would still catch him

I NEVER helped her catch him, and many times stopped her from catching him

when she was almost 4, she caught him one time, by the tail

I saw her do it

He coiled up, twisted his body, and "boxed" her hand

she released him, turned around, and ran off SCREAMING

over the following 3 years, she gave the cat State of Michigan "social distancing"

she had a pin prick on her hand, barely...

he rescinded his claws and hit her as hard as he could to get away

5 years later, she loves Pumpkin, opens the door and says says "hi"

will pet him quickly if encouraged

Pumpkin practices social distancing with her as well...

this cat let my special needs child rough house with him, and when he set his boundary, he did it gently

when she was little, he tolerated it

as she got bigger and rougher, he fought harder and kept away

one time she got too rough, and it did not go dramatically bad for her

yeah, I probably love this cat...


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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He’s probably got another 4-5 years in him

Do it


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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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her 8th cat, my 4 th

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I'm ready for #5

Don't you mean #9?

post pics
of the cat





& the wife


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windmill
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
By your description the infection is the issue at hand now. It sounds as though you're late in addressing it as well. You don't put a loyal pet down because of what part of it's health is going to fail in the future-you deal with the issue before you at this time. There is no telling of when this cat will eventually die-everything eventually dies. You don't abandon your pet when it needs you the most. Stand behind your pet. It's been faithful and brought your family much joy over the years. Give it the care an animal owner signs up for when they first get the pet. Don't get another one if you're going to abandon it when times get tough.


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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ETA: He's indoors only though and downside is he's torn up our wood door trim. I don't have the heart to get him declawed but am considering getting front ones taken out and leaving the rear ones in. He's gotten better after I spray cat-a-way stuff on it but our downstairs trims are torn up and it looks awful. He ignored our carpet scratch post, I need to get a wooden one.


I think you can get plastic tips attached to the claws now.


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OweO
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how much would you spend to save a 15 year old cat?


Is he sick or something? Are you asking because the cat needs surgery and it will cost a lot? Or is this related to the other cats pushing him around?


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
Is he fixed? My cat stopped fighting after we fixed him.


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dyslexiateechur
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
What’s the prognosis, what’s his quality of life like, and how attached are you?

I’m fixin to drop $490-$1000 for my 11 year old chihuahua and she’s worth every penny.



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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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I would not spend more than $250 to save a 15 year old pet.

Put it down.


Know how I know you're not an OT baller?


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
Well if you're worried about the other cats pushing him around then just keep him inside.

Depending on what is wrong with him, if the costs are reasonable then save him bc he probably has another 4-5 years.


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
What a sad thread, and how much it relates to many of us and our pets.
It sounds as if the problem has become systemic and that is a lot harder to treat. The story about the cats and OP's children takes the decision making to a whole new level.

We had an outdoor cat who was abandoned by her Mother as a very small kitten because of an umbilical cord infection. I bought her affection with cream and tuna fish and told her cats here don't go on the medical plan until they are fixed. Her immune system was strong enough that she survived and at about eight months, her ears started to show skin cancer. No problem. Then a wild turkey took a scoop out of her back when she was about ten. She survived without doctor's intervention. Then at thirteen she somehow knew that the coldest night of the year would happen, so she asked to come in that night. Her ears were still deformed. When she got to sixteen one ear got worse. We took her to the 'that part of town' vet and they docked that ear and that bought her two more years. Then cancer took all of her.

If you can read your pets' immune systems strengths, it can get them through youth and middle age. It's old age when we have to help and sometimes, the helping is making painful to us decisions.


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
How is the cats quality of life?
Other than being older and slower, is it in any pain, organs shutting down?


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ZappBrannigan
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
Most vets won't do declawing in any fashion now. The plastic tips are shite that fall off. Grinding is unfortunately the only real option.


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Tshiz
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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I told the boy ROLL TIDE, but the wife said that he had worked hard enough to go where he wanted, and sometimes it's worth it to keep your powder dry for a more important fight.


Not to high Jack but unless the wife is paying the 1k a month I would tell her to kick rocks. Always take the free money.


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
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Is he sick or something? Are you asking because the cat needs surgery and it will cost a lot? Or is this related to the other cats pushing him around?



don't care that he is not "tough" anymore; this is about his quality of life

vet said his bump is not an abscess; it is a growth

she gave me 3 options

1 -- extensive surgery; she said the growth would probably come back

2 -- antibiotics and a steroid shot for anti-inflammatory

3 -- put him down

the gaping wound on his back just popped up and the growth doubled overnight as of yesterday

they said that the wound on his back will never heal or close without the surgery, and the surgery might kill him

their recommendation was to put him down, vet said "he is 16 and seems to have had a really good life" at least twice to my wife...

I made the emotional decision to do the shots and see if they help; this also gives the kids a day or 2 to say goodbye if he does not get better

they only charged $115 today, would have been the same price to put him down

he is oozing blood and puss, so the wife says no to letting him inside -- this also prevents us from treating him for fleas/ticks...

vet said he does not seem to be in pain, and was surprised that he jumped from the floor to the top of a bookcase to get away from her... my thought is that he has to be in pain, that damn thing HAS to hurt, or at least be very comfortable

he still kills chipmunks

the oozing bump & bleeding scar got dramatically worse yesterday

the growth also about doubled in size

we will probably put him down this week









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Sucks dude.


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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
Sorry to hear about that dude.



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dyslexiateechur
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re: update about my cat; vet recommends to euthenize
Poor baby


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real turf fan
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I think you're making good decisions. Involving your children is the right thing to do and they can see that you are trying very hard to do the best for your (all your) cat.

I hate cancer in cats. All of a sudden you have no choices, just an understanding of what's coming. From mine, I saw no evidence that they understood their future, and that was the only positive that kept me from bawling while petting them.


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