FIRE and Pets….

Many of us in the FIRE community are pet owners/lovers. They become part of our families, and they provide comfort to us as we walk our path through life. Our kids love playing with them (and so do we), and it just makes life easier (even if we have to walk them in the snow at 6am in the morning….)

However, they do cost money. Food, toys, materials, Cat tray “poo” powder….and medical care. Just recently, we had one of our cats become very listless, not her usual self. She is pretty high-strung, so we didn’t really want to stuff her in a cat carrier and take her to the vet – but eventually we decided we had to. Once there, they took a look and then gave us an estimate of $2,400 to do all the tests and fix her up, due to a serious infection. Ouch!

Mrs. 39 Months and I both looked at each other, and discussed the issue. Our cat was 9 years old, and was still fairly active until this issue.  She has been  a member of the family for a long time, and we couldn’t see life without her. However, we were concerned that she would suffer at the vets for several days, and still not get well. We didn’t want her last days to be like that. Still the vet felt we had a good chance to “save her.”

We are glad we did, because it turned out she wasn’t doing well, and they actually held her for 2 days, while they did a series of tests and pumped some antibiotics into her. She had a major kidney infection, and it took a while just to stabilize her. By the time it was over, she was pretty traumatized, and we got hit with a $2,800 Vet bill. They had given us an estimate beforehand, so it wasn’t too much of a shock. We ended up having to give her antibiotics orally for the next 4 weeks to help finish it off.

So it appears we managed to save her (still a few tests to run) but we’ll end up spending about $3,500 for our Pet’s medical needs. That’s a significant chunk of change for most folks, including us. Luckily we have a large emergency fund, so we weren’t stretched too much, but for so many folks this would be a terrible heartbreak. You have to feel for folks like that.

Hopefully you haven’t experienced anything like that, but if you have, you have my prayers.

Mr. 39 Months

2 thoughts on “FIRE and Pets….”

  1. Glad you spent the money and it all worked out. We went through the same decision last year in June. Our cat was 12 years and her eating habits started to change. We thought it was a tooth so took her in and when the vet was feeling her belly her found a large tumor. We ended up getting an US and confirmed a liver tumor and he said surgery was an option, but there was nothing wrong with letter nature take its course. We decided to operate, cost about 4k and she literally bounced right back about a month later. She is sitting beside me as a write this and seems to be doing well!

    1. Glad to hear it! Ours is doing just fine now, so the money was well spent.

      Mrs.39 Months is very emotional when we lose a pet, so I’m very happy to avoid that if possible.

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