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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    It's none of anyone's business how she spends her money. It isn't impacting you. I'd have given my cat a transplant if I had 19K when she went into renal failure. I had that cat half my life, and she was cool as shit. I'd have done anything I could to keep her around longer.

    I paid $4K to save a puppy from parvo, and part of that was a plasma transfusion, which some people would say is ridiculous.
    Supposing her beloved cat had needed a heart transplant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    My cat lived to 19, and renal failure is what killed her. It's the leading cause of death for cats.
    Life expectancy is the AVERAGE age at death, which for indoor kittahs is 15 years.

    Bella is going to be 7 this summer, I think, and this has begun to worry me. I want her to be healthier, happier and more alert.

    I will be paying a carpenter to build her a "catwalk" around the house, indoors, which some will say is a ridiculous expenditure for a rescue cat.

    Money I certainly could donate instead.

    IDGAF. She sleeps too much.

    So no, the money that lady spent isn't why this news story bothers me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
    They're more loyal than humans.
    Good for her.
    Bella is absolutely precious. I would kill to avenge her wrongful death.

    Speaking methaphorically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    I shared my life with Lucky (Lucius Felix Maximus) for 15 years and he developed Liver Cancer. The vet suggested a new Chemo treatment for cats just out from Monash University and I went for the idea. $5000 and three weeks later he died in my arms during the night crying out from the pain and looking at me as if he wanted me to save him.

    I couldn't ever do that again and just typing this is hurting like hell by bringing back the memory of that night. I should have let him go peacefully when he was diagnosed and not put him through so much pain for so long.
    I'm so sorry. I don't think you did anything wrong, but I totally understand your regret. I put a cat through a week's worth of hospitalization, force-feeding, etc. due to the Vet saying she could be saved, when I should have known better.

    She had FIP, the meds had worked as long as the specialist had predicted they would, and this was her final crash :-(.
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    Did the donor cat have any say in the matter....???!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Did the donor cat have any say in the matter....???!!!
    No, and neither does my rescue puppy (now a grown dog whose plasma can save other puppy's lives). She has a better immunity having had parvo and lived through it than a dog who was merely vaccinated or simply never had it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Did the donor cat have any say in the matter....???!!!
    Too bad cat owners can't donate one of their own kidneys to their cats, or both for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Supposing her beloved cat had needed a heart transplant?
    Perhaps one could be obtained from a cat who just died, as they do with humans?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Cat Owner Pays $19,000 for Feline Kidney Transplant | PEOPLE.com

    This news story does not sit well with me, and yet, I can't articulate one ethical problem significant enough to serve as a basis for interfering in this woman's choices.

    Your thoughts?
    People can spend their money how they're going to spend their money. She could have just donated $19,000 to a veterinary clinic if she really wanted to. And if she had, that wouldn't have made news. Maybe she has inherited wealth. Maybe their total household income is very high.

    One of the other thoughts I have though is that some people spend money quite stupidly, and so whenever I am hearing political rhetoric that regards all people who are poor as victims of those who are rich, I really take issue with it. Some people create their own financial problems because they make bad decisions. Not all people who are poor, but some people. There is no reason to try to run and hide from that fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Did the donor cat have any say in the matter....???!!!
    The power to consent is limited to humans, but this also means, humans with care of an animal should not cause that animal avoidable suffering.

    Anyone care to take a shot at explaining what the bible has to say on this subject?

    @aboutenough?

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