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    Woman Spends $19,000 on Kidney Transplant For Her Cat After Adopting Donor Cat

    Stanley the cat was on the last of his nine lives — at 17 years old, he was in end-stage kidney failure and the veterinarian said the only way to save the black-and-white feline was a kidney transplant, if he even qualified for the surgery.

    Another condition: Stanley’s owner would be required to adopt the donor cat as well.

    Though Betsy Boyd earns just $46,000 annually as a part-time writing professor, she didn’t hesitate to pay about $19,000 in transplant-related costs, even as friends tried talking her out of spending money they said could have gone toward college savings for her 3-year-old twins, Texas and Miner.

    “Stanley loves me as much as any human being has ever loved me and I love him the same way,” she tells PEOPLE. “I want him around.”

    Stanley underwent the procedure in November and is now back home in Baltimore, along with Jay, a formerly homeless 2-year-old cat who served as the kidney donor.

    “Stan is thriving and I’m relieved that this pet, who means at least as much to me as my siblings, still has a pulse,” Boyd says. “There’s a great chance Stan will now live to 20 at the very least.”

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    But instead of preparing to lose her furry best friend, Boyd contacted the feline renal transplant program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital, one of only three in the country performing such procedures.

    Like other potential patients, Stanley first had to be evaluated to ensure he didn’t have other significant medical conditions, says Dr. Lillian Aronson, a surgery professor at the university’s Veterinary Medicine school who started the transplant program in 1998.

    “Clinically, he looked great,” Aronson tells PEOPLE.

    Donor cats suffer no ill effects from giving up one of their two kidneys and their life expectancy is not impacted, she says. Indoor cats live on average about 14 to 16 years.

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    Though the price tag was hefty, Boyd says she’s built up savings through frugal living and is compensating by cutting back on expenses, including forgoing a new car to replace her 2009 Toyota. Boyd has no regrets; Jay — who came from a shelter, as do many other kitty donors — has already become a beloved member of the family with his “friendly, happy-go-lucky” personality, while the spring has returned to Stanley’s step.

    “He’s my muse and my best friend,” Boyd says. “He’s here purring. I know I did the right thing.”
    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?
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    I shoot my cats that come back injured but that's just me.

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    I can’t see any justification for interfering in her decision if that 19k is taxed and that tax money contributes to public health insurance that provides life saving kidney transplants for humans.

    But if that’s NOT the case - then 5 minutes in the company of a parent of a child needing an unaffordable kidney transplant would immediately understand the ethical justification for burning this fucking vet clinic to the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    I can’t see any justification for interfering in her decision if that 19k is taxed and that tax money contributes to public health insurance that provides life saving kidney transplants for humans.

    But if that’s NOT the case - then 5 minutes in the company of a parent of a child needing an unaffordable kidney transplant would immediately understand the ethical justification for burning this fucking vet clinic to the ground.
    The vet clinic bothers me as well. This nonsense of "Getting another year" out of a 19 year old cat, for starters. Don't domestic cats live about 15 years, on average?

    I think MAYBE they s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the truth.

    Not sure how taxes impact this. Not sure if pure veterinarian research is tax exempt.....and charging $19,000 for an experimental procedure sure sounds like profit-seeking.

    I guess I think this is borderline abuse of these beasties. All that pain, and for what? Donor cat is compromised, and Pet cat doesn't get the painfree death I think all humans owe their companion animals, when the time comes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    The vet clinic bothers me as well. This nonsense of "Getting another year" out of a 19 year old cat, for starters. Don't domestic cats live about 15 years, on average?

    I think MAYBE they s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the truth.

    Not sure how taxes impact this. Not sure if pure veterinarian research is tax exempt.....and charging $19,000 for an experimental procedure sure sounds like profit-seeking.

    I guess I think this is borderline abuse of these beasties. All that pain, and for what? Donor cat is compromised, and Pet car doesn't get the painfree death I think all humans owe their companion animals, when the time comes.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    The vet clinic bothers me as well. This nonsense of "Getting another year" out of a 19 year old cat, for starters. Don't domestic cats live about 15 years, on average?

    I think MAYBE they s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the truth.

    Not sure how taxes impact this. Not sure if pure veterinarian research is tax exempt.....and charging $19,000 for an experimental procedure sure sounds like profit-seeking.

    I guess I think this is borderline abuse of these beasties. All that pain, and for what? Donor cat is compromised, and Pet car doesn't get the painfree death I think all humans owe their companion animals, when the time comes.
    My cat lived to 19, and renal failure is what killed her. It's the leading cause of death for cats.
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    If I had the money to spend, I could definitely spend it on medical care for one of my cats, who's been kind of losing weight.

    Pippin.jpg
    Pippin used to be overweight; now he's underweight, and the tests to find out why are rather expensive. (Not $19K expensive, but still...) I had all the blood tests done, and those were clean, but next would be x-rays and ultrasound ... you wouldn't believe what they want for the ultrasound (though the x-rays aren't too bad).

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    Merry, on the other hand, is fine, apart from his Catsperger's Syndrome ... I just have to reorder his duloxetine (Prozac). Yes, I have a prozackitty.

    Oh, and they're litter-mates ... about 13-1/2 years old, now ... will be 14 in July.

    Hell, if I had $19K and needed to spend it on them, I would do it. I've had them since they were around 8 weeks old.

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    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.
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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 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?
    They're more loyal than humans.
    Good for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Its her money.

    I shoot my cats that come back injured but that's just me.
    That's what most poor people do.
    I guess that's more humane than letting them suffer without care.
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