Dear Crabby, Please Help Save My Cat!

Dear Crabby,

I love my cat so much, but he is very sick with something right now. My therapist says I should not spend any money on her since she is 18 years old and probably near the end of her life. But I cannot live without her; I would spend every last dime I have to keep her just one more day! What should I do?

Sincerely, Cat Woman

Dear Cat Woman,

Well, I need to tell you that you are probably asking the wrong guy. I am not a huge cat fan and I probably wouldn’t have spent the money to even get the vet’s opinion in the first place. I can understand that people really enjoy their pets, and they feel that when they depart a piece of them departs too. I feel similarly when one of my favorite television shows gets cancelled! Of course, I would not spend any money to keep the show, but I am sad for a few days after I hear about it, and then I move on. I have had several pets and some were good and others were better off gone! I talked with one friend whose wife was a cat-lover while he was not. Their cat was also up in years and started having some sort of an issue that they went to a veterinarian about. The vet gave them some medicine in a bottle and told them to give the cat one eye-dropper amount every day for life. The medicine was about $80 per bottle. My friend quickly figured out a way to add water to the bottle every day to keep his wife from spending more money. A few months later, the cat passed away anyhow. I am not saying I agree with my friend, but I can certainly sympathize with his thriftiness. Mrs. Crabby and I had a cat once that after about 4 years of fine behavior, started having accidents on our carpet. We took him into the vet and let him be examined. After a few moments, the vet said he thought our cat was depressed and needed to be put on some anti-depressants for a year or two. I thought about it for about two seconds and said, “No thank you.” We decided to get a dog instead and that kept the cat on his toes – no worries about depression then! I guess every animal owner needs to make their own decisions. Whether you spend a fortune or just give them all the love you can for free, they know you love them by your actions. My animals were basically lucky to have a roof over their head and food to eat every once in a while! So, good luck and let me know how it turns out!

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

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