And It Was Raining Anyhow
My kitty, Reggie, took up the evening as I had to take him to the vet. His little tongue had been hanging out on Sunday and he was not really eating. I suspected an abscessed tooth, and I was right.
The embarrassing part for me was that it was his canine tooth (little fang) in the front that was causing the main problem. It was so loose it had shifted and was catching on another tooth so he could not completely close his mouth. Poor little tyke.
Fortunately the vet had an opening for a dental surgery today (Tuesday) so I left Reggie to spend the night and get his teeth taken care of. The only problem is the expense. We are inching up towards $1000 for the surgery and care. This does include potential extractions, but still! My own dental insurance only covers $1500 a year for my teeth. I don't think I've had a dentist bill for more than $200 at a time for me.
While I do understand Reggie will need to go under full anesthesia for his surgery, the cost is still pretty staggering. To top it off, one of my other kitties will need a teeth cleaning soon too and I figure, with no extractions, it will still be around $500. If he needs any additional work, that will, of course add to the costs.
My friend had to take her cat in to the vet this week as well. Essentially they found nothing wrong, even though the kitty was not eating, and it cost her $500 for the visit and tests.
With the economy struggling as it is, how many people are unable to care for their pets? I haven't seen the bill from the vet for my horses yet, and it will be added to when Tucker gets his Xrays, but I've usually found that bill to be less than a kitty visit to the vet.
Don't know what the deal is here, but it is going to put a big hole in my pocketbook, that's for sure. Every time I get a little ahead, something happens to put me back behind. Good thing I am teaching for now and earning a little supplemental income.
Hopefully Reggie will be just fine and come home tonight. I think the other kitties missed him.
I know I did.