First Number In Action: Vet Bills

Among the delays for getting posts up on Life of Pookah has been illness within our home. One miserable week laid out in bed followed by another week of slow recovery.

Pookah has been very, very worried! Pookah has worn herself ragged trying to take care of Pookah’s pet humans. The extra effort on Pookah’s part has required massive consumption of tasty foods.

Now Pookah is searching for this “Pudgey Pudgins” individual is, and why “Pudgins” is in Pookah’s house!

Then, Old Lady Cat was ill, then took a nosedive for the worse. Translate this to additional vet bills. On the heels of Pookah’s daughter’s illness and ongoing slow recovery, this is extra expense that is breaking our monthly budget.

Did this qualify as an emergency, and why?

In this article, we set up our First Number – the Emergency Fund. Later analysis showed that, with the responsibility of pets included, we needed to increase our Emergency Fund commensurately with the responsibility of caring for our pets.

We are now in a position where, temporarily, our pets’ illnesses have broken our budget. The illnesses in question are life-threatening to the pets.

It is further complicated because Old Lady Cat is near the end of her life expectancy, is a rescue from an abusive environment, is going blind and deaf, has severe arthritis, and has a long history of health issues. She is also an integral part of our lives, and a generously affectionate part of our household.

Affectionate to HUMANS, you mean! Old Lady Cat tried to maul Pookah when Pookah first came into human’s house. Before it became Pookah’s house.

Who is “Pudgins?”

If Old Lady Cat does not improve, and soon, the next step is to undergo an expensive procedure – ultrasound imaging – to try and determine the cause of her illness and render treatment. Or, if the worst is revealed, make her as comfortable as possible. This procedure is expensive… and may reveal nothing.

So, since Old Lady Cat is “mine” (I am the one responsible for adopting her and bringing her into our lives permanently), the responsibility for deciding is mine… with S.O.’s input. After all, that Emergency Fund is there for S.O., too.

We discussed the pro’s and con’s, reviewed the vet’s recommendations and alternatives.

I decided to go ahead with the ultrasound, and asked if S.O. agreed that this qualified as an emergency — and therefore I could tap the First Number (as increased for our pets) to pay for it. S.O. agreed – this qualifies.

If Old Lady Cat’s situation does not improve very soon (as in, the day I am writing this), we will tap the Emergency Fund up to the amount allocated for OLC’s care for this attempt to diagnose. If the scan does not reveal anything, or shows that her condition is terminal, then we make her as comfortable as possible and face the harder decision. If the scan is successful, and reasonable treatment is available, then we adjust the budget to compensate (and refill the First Number).

Pookah will find this “Pudgins”, and bite HIS tail! Only a male cat would be so foolish as to enter Pookah’s house!

I knew when I adopted Old Lady Cat that the day would come when I’d lose her.

It will be very hard.

3 Responses to “First Number In Action: Vet Bills”

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  2. PookahBoss says:

    Hello, Bertha!

    Old Lady Cat is doing a little bit better. She’s eating more, but is still very sick.

    Getting old does suck. The older I get, the better I used to be!

  3. Bertha says:

    Poor Old Lady Cat. Getting old sucks, regardless of species.

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