Just got back from the vets with Nina. She’s been throwing up a bit more than normal (she always gets hairballs) so I thought I’d get her looked over. The vet took a look, and weighed her and listened to the situation, but didn’t come up with anything conclusive. She wanted to take a blood test, which is fair enough, but Nina was being a bit wriggly this morning so even with the assistance of a nurse they couldn’t do that so the vet came back and said that they’d want to sedate her, which seems a bit extreme and would have also cost another £150 (on top of the £100 they wanted for the blood test).
But Nina’s an old cat. I’ve had her for more than ten years and she was a mystery when I got her from the RSPCA. We went through all sorts of tests and things about four years ago when she lost a lot of weight, and that was all pretty inconclusive, with a lot of the problems put down to her being an older cat. I wouldn’t want her to go through all that again, and I don’t want us to go through all that again. It was pretty traumatic at the time, and I doubt that we would be able to do the back and forth for overnight stays for her at vets in a different town (she was shipped off to a different branch in Worthing for a bit) when we’ve got a toddler as our priority.
My gut reaction is that she’s an old cat, and that’s what happens to old cats. I’m sure vetinary science these days is much improved and there are things that can be done, but is it really fair to subject an old cat who doesn’t understand all that? My view is that it’s not, but I did feel to be made like a bit of a bad owner by the vet for taking that view. It wasn’t said out loud, but there was an element of “that’s your decision”