So Elaine agreed to take her, with the understanding that we would pay the vet bills because we didn't want Elaine saddled with any expenses related to an older cat.
Molly, sitting with Ruth in June of this year.
So Molly turned 20 years old on July 1st of this year. She's been doing really well. Doesn't jump at all any more, and she's definitely looking like an old cat. Has some arthritis we think, and she moves pretty slowly, but still seemed to enjoy being around.
Then we got an email this morning that Molly hadn't been well, and Elaine hummed and hawed and made the decision to take her to the emergency vet. We had had a discussion in the summer about this possibility and had pretty much made the decision that we wouldn't be willing to spend a ton of money on an older cat, but that we would treat each instance on it's own merits.
So for the emergency consultation, it is $150...then $270 for a urine test and $30 for a blood test. And of course another 13% to the government. So we're over $500 already. Then, he may want to do x-rays and other stuff depending on what comes back from these two tests.
We're thinking that's enough. If there are x-rays required for diagnosis, then whatever they find will require surgery to repair and then of course you're at least another $1,000 on top of the $500 we're already committed to.
We learned last year at this time that extending an elderly pets life is a trying event, both financially and emotionally. It is such a tough decision to have to make.
On to other news.
We did a huge grocery shop yesterday. Rick and Helen drove us to the Lidl grocery store in Hereford, and then to the big Tesco store. Spent £155 ($256)!!! On food, beer, and wine. Should keep us going until Helen and Tony arrive this Friday night...too funny. But seriously, we're going to be here for three weeks, so we bought as much as we could in the one shop.
Ruth, Rick, Emily, Helen, and Annabel. Oh, and Harvey on the far right!
Helen made a (very!) spicy curry for dinner last night and we all sat up too late having drinks and talking. They were up at 5:30am this morning to head for Heathrow airport for their flight to Canada.
We took Harvey out for a nice walk this morning, and then sat and had a coffee and tea outside.
Ruth and Harvey.
Kevin, Harvey, and Ruth outside having our coffee and tea this morning.
Oh, and we hadn't been by the front door until this morning because we've always been using the back door. So we came across our welcome sign set up by the front entrance...
Thanks for the welcome!