Am I a bad person for putting my cat down because she has hyperthyroidism

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Old 10-01-2019, 11:48 AM
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Am I a bad person for putting my cat down because she has hyperthyroidism

I have a 15 year old manx cat. I took her to the vet last week. The vet said shes in really good shape for a 15 year old outdoor cat. The only thing he was a little concerned about is that shes a couple pounds underweight, and recommended she has bloodwork done soon to check for hypothyroidism. To be honest. It's my moms cat. And it had never been to the vet, and my mom didnt want to take he just because she looked healthy. My conscience took over, and I took her to get checked out. So, if It turned out she had hyperthyroidism, it would end up costing a lot of money. Even if we cured it, she is already pretty old. She lived a long life. Would it be really that bad to have her put down?
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:40 PM
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You can easily treat that with thyroid medication..there is no reason to put the cat down, you are lucky..our pup Maxie has cutaneous lymphoma, its a rare lymphoma affecting the skin, he's uncomfortable at times, licking, etc but he's still alive, we wont put him down til we know he is truly suffering, I wish his only issue was a thyroid problem, its an easy fix..enjoy every minute with your kitty thyroid meds are not expensive, our pup Nemo was on thyroid meds for 8 yrs..heck I have the same condition since I was 20 yrs old just have to take meds for it
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:56 PM
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But why would I want to spend 60 a month on a cat that's probably not gonna live a whole lot longer. I hardly see the cat iether. Its usually out hunting.
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She could easily live a comfortable life for another three to five years, with the right care. Well worth the $60.00 monthly cost IMO. Once you get the medication and correct dosage defined, you may be able to get the meds for less, from a different supplier. All you would need is the Rx from your Vet.
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:20 PM
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Having a thyroid condition is NOT a terminal illness, Ive taken medication for a long time, dogs/cats are the same. I know that for many K-9 and feline medications, you can even buy them at CVS for a much cheaper price, you can ask the vet about it sometimes the price is cut in half you would be surprised
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Thyroid

Hi. I understand the cost of pet meds. I will make a suggestion to see a wholistic vet. The homeopathic meds are different priced. They may have a liquid you administer with a dropper.

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You cared enough to come on here and ask for opinions

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But why would I want to spend 60 a month on a cat that's probably not gonna live a whole lot longer. I hardly see the cat iether. Its usually out hunting.

It's very sad that an animal's life can have so little value. You took her in and for that you deserve credit, but really, she deserves someone to care for her more than that. Call around and check other prices. She could live quite a bit longer if she has that extra care. And really, that effort is pretty minimal when it will give a better quality of life.

She's very lucky that she didn't have other health problems along the way, especially considering she's never been to a vet.

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Old 10-02-2019, 12:23 PM
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Give the cat to a friend, family member if you no longer want her, that way she can continue to live her life and get the thyroid medication she needs
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