I’m not sure that Sandy will ever speak to us again. Or, ya know, the cat equivalent.
After we took her to the vet for a checkup/shots, we scheduled her for an appointment to have the bad teeth taken out. Until then, we have to give her antibiotics and an oral rinse. Let me just repeat that: an oral rinse.
So Tim has to hold her in his arms, pinning down her front legs so she can’t claw to get away. Then he leans over the sink to get her as close to sideways as possible. And I squirt liquid at her gums and teeth while she coughs and sputters and generally looks indignant. Then, just when it’s all over, we squirt antibiotics into her mouth, making her cough some more.
Which is when I realized that this is like waterboarding for cats. Poor thing.
So, she’s suffered through that indignity for four days. On Monday, we dropped her off at the Petsmart Hotel for four days. (Waterboarding then actual boarding. Yeesh.) Then, when I pick her up Thursday night/Friday morning, I have to drop her right back off at the vet to get her teeth out.
On a financial note, we definitely made the right choice in buying a wellness plan. It includes yearly shots, semi-annual checkups and an annual, sedated teeth cleaning. Just the cleaning alone would cost $345. And the shots would have been $101.50.
Instead, we paid $381 for the yearly plan and initial sign-up fee, plus we get 15% off all services not covered under the plan. Like, say, extractions. So we’ve already saved money.
I suppose it sounds silly to talk about savings on such a large purchase. But I’ve pledged to be a more responsible pet owner, which means being proactive about health matters — which involves spending. Given that she’s been with me for nearly 6 years, I really can’t begrudge her comfort just because I’d prefer the money went into savings.
Somehow, I doubt Sandy appreciates any of this. Cats don’t much care about frugality, and I know she hates the meds. But she’ll feel a lot better when it’s all over, which will hopefully make up for the suffering of the past two weeks.