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Veterinary woes...
Friday the 21st we went to the vet with three cats. Two were given a clean bill of health, the third was said to be in really poor shape, probably untreatable and definitely expensive to diagnose. Two days later, she passed away. That still left two cats in good health.

Two days ago, our eldest cat (estimated to be 17 or so) spent the evening throwing up his food. He has been reluctant to eat since. Skitten thinks that he is afraid of throwing it up again. I've tried changing his food, trying new brands, etc. He'll eat one brand of cat treat, but not much else. This is worrying.

I don't get paid until Friday, and I don't have much money in the bank. I can't afford to take him to the vet until then.

This evening, around 9pm, he started started acting weirdly; He hopped into an empty laundry basket, sat on his butt, and skooted forward. An examination of the basket showed that he also left a streak of blood in the process. This is very worrying.

Skitten was out at a guitar class, inaccessible with the car. I have no money to take him to the vet anyway. I did call the vet's emergency number (the office of a different vet) who, because of the time, referred me on to Cornell Companion Animal Hospital. I've taken cats there before in the middle of the night. It's expensive. I can't afford to pay today anyway. And I suspect we might still owe them money from the last time we took a cat there in the middle of the night to be put down.

My current plan is to call my vet's office tomorrow morning when they open, tell them about the problems, both with the cat and with my wallet, and get him in tomorrow morning and hope they can do something.

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Aw, hon. You're sure it was blood? Was this one of the cats checked out??

17 years old and blood doesn't sound good. 17 is old, you know that. Paddock was 18 and he was one of the oldest cats our vet had seen.

It was blood; it was one of the cats checked out. It doesn't sound good to me, either.

I'm assuming at this point that this isn't a chronic illness, but rather something acute -- something he ate, maybe.

And I know he's old.

I'll keep a good thought for you. I'm sorry you are in this situation.

Have you looked into Care Credit. It's no or low interest financing for health issues, including animals. :)

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