Little Kitty needed to get her teeth cleaned. So DH took her to the vet.
Before they could give her anesthesia, they had to do $600 worth of tests.
Unfortunately, one of the tests came back with elevated calcium levels. So no anesthesia. No teeth cleaning.
Instead, more tests.
First, a test for what kind of elevated calcium it was, since only the ionized kind is bad. $214.70 and a few days time for the calcium test.
She has elevated ionized calcium. :(
The next step is to see if she has parathyroid problems or stomach cancer. Test for parathyroid: $950. Ultrasound for cancer: $1000. (Plus a few days to work up the estimates.)
That’s a lot of money.
So our next step is to ask what the treatment options are if either of these cost money, and what those treatments will do to Little Kitty. If they’re things that can be fixed with minimal harm to her, then we’ll pay for the tests and the treatment. But if they’re things where the treatment is as bad as the disease, then well, it might be best not to know. Because kitties don’t understand what’s going on with them and they’re not gaining an additional 30 years with a successful cancer treatment, especially not older kitties.
Right now Little Kitty seems to be in high spirits. Other than being a bit skinny and the occasional bout of IBS whenever she eats something she shouldn’t, she *seems* fine.
Still, the parathyroid thing would explain the IBS. And elevated calcium levels do need to be treated so as not to cause problems with the kidneys.
If these $2000 turn up nothing, there will probably be more tests. If they turn up something, then there will be more money for treatment (probably surgery, according to Dr. Google). How much money is too much? What is Little Kitty’s life worth?
Right now we’re fortunate to be able to say that Little Kitty is more important than a kitchen renovation.
It is going to be an expensive summer.