We lost a very sweet member of the family this past month - our sweet cat Oscar. He had emergency bladder surgery and while he survived the procedure, his kidneys failed him four days later.
To some who are reading this, he was simply a family pet but to us, his loss has been a large shock to our little family. What caused the issues was the food that we chose to feed him which was Purina cat food that you would buy in the grocery store. The guilt that I have had over feeding them what I thought was the “best” food has not subsided yet and I’ve become a helicopter parent to our other cat Felix.
We were blessed in the fact that we did have money to cremate Oscar (there is not a pet cemetery on our side of the state) and pay for his vet bills that totaled over $1,400. If this had happened while we were trying to get out of debt, I think we would have had to make even harder choices about Oscar’s care.
I will say if you do have any furry children and you don’t have a burial/funeral plan for them, please make one. We had no idea that when you cremate a pet, you have to pay MORE to have your own pet returned back to you versus having the ashes of your pet along with others. Also, we did not have a pet savings fund and took a payment out of our IVF fund to cover the costs. Since we could not afford pet insurance years ago, we now plan to have a Felix fund to help with any future costs.