Whether human or critter, getting older or being sick costs more. We just spent $1000 on dental care for Granny Seven the horse and little Molly cat. Granny is 27, which is old for a horse, and especially a horse who didn’t get the care she needed earlier in life. We adopted her when she was 20 and spent a lot of time and money rehabilitating her health. Now we’re spending a lot of money on special feeds that are easy for her to eat, and to keep her weight up.
Molly is only 4 years old, but she has chronic kidney disease (CKD). She came to us when she was about 18 months old, and have no idea what happened to her. CKD is rare in young cats, so maybe she drank poison, or was so malnourished it damaged her kidneys. She went in to have to her teeth cleaned, with severe tartar and inflamed gums. She came out minus her six upper incisors, and dubious forecasts for the longevity of several of her remaining teeth. Molly is doing well overall. We feed her a restricted diet to support kidney function, and give her oral medication as needed to control nausea and appetite loss. She is keeping her weight up and has gone from listless to hellion. We enjoy her helling around because she is acting like a real cat.
There are several morals here. The first one is prevention costs a whole lot less. Both Molly and Granny Seven would be in much better condition now if they had received proper care from the beginning.
The second moral is these critters deserve the best care we can give them because we are responsible for them. They didn’t sign up for this.
The third moral is all of the above applies to humans, too. Prevention is the most cost-effective, we all get old, we all get sick, so don’t waste energy being surprised and appalled by some people needing more support. That’s life. Plan for it.