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Fri, Nov 9 | By Matt Van Hoven | 498

In recent years, pet healthcare has begun to follow suit with human care. CAT scans, MRIs, cancer treatments and much more are all available for the modern pet. And just like human healthcare, pet medicine isn't cheap. One Pennsylvan… more ›

$10k Kitten Cure
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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

First of all let us all hope that the kitten only needed the ventilator for a short period of time and is now running and playing and doing all the fun things that young cats do.

Yes, to be sure $10,000 is a lot of money, but how does one put a monetary cap on the life of a loved one? I know that I am still in debt because of my efforts to save one big beloved dog and the sweetest cat ever. Efforts failed, but I don't for one second regret or begrudge the money.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

I love my cats and dogs and I always do everything that I can but I can't morgage the farm to save a kitten. I hate that so many people are so quick to let a pet go and just figure there is another one but we do have to stay within our means. There are many dying for lack of a home. Maybe that would be the more sensible route. I did have a case where I turned down the "recommended" treatment for my dog who had two mast cell tumors. I had the surgery but not the radiation treatment that was beyond my means. God honored my decision and healed my dog with just the surgery. Now more than two years later, she has had no reccurance.

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

I admit I probably would not have done it, but it's their business and why not?

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Lynda
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Lynda
6 years ago

I am not sure if I would spend that much but I have no children and my pets are my children and a parent will do just about anything for a child

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Theresa
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Theresa
6 years ago

How much did the kitten suffer for the selfishness of the family? Sometimes there is a bigger plan, and we need to say "Goodbye".

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

STUPID!!! So they saved one (1) kitten's life and took out a loan. If the family hits another crises, will they be able to take out another loan? The vet found a real sucker. How can they be sure its the same kitten?

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Alice S.
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Alice S.
6 years ago

This was her choice and I'm glad the kitten is doing well. At least I hope it is. My self I'm afraid I would have to draw the line long before that. It is a personal choice I guess. But that is an awful lot of money.

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marlyn p.
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marlyn p.
6 years ago

Thank goodness they were able to make a way to afford the treatment. I hope the kitten is doing well.

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Jenn
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Jenn
6 years ago

$10k is a lot. I wonder how the kitten is doing now.

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Katie W.
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Katie W.
6 years ago

wowza, i thought paying $800 for my cat's surgery was a lot. Its nearly impossible to say no when you see their little faces just looking to you for comfort. I probably would have done the same thing.

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Luv4pets2008
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Luv4pets2008
6 years ago

Awe that's really adorable, however I think that $10K is WAY to much. Especially when there are so many other cats and kittens waiting to be adopted. I understand the families arguement for wanting to save the kitten however I don't think that $10K was really worth it.

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

I think it's the family's own personal decision on how much they are capable of spending to save their pet. We recently had to spend a great deal of money on an orthopedic surgery for our dog. Our money, our decision...it's not for anyone else to say what is too much or too little.

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

$10k? thats nuts

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

If some people are willing to pay $22k for a designer cat then $10k for a beloved kitten doesn't sound that crazy.

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Katrina  J.
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Katrina J.
7 years ago

Good story

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Rememberingromeo
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Rememberingromeo
7 years ago

Wow, it is hard for me to imagine that kind of a vet. bill, but that is because I couldn't pay it off. I do understand loving your pet like a child, and it sounds like this pet lover had great hopes for this little life. How can I criticize that kind of devotion. It is hard for me to imagine following suit if I did have the money, however; because I would have to weigh the cost against against the volume of other animals and humans that don't have food and water or a place to call home. Doing so would make my heart break into a million pieces without consolation too for the precious kitten life lost. It is a horrible choice for a mother to have to make, and I don't like doing it, ever.

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Tlessex
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Tlessex
7 years ago

Veterinary care is very expensive - there aren't very many people who would spend that kind of money to save the life of their kitten. Especially with such a low prognosis. They must love this kitten very much!

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Dee
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Dee
7 years ago

This is way past my limit

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
7 years ago

What people with means can do for their animals! I guess that's OK but most people could not afford those bucks!

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Mad314
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Mad314
7 years ago

I'm glad that they chose to save it. I know I would have done the same becuase like they said, pets are a part of the family.

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Crystal760
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Crystal760
7 years ago

This family sounds very kind, I am very pleased to hear that they would do all that to save their family pet. I just hope they don't lose their house are car because of it...

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Yanicka
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Yanicka
7 years ago

Oh my... I love my animals as if they were my own children and I would do so many things for them... I'm just not sure that kind of spending is reasonable. A kitten should be running and playing, not hooked up to a ventilator. As big of an animal lover as I am I also believe in nature taking its course.
I applaud the family for doing what they think is right for their cat and we don't have to agree with it I just hope it's worth it for them.

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PurplePoe
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PurplePoe
7 years ago

I guess if one can find the financial means to do so and the animal will have a good quality of life then more power to them.

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Alec R.
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Alec R.
7 years ago

Yea if the kitten will still lead a normal life I'm all for it. Even so, you can always make money but a loved one cannot be replaced, only remembered.

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Maxinerauh
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Maxinerauh
7 years ago

wow! that is a real pet owner!! they did whatever they could to help their kitten! that's so amazing and admirable how much they care for their pet to take out a loan!!! wow! that's wonderful

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Jen22
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Jen22
7 years ago

i AGRESS WITH DECKER1

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Farva
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Farva
7 years ago

too much money

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Mjlib2001
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Mjlib2001
7 years ago

I am glad they care deeply enough to save their animal. I just hope the animal is not to uncomfortable with the ventilator.

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Nicoleyoley21
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Nicoleyoley21
7 years ago

hmm...I can understand when you really love something/someone and you just want to keep it no matter what the cost but is this cat going to be normal and happy, and will it be worth the 10k they paid?

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3BOYS1GIRL
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3BOYS1GIRL
7 years ago

IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO PAY THE BILLS IT SHOULD NOT MATTER HOW YOU GET THE MONEY TO SAVE A PET. I HAVE DONE THE SAME THING BEFORE WITH CREDIT CARDS. I DI NOT TAKE FOOD AWAY FROM MY TABLE OR FROM A CHILD. NO ONE WAS DEPRIVED FROM MY DEBT TO THE VET, I WORK HARDER AND PAY THE DEBT!

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Furls
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Furls
7 years ago

This is one lucky kitten. May the rest of her life be in good health.

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Einstein4614
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Einstein4614
7 years ago

That is a lot of money.

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shelia s.
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shelia s.
7 years ago

I would have done the same thing. I got a new puppy one time and he got hurt the first 2 weeks I had him. I spent over 3,ooo dollars getting him back to normal!

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Cheng30
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Cheng30
7 years ago

This is a member of their family and so this makes sense! I wish both the kitty and the family the best of luck and a safe and fast recovery!!!

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Sarahbell
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Sarahbell
7 years ago

I think their decision was a very personal one. I do not believe it is for me to judge their decision. Until you have had a sick animal that you love, you will never know how hard these decisions can be. We think nothing of spending thousands of dollars on human health care...why should animal health care be any different? I would choose any one of my pets over lots of humans any day.

I do think the question of quality of life is relevant...whether it be animal or human life. If quality of life can be maintained, then in most cases I would consider it money well spent.

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Baxtersbarkery
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Baxtersbarkery
7 years ago

I also agree that quality of life is very important, if the kitten can have a normal life than the expenses are well worth it. It sickens me when I hear of people that have their pets euthanized because they are unwilling to pay medical bills for illnesses that have a high rate of cure.

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D C.
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D C.
7 years ago

Money is not the point. This family loved another creature so much that they were willing to do whatever it took to help them stay alive...bravo! They deserve the upmost respect for having such loving and compassionate hearts to not disregard an animal who needs medical attention.

This article wants us to judge a family for making this decision..which is wrong. Instead we should be praising them and congradulating them for THEIR decision.

Glad the cat survived..sad teh article couldn't even mention the cats name but remembered the cost of the vet bill.

Insurance on your pets should be more available.

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Blawrence
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Blawrence
7 years ago

That would be a hard decision for me. $10K can help alot of other healthy kittens find homes. Do you save one and sacrifice many?

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Kelch
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Kelch
7 years ago

I understand that it's a memeber of your family but 10K there's no way I would pay that much to save a cat it was only a kitten and already had tons of problems

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Lipidium
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Lipidium
7 years ago

The article never said if the animal had a complete recovery - it sounds like the kitten is STILL on a ventilator? A conclusion to this story would be nice.....

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Lauriebill
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Lauriebill
7 years ago

It's amazing to see how strong the bond and love between family-pet can be! I hope she recovers well!

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Cheer4veggies113
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Cheer4veggies113
7 years ago

is this 10K before or after pet/veternary insurance? and if this family didnt have insurance i hope they get some, i mean if this Kitten already had medical issues now what will happen 5, 10 years down the road?

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Rmcneely
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Rmcneely
7 years ago

I think that is awesome that they would go that far out of their finance budget to save their cat

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Amanda V.
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Amanda V.
7 years ago

I agree with many posts the quality of life is better than quanitity. It sounds like to me that the owners did care alot for the kitten. They went far an beyond what most people would do for it.

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Elizabeth B.
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Elizabeth B.
7 years ago


This family is very, very kind.

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Wingedmonkey67
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Wingedmonkey67
7 years ago

I suppose if they were willing to spend the $$$$ on kitty, that is their choice and hopefully the kitty will live to a ripe old age. Many people struggle with this on a smaller scale each day with their pets...deciding whether they can afford treatment options.

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Amykady
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Amykady
7 years ago

I think it's wonderful they were able to do this for the kitten, part of their decision was probably the fact that their daughter was attached to the kitten as well, very hard to say to your little one that you won't spend money to save the animals life. Unfortunately not everyone could afford it. The pet insurance is a great idea!!

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Cayce M.
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Cayce M.
7 years ago

I love my pet and if I had $10K to save his life, I would. No matter what the chance would be of him living or not.

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Jhsingson
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Jhsingson
7 years ago

I can't imagine any pet medical bill being $10k, but if you love your kitty that much, I guess to you it's worth it.

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Kathi T.
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Kathi T.
7 years ago

everyone has to make their own decisions with the facts they are given regarding the pets health and also how healthy one's pocket book is.

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