Horace had recovered fully from his upset by the time I returned home from work yesterday. He ate his usual amount of food for dinner, complained at me while I ate mine because he wanted to sit on my lap and, after he had accomplished that mission, had an active play-session. His problem may have been a hairball, or a stomach-bug. Hopefully that otherwise healthy young fellow won’t be troubled by another.
I was able to buy a bottle of Cerenia yesterday. I am quite pleased about this. It was expensive, but I hesitated only a short time before purchasing it. I consider the advantages to having it far outweigh the cost. Firstly, it is cheaper ‘in bulk’: the amount each dose would cost, given the number available in the bottle, is about a third of what individual injections would cost at the veterinary hospital. Beyond that, there is the savings on the vet visit (depending on circumstances, anywhere from $50 to $100 just to see a doctor or veterinary technician) and the cost of a taxi there and back ($30 one-way).
But there is something much more important than the monetary savings that I’ve gained. I’ve acquired a little more peace of mind. Historically, my cats have become sick on weekends. This was troublesome enough when their veterinary hospital had an emergency service. It no longer offers that, which means that if one of the beasts becomes ill after hours, the options are to wait until the next working day, or to take him to the 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic to which I was forced to resort with Minuet. I will avoid that place in the future at almost any cost.
It’s true that Cerenia won’t solve all problems, but the most common ailment that strikes my household is when Renn has one of his off-days. They have been alleviated in the past with Cerenia. So if my oldest cat suffers his most prevalent complaint, I won’t have to watch him suffer for hours, then hope that the hospital can fit him in between others’ appointments, before taking time off from work to ride an expensive taxi for an expensive veterinary visit. And of course most importantly, Renn won’t feel the stress of another trip to the doctor.
This theorises an ideal situation. The Cerenia may not work, after all. But it’s the best solution to a possible problem, and it’s in my power to give it now. That gives me peace of mind. And, perhaps, if my big boy knew the situation, it would bring him some peace of mind, too.
I agree - peace of mind is well worth the cost. It seems our cats always get sick on holidays and weekends when our regular vet is not available. There is a very excellent emergency veterinary clinic that I can use if needed, but it is quite a distance away, (and I don't drive). Also it is extremely expensive, (mortgage the house before you go!) So like you, I like to have emergency medication on hand just in case. Meanwhile, it's so good to hear that Horace is feeling better.ReplyDelete
Peace of mind for both of you, and your wallet too.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear that Horace is back to his regular programming!
Glad to hear Horace is his old self. How are his eyes doing?ReplyDelete
And I think Renn probably does know. I've come to strongly suspect that cats read minds.
I would think not having a car is a big money saver. However, in emergency situations, driving yourself at that moment would be better for all the right reasons. But the appointment times are still out of your hands and with your elderly cats, no way to pre-guess an emergency.ReplyDelete
We know our cats better than any other person, even the veterinarian. Having a plan of action that suits both human and cat, is worth it's weight in gold.ReplyDelete
I do hope Horace's are feeling better or maybe it's to soon to tell.ReplyDelete
I agree about emergency visits! A person might as well hand over their wallet and not see it again!
Peace of mind is priceless in my mind.ReplyDelete
Yes, peace of mind is priceless indeed and seldom can we have it. If we can for our precous little ones...there's not enough money to equal that.ReplyDelete
I'm glad Horace has recovered, that's one less thing to be concerned about. Fingers crossed his good health continues!ReplyDelete
It's definitely well worth the cost to buy that bottle, a fraction of the real cost of taking any cat to a vet, let alone one at an emerg clinic. BTW, I thought my taxi costs were high! Well, I guess it would be close to $30 one way to go to the emerg clinic or even the one regular clinic that offers emergency service. Otherwise, it's under $20 one way to go to the new clinic, and slightly less to go to the regular/old one. I really hope you won't need to use any of the cerernia for quite some time to come.
Peace of mind with cats is priceless.ReplyDelete
Yes, you just can't put a price on peace of mind and lest trips to the emergency place!ReplyDelete
Oh yes you can't put a price on peace of mind for sure. Sorry to have been radio silent we had to evacuate because of Hurricane Ian, but we're all safe now and back home. Everyone is fine.ReplyDelete
I was wondering how you and the family were. I thught you might be out of the path of the storm, if not away from the effects. I'm glad you're safe.Delete
We're glad Horace is doing ebtter. Peace of mind is the best!ReplyDelete