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Old 16-03-2007, 00:59
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I don't completely understand the whole process of this.

I received the numbers last week to get a form from the PDSA to help pay for any fees incured.

I was led to believe they would pay everything up to 100, but now it seems they will only pay Any charges over 40, but under 100.

That's cool. Sounds fine. I can't argue with any help that is possible.

Anyways... another number for the RSPCA was given to me, as they will pay 20 towards the Consultation (to be seen by a Vet and not a Nurse, basically).

The one thing she did that was different was insert a thermometer in places the sun doesn't shine, on Simba... the cat.

He was taken in on Saturday, as he was Weeing blood.

He received 2 Injections, at 3.95 each. We payed for that, along with the tablets and drops we had to take home, but that came under 40 (it was about 20), so the form is unused.

He now has Diarreoah (sorry for the spelling) and is still weeing blood sometimes. He also wees wherever he feels like, now... which is VERY unusual, and rather disturbing, when its all over the furnishings and floor.

He is now back in the Vets tomorrow, and I thought that because its the same problem, will the PDSA now pay for the consultation with the Vet, or will it still only be treatment? We also need to pay 5.55 to give a wee sample to them. Can that be covered by the PDSA also?

Already asked the RSPCA for help again, but because its the same prob, they won't cover it...
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Old 16-03-2007, 06:38
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Why own a cat if you can't afford to look after it? That's my first question... You can get a decent pet insurance for less than 10 a month.

If you're on the correct benefits, the PDSA will pay for basic treatment on your behalf - all they ask is that you make a voluntary donation. These companies are charities who receive no government funding; they do not legally HAVE to provide any treatment for you whatsoever (except in emergency situations). I think what you've paid so far for treatment is about a third of the normal veterinary prices, so consider yourself lucky
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Old 16-03-2007, 10:02
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Also look at the OP's "services" - sorry but if you can afford all of them you can afford the vets fees. Pets come before fancy TVs and digital services!!!
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Old 16-03-2007, 10:11
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Have you considered getting pet insurance?

Really you need to discuss this with the PDSA or RSPCA because they are the best source of information. Really you have no choice I'm afraid, your cat needs you.

I hope s/he's okay
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Old 16-03-2007, 12:06
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Originally Posted by *R.C.
Why own a cat if you can't afford to look after it? That's my first question... You can get a decent pet insurance for less than 10 a month.
Don't be so judgemental! People's circumstances do change as I know only too well myself.

As for insurance well that's fine for future illness but not really relevant at the moment for a current illness.
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Old 16-03-2007, 12:11
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Judgemental? The OP is basically whinging about not getting freebies from a charity.
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Old 16-03-2007, 12:16
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Originally Posted by Kami
Judgemental? The OP is basically whinging about not getting freebies from a charity.
Ermm yes, judgemental!
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Old 16-03-2007, 12:25
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When I got my pets I had a good job in the City, nowadays and 2 kids later I'm scratching a living trying to work for myself with nowhere near the disposable income I once had. Also all pets are way over 10 years old so can't be insured. I live in fear of the day that they get ill because I won't be able to afford to pay for any treatment so they'll have to be put to sleep. As someone said don't condemn someone because their circumstances have changed, no one knows what's in the future.

Saying that, I wouldn't get help from the PDSA because my husband and myself both work so even though we have no money we don't claim benefits. Strange old world isn't it?
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Old 16-03-2007, 13:24
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Originally Posted by olsmum
When I got my pets I had a good job in the City, nowadays and 2 kids later I'm scratching a living trying to work for myself with nowhere near the disposable income I once had. Also all pets are way over 10 years old so can't be insured. I live in fear of the day that they get ill because I won't be able to afford to pay for any treatment so they'll have to be put to sleep. As someone said don't condemn someone because their circumstances have changed, no one knows what's in the future.

Saying that, I wouldn't get help from the PDSA because my husband and myself both work so even though we have no money we don't claim benefits. Strange old world isn't it?
I'm in the same situation here. I've went without myself to get the medicines my cat needed. He was PTS in November as he took a turn for the worse but when the time comes for yourself you will find the money. We do it cos we love them.
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Old 16-03-2007, 13:33
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most insurances have a 50 excess anyway
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Old 16-03-2007, 13:48
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Even if you did insure you cat now, it wont be covered for existing conditions.
I have 2 dogs, bot covered by pet plan, roughly the insurance is 40 a month, however, the youngest one had a booster last week that cost 25, we paid this, the older one, had a distended testical when we got him, we had to get him snipped but they had to do an ex lap which cost us 200. Its worth it to prevent him getting a tumor. He had a wee infection the same week as the youngest went for her booster, so that cost us 35 for the consultation and the jag and antibiotics.
We were aware of this BEFORE we got the dogs.
We would not expect anyone else to pay for our luxury of having a pet.
Thats exactly what it is a luxury.
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Old 16-03-2007, 15:17
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most insurances have a 50 excess anyway
not true - most will let you select your excess value, including an option with 0 excess (it just increases the monthly payment).
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Old 16-03-2007, 16:28
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Originally Posted by bambii
We would not expect anyone else to pay for our luxury of having a pet.
Thats exactly what it is a luxury.
My pets aren't a luxury. They are members of my family.

I hope you never find yourself in different circumstances, otherwise you'd have to cut back on those luxuries you can no longer afford.
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Old 16-03-2007, 17:45
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I do not wish to be judgemental, either.

Rather than censuring the OP for what they have or haven't got (and circumstances do change) Can we think about Simba?

Can you have a word with the PDSA, Grabbi?

I know the RSPCA won't be much help, as their criteria for pet aid is different, they assist where animals have been cruel to, or are in distress.

The PDSA is set up to help those on low incomes. I quote from their website.

"To be eligible, pet owners need to live within the defined catchment area of a PDSA PetAid hospital or PetAid practice and must be receiving financial help with their housing costs through either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. This means that one in five UK households is eligible for help by PDSA." and there is a "PDSA finder" on the site

http://www.pdsa.org.uk/page112.html

Failing that you could try the Blue Cross, who offer a similar service, if there is one local.

http://www.bluecross.org.uk/web/site...s/About_Us.asp

They offer veterinary services to those who cannot afford private treatment.

I wish you luck, and fingers crossed for Simba.

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Old 16-03-2007, 19:51
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Well, I actually tried to get a quote from RSPCA Insurance a day before Simba got ill.

I was declined Insurance.

Now, after the vet visit today, I have been informed that Simba will cost 15 a week on Tablets etc, plus a consultation EVERY week for the forseeable future.

Not being funny, but yeah, I have those services, but until the pet gets ill, you don't realise how much money you need and how expensive they are.

If push came to shove, I would lose the services to pay for him. and even sell the rented 300 V+ box to do so.

Neither he, nor Nala, his 'playmate' are 'Luxuries'...they are my family.

I have always got their food before mine, so they never have to suffer.

Water is always there, food, biscuits (something I am beginning to blame for this illness), warm home, litter tray and two kittie beds infront of the heater for them. Yet, someone above only sees my circumstances of TV services and so on?

The reason they are there are because I spend most of my time in the Virgin Media forums... so listing them helps.

Back to Simba, anyway:

He has a Cystitis and because he is so young, it could go away, but it could keep coming back, and it will cost a lot of money to continue to treat him, as it isn't a disease that will go away. She basically said that we should have him put down to save our money.

I only wanted to know what the PDSA pay for.

I'm not complaining, but what can you do if you don't have much money? Get help...

I didn't understand what help I could get, so I asked your advice.

Thanks to all who helped and wished him well, and to anyone who replied horribly, thanks for not helping...

I will always pay for Simbas treatment, but I hope there is a bright side, and maybe somone on here who can give details of Cystitis and other treatment that works and is available.
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Old 16-03-2007, 20:35
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grabbi - I have PMd you.
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Old 16-03-2007, 22:22
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Originally Posted by Soapoholic
Have you considered getting pet insurance?

Really you need to discuss this with the PDSA or RSPCA because they are the best source of information. Really you have no choice I'm afraid, your cat needs you.

I hope s/he's okay
I have 3 cats, none of them are insured as they don't insure older cats! I had to pay 180 this last week for treatment to one of them. I don't resent it as he gives me so much. My cats are part of the family and I would go without to pay the fees.
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Old 16-03-2007, 23:11
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Grabbi - I'm sorry if my original post offended you. I just have strong opinions on pet owners relying on charities etc. But that's just because I see this on a day to day basis...
Cystitis is very common in cats, this problem can be helped and controlled with the correct pH diet. Again, this isn't cheap, but is the best thing you could do for him to be comfortable. There are a few varieties, but the main ones I deal with are Hills' C/D and S/D, and RCW Urinary diets. They're modified to help maintain the pH of the cat's bladder.
Also, there are food supplements which can also help. For example, Cystaid, Cystease, Uroeze.. You may only be able to get these from a private vets, but I'm pretty sure they're not POM's, so you should be able to buy them over-the-counter.
I hope this information helps
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Old 17-03-2007, 02:34
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Sorry OP. It is about time that the PDSA sorted it's policy out. My sister has no pets but is allowed treatment for up to four in her name, as long as she can prove her single mum status.
Now my question would be well if you cannot afford to treat one pet why let them have four?

I am sorry that your cat is unwell. Sounds like an infection like 'Gasinentritis' to me. My dog had it, and passing of diarrhea looking like blood is a symptom. However you did the right thing and had her vet checked and he/she is still not well.

Mark my word. Even with Pet Insurance you have to fork out initially. I am still waiting for 150 back from my dog over a month ago. So even when you know you are covered you have to be prepared to foot the bill beforehand.

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Old 17-03-2007, 02:48
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Originally Posted by grabbi
Well, I actually tried to get a quote from RSPCA Insurance a day before Simba got ill.

I was declined Insurance.

Now, after the vet visit today, I have been informed that Simba will cost 15 a week on Tablets etc, plus a consultation EVERY week for the foreseeable future.

Not being funny, but yeah, I have those services, but until the pet gets ill, you don't realise how much money you need and how expensive they are.

If push came to shove, I would lose the services to pay for him. and even sell the rented 300 V+ box to do so.

Neither he, nor Nala, his 'playmate' are 'Luxuries'...they are my family.

I have always got their food before mine, so they never have to suffer.

Water is always there, food, biscuits (something I am beginning to blame for this illness), warm home, litter tray and two Kittie beds in front of the heater for them. Yet, someone above only sees my circumstances of TV services and so on?

The reason they are there are because I spend most of my time in the Virgin Media forums... so listing them helps.

Back to Simba, anyway:

He has a Cystitis and because he is so young, it could go away, but it could keep coming back, and it will cost a lot of money to continue to treat him, as it isn't a disease that will go away. She basically said that we should have him put down to save our money.

I only wanted to know what the PDSA pay for.

I'm not complaining, but what can you do if you don't have much money? Get help...

I didn't understand what help I could get, so I asked your advice.

Thanks to all who helped and wished him well, and to anyone who replied horribly, thanks for not helping...

I will always pay for Simba's treatment, but I hope there is a bright side, and maybe someone on here who can give details of Cystitis and other treatment that works and is available.
Ask your vet for the prescription. Order over the internet from 'K9 clinic'. Be much cheaper in the long run and save you forking out on consultation fees.
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Old 17-03-2007, 14:29
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Originally Posted by PIDGAS
My pets aren't a luxury. They are members of my family.

I hope you never find yourself in different circumstances, otherwise you'd have to cut back on those luxuries you can no longer afford.
My pets are members of my family aswell, but if I thought for one second that takin them on and them getting ill would mean i may have to put them to sleep because I am not on benefits then no I wouldn't put them or me through that.
I can afford to have them, I would not expect anyone else to take it on, and I would give everything I had for them. But it is a choice, you don't have to get a pet, and if you are going to get a pet you should be aware of the potential cost of them.
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Old 17-03-2007, 22:35
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If you can no longer look after a pet due to cost go to an animal sanctuary or animal rescue rather than have the animal put to sleep. They will normally take in the pet and find it a new home. I have two cats that are almost 11 years old brother and sister and when they were about 6 months old and no longer playful little kittens their owner was going to have them put down so I saved them. They are such lovely cats, how could someone have thought about doing that?
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Old 18-03-2007, 09:40
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Originally Posted by kimberleycat
If you can no longer look after a pet due to cost go to an animal sanctuary or animal rescue rather than have the animal put to sleep. They will normally take in the pet and find it a new home. I have two cats that are almost 11 years old brother and sister and when they were about 6 months old and no longer playful little kittens their owner was going to have them put down so I saved them. They are such lovely cats, how could someone have thought about doing that?
It never ceases to amaze me how horrible some people can be to animals. Thankfully, those 2 cats found you, so they are among the lucky ones. Of my 7 cats, 5 are rescue cats. It's so sad to think that people didn't want them, they are all lovely little characters, and I'd die for them if I had to.

I must add here that OP has only the best of intentions for Simba, and no way would he see him suffer or neglect either of his cats. He only wants to help Simba to get better, and has taken all the right steps to do so.
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