Is this pet abuse or not?
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Say there’s a 16-year-old cat, Samantha, that, for about a month, refuses to eat and has persistent bowl-control issues. Her leavings are diuretic and reddish. However, she still often wanders around the house, up and downstairs, and jumps on and off the couch–so, seemingly she’s still lively.
(Also, for some reason, Sam only does her business in specific areas… on hard-floor areas, tile, linoleum, cement–never carpet or the litter-box. Surprisingly she frequently goes on the tile around the litter-box downstairs (unless I put down large flat disposable diapers in the area…she’ll avoid those too) or the floor in the upstairs bathroom.)
Extra info: just before she was having digestive issues, Sam was biting at the fur on her side for a few months (the skin was eventually bare in that area) and the owner fed her baby aspirin twice a day (at the direction of someone from Petco) in an attempt to alleviate it. I doubt it helped, but she stopped feeding Sam the aspirin just after the recent development started.
I asked the owner why she didn’t take the cat to be seen by a Vet for the recent digestive issues. She replied, “That’s what happens when animals die, she doesn’t have long now. She probably has cancer.”
Two of her previous pets, one a cat, the other, a maltese dog, where both diagnosed with cancer. She just let those pets pass on too, but at least they had minimal treatment.
The thing is, I love Sam, and to me it would be horrible if she just died out of neglect and misconceptions. I mean, I realize nothing lives forever and trying to fight old age is often costly and futile…but she doesn’t have that sluggish, apathetic behavior that I’ve seen with a lot of other elderly pets. But then I’m out of the house most of the day so I don’t see her that often.
So here’s my question:
I’m wondering if this cat is truly dying of old age and I should just try and accept it…or is this something that’s common and treatable and worth maybe reporting the owner for animal abuse?
After a relentless argument, she still seems to think that comparing this situation to those of others is better than getting a professional opinion, and that any treatment of an older cat is a complete waste of time and money.
However, I at least managed to convince her to take Sam to the vet’s office tomorrow morning. So I’m crossing my fingers that the doctor gives her a thorough examination. (I suspect the owner may not necessarily be completely forthcoming when mentioning the symptoms, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.)
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