So we've had our cat about three months and it's working out pretty well. She's well behaved, and while not the cuddliest cat in the world, she likes to cuddle up next to us, at least. I probably like her about as much as I could possibly like a cat we've had for three months. She's increased her weight by 50% while living with us, so she seems to be living it up as well.
Anyway, last week my husband brought her to the vet that the shelter recommended. Not because she was sick, but just to establish care and figure out any preventative things we should do. In general, she was fine, but the vet said that her back four teeth didn't look good and ought to be pulled. My husband said sure, then as he was going out the door, they handed him the cost estimate of $1000 for the cat tooth extraction (including X-rays and anesthesia).
Needless to say, I was livid.
First of all, the cat had been to that same vet practice multiple times before we got her, and there was no mention of any tooth issues. Much less any urgent necessary extraction costing $1000. I feel like someone is taking us for fools.
I feel like I sound like some evil person refusing to pay for the cat to have dental work. If she got in some awful accident or developed... I don't know... cat appendicitis, and it cost us that much... fine. But the cat appears totally fine and she's eating up a storm. She had just been to that same vet practice three months earlier and had been fine. I haven't even had $1000 worth of dental work myself, for crissake. And the whole thing will probably make the cat, who barely trusts us already, totally miserable and hate us. God knows how safe cat anesthesia is too.
We're going to another vet to get another opinion, but I'm strongly inclined not to do this to a cat we just got who had a clean vet bill three months ago. Unless there is a very, very convincing argument otherwise. Like that she's in horrible, mind-numbing pain and I'm worse than Trump for not helping her.