Concern

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So sorry that I broke the schedule of posting once a week! As life is returning to normal and the coronavirus situation is dying down, it is harder to find the time, so I now optimistically hope to post once a week, but realistically will be posting once a month.

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The day after was probably the most traumatic out of all of the days associated with Nando’s injury as all we could do was think about our concerns. We now knew for certain that her leg was broken. But we weren’t sure how much pain she was in. We knew the pain relief would run out completely after 24 hours.

As I wondered about all of this, I realised I hadn’t asked enough questions the previous night. Unfortunately, this led to Google. When you are a concerned cat owner, this is probably the worst place to be. Countless web pages informed me that broken cat legs demanded constant pain relief and a splint. A splint hadn’t been provided and pain relief would run out around 11 pm that night. The more I read, the more my concern grew – had Nando received sufficient care? Should more have been done? Asking friends and family only served to deepen my worries.

On top of this, I also began to research treatment options for broken legs. The prices were astronomical. If there is one thing that I want people reading this blog to take away: please get pet insurance.

It’s so easy to wander into the world of “this will never happen to me.” My first cat was insured for about a year, before we cancelled the insurance. He is an indoor cat, and that naive mentality was at play so it seemed like a waste of money. After what happened to Nando, all of my cats are insured.

The truth is, you never know what will happen. My cats spend the majority of their time indoors. They never stray too far from the house, always a call away. In the end, it doesn’t matter. These things happen randomly and when they do you need to be prepared. My only option was to work out a payment plan come Monday. 

For now, my biggest concern was: has Nando received the care she needed? I decided it was in her best interests to call the vet and seek advice. 

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Nando, Concerns, Broken leg, Pain

This picture of Nando was taken on the Sunday that I am talking about on the post. Breaks my heart seeing her like that and thinking back to the day.

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4 Replies to “Concern”

  1. Awwww that photo of her, I just want to reach out and cuddle with her. I’m so sorry that you all dealt with such a stressful time.

    I’m with you on the pet insurance thing. Our Jerry was not insured and when he got cancer we vowed to always have insurance. These days we have so many options for pet care but they are no good if you don’t have the resources to pay for it. Pet insurance spares us awful choices about care. Your cats are all so fortunate to have such a smart hooman.

    Don’t feel bad about not being able to blog once a week. Whenever you can do it is great! We enjoy your storytelling.

    1. Thank you for mentioning this! Not having pet insurance was something we felt guilty about at the time, so it’s comforting to know that it’s a mistake that can happen even to the best of us.

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