Cystotomy for stones - price and urgency?
My 3 year old female cat has been diagnosed with two kidney stones in her bladder. They are dime to penny sized and one of them is spiculed. I have spent $500 USD on the diagnosis and the recommended cystotomy (including anesthesia, fluids, 1 day hospitalization) will cost and additional $765. The vet said we could try diet to dissolve the stones but she has never had success with that method. I asked if it would be okay to wait a month or so that I will have time to work more hours to make money to pay for the surgery. She said that is okay, but the cat would need to stay on antibiotics until the surgery.
Daisy is acting fine and eating as normal except that she will not eat the Royal Canin SO canned food. I don't know if the dry version is any good, but the vet is ordering it so that Daisy can try it.
My questions are as follows:
1) Is the price for the surgery about normal, high, or low?
2) Is it risky to delay this surgery?