Newbie looking for some support
Hi there. First, an introduction...my name is Stacey and I am mom to two cats, Pookie, age 12 and Muffin, age 1. I also have two dogs, two human kids and one husband.
I just aquired Muffin yesterday, as a rehome from a co-worker. She had mentioned to me last week that she was going to take her cat to the humane society on Monday (today) if she couldn't find a home for her, b/c she could no longer keep her in the apartment. I said I might take her, if my husband didn't mind and if she was ok with the kids and had a generally good personality. The plan was for my co-worker to bring the cat over today and if we liked her we would keep her.
Well, she called me yesterday morning very upset, saying that her roomates were mistreating the cat, and could she bring her over that night. I said yes, and she came over with the cat. Now up until this point I assumed this was a cat she had from a kitten that had been vetted and whatnot, but when they got to my house, she told me that she had found her as a stray two or three weeks ago. Still it was a very pretty cat and seemingly sweet, so we agreed to keep her overnight and see how she worked out. I kept her seperate from my other animals, and she did fine. I told my co-worker this morning that we would keep her, and I got her in to the vet this morning also.
The good news from the vet is that she is negative for FIV and feline leukemia. The bad news is, she has ringworm and lung worm, both treatable though......the really bad news is that this little girl is pregnant. Not very far along, so I have decided to go ahead and spay her - there is just no way we can handle kittens, and she is only 10 months old. After all this is said and done, I will be pretty much flat broke. I had no idea that her vet bill for today would be so much, and I planned on spaying her anyway, but had not counted on the extra cost of her being pregnant, and I had not planned on doing it until next month. I never would have dreamed that one little stray cat would cost me as much as five rescue cats, already spayed and vetted.
My husband is being a trooper about all this, even though he says he wouldn't have agreed had he known she was a stray and not someones family cat. My kids are in love with Muffin, and she is ours now, I just have to keep reminding myself that I am helping this girl and giving her a nice life, and she will be giving us years of friendship, because when I start thinking about how I am going to pay for this, it makes me physically ill.