Re: My Kittens Serious Issue
I'm sorry you lost your kitten, I know it must be very hard for you, but you did make the right decision for the kitten at the time. You were able to ease his suffering when he needed to be released from it.
The only thing you could have done differently (not more, because you did all you could, and you did it with the kitten's best interest at heart) would have been to have brought him to the vet sooner. As you've seen, kittens can go downhill very, very quickly. Think of how lucky this kitten was to have you in his life when he needed someone to be able to ease his suffering. Also, don't worry so much about finances or let it make you feel guilty. Mom of 4 had a great suggestion, but I also have learned I need to put a 'cap' on my emergency vet spending. If the animal has a great prognosis I don't mind spending the money, but if the prognosis is iffy, well, then I have to make a Big Decision about what to do.
I can do my animals no good if I spend everything I have in a losing situation.
I also wish to defend the vets/offices you mentioned. First, and foremost, they are a business. I'm sure the vets got into the field because they love animals, but they still need to pay their student loans, keep their business solvent (mortgage, utilities, supplies and payroll) and support their personal household. They cannot afford to be a lending-company for every client who isn't prepared to pay for veterinary care, especially a new or unestablished client they know nothing about. As for PetsMart's Banfield offices not being a 24/7 clinic...they are located in a huge store. There is no way vet-staff could insure the store remained safe from light fingers if the vet office remained open and the store closed. It is a liability.
I learned, the hard way, to familiarize yourself with the veterinary offices (numbers, staff and location) immediately when moving to a new town. If the vet offices use an emergency clinic after hours, know where that is, too.
Once again, I'm sorry you lost your kitten...but I am also glad that he had someone with him who would think only of him and not be selfish about their own wants over what the kitten needed, even though in this case it called for euthanasia. It is very sad, but I think sometimes it can be the greatest gift we can give our pets.