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(Yahoo)   Cats now cleared to get organ transplants   ( divider line
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2188 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Mar 2003 at 5:14 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-01 05:02:00 AM  
I think this is a good idea. I used to watch Animal Planet and wonder why anyone would spend $5000 for a snake to have surgery to remove a tumor. Now that I have a pet that I really care about I think I would do whatever was possible to save it if something happened...
2003-03-01 05:17:11 AM  
Great, someone will make a "clerical error" and more kittens will die. can't we just kill kittens the old fashioned way?
2003-03-01 05:27:16 AM  
first, they must get a Cat-scan
2003-03-01 05:27:51 AM  
and checked for Cat-aracts
2003-03-01 05:27:54 AM  
That is so true in so many ways. I never understood that until my cat was sick and I spent thousands of dollars trying to save him just to have him die on me.
I would have given him my kidney if I could have.
I'm mixed on the using of strays for spare parts, but if the option had been available to me then, I don't think I would have asked any questions.
2003-03-01 05:41:42 AM  
Why not just do a cat transplant?

2003-03-01 05:45:45 AM  
how exactly does a cat decide if it wants to be an organ donor? does it sign the back of its little kitty lisence with a little kitty pen? cat's don't have thumbs, either...

i should get some sleep soon... =^o.o^=
2003-03-01 05:51:31 AM  
Now that's just plain silly. Everyone knows that only dogs get licenses. That's why they need the plates.
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2003-03-01 06:12:44 AM  
Why spend $10000 on an organ transplant when a bullet is still only a buck?

2003-03-01 06:13:59 AM  
cats arent satisfied with the 9 lives they got?
2003-03-01 06:18:13 AM  
Lovesandwich: HA!
2003-03-01 06:33:11 AM  
Ku_No_Ichi: I beg to differ.

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2003-03-01 07:23:18 AM  
Holy Cat Turds Batman!
I've beek pussy-whipped by Toonces!
2003-03-01 07:29:05 AM  
2003-03-01 08:08:23 AM  
Mark your time, cats.
2003-03-01 08:08:50 AM  
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2003-03-01 08:18:37 AM  
What you say!!

2003-03-01 08:36:04 AM  
bubbles the chimp often got an organ donated into him
2003-03-01 08:39:20 AM  
In the States, you're obliged to adopt the "donor" cat as part of the transplant procedure.

2003-03-01 08:47:51 AM  
You can get another cat for a lot less than $10,000. Why not give the money to a worthy cause instead? Say.. an animal shelter?
2003-03-01 09:16:56 AM  
Best transplant ever (non-living donor) is a big bite of Filet Mignon (from the Hofbrau in Houston) going down my gullet.

Nuff said. See you farkers in a week.
2003-03-01 09:25:20 AM  
Gee, cats have been taking organs from other animals for ages. Of course, most of the time the donors were pretty unwilling...
/Have two cats; one is a rescue from when someone dropped a kitten on the highway...some people are jerks.
2003-03-01 09:58:25 AM  
My vet keeps a big 'ol Siamese tom as a "kitty blood donor" in his office. He's a pet/office cat as well as a donor, so that's ok with me. But I'm not sure of the ethics of using another kitty for "spare parts." And if I'm obligated to adopt the spare part kitty, what is to stop me from dropping it off a bridge on the way home? (All this from someone who spent a bunch of money to fix the two broken legs of the stray who climbed up in my car engine. She's in my lap as I type this. Cat lovers, we're such pushovers for a furry face)
2003-03-01 10:08:38 AM  

Big time.

2003-03-01 10:25:10 AM  
No way in hell could I spend $10,000 dollars on a cat. I like my cat and all, he's pretty cool, but come on, it's easy to sit there and *I'd do ANYTHING for my cat* but when your looking at 10 large for a cat I'd bet money that you would be thinking differently. Feh, look in the paper, they are giving them away.

Most animals don't live that long, that's WHY they have litters.
2003-03-01 10:44:45 AM  
I think it's a cool idea! Do they do it with dogs too? (I only skimmed the article, have to go to work!)

BTW, has anyone else never heard the term "moggie?"
2003-03-01 10:45:01 AM  
We spent a few hundred on a leg amputation for one of my cats...he lived another 10 years after that. It was worth it... but $10 THOUSAND may be a bit too expensive.
2003-03-01 10:51:44 AM  
Did we cure that hunger and AIDS thing in Africa while I wasn't looking? That homeless thing isn't a problem anymore? Great! Now we can get on to more important problems in the world...

... like organ transplants for cats. yeesh.
2003-03-01 11:06:10 AM  
As much as love my little darlings, I would not get a transplant for the simple reason that I don't believe it would add anything to my cats life. 2 years of being on medication and most likely in pain is not a nice thing to do to a loved one. I try to judge by what I would do for a human who had a living will. For example, I give Rebel heart and thyroid medication because she can't live without it, and aside from actually getting the pill into her, she does well and is not sick or in pain. I would not put her through chemotherapy or a transplant because I don't think there would be any ROI in it. (That sounded harsh -- I don't mean money-wise, I mean, put her through all that pain just to have her die anyway -- I'd rather have her go peacefully or euthanize her if there was no hope and she was in pain.)
2003-03-01 11:26:59 AM  
When my pet got cancer I was forced to decide on dropping a couple hundred into the problem- or letting nature do its thing.

I chose nature.
2003-03-01 11:30:04 AM  
wheres all the jokes about pussys getting new organs in them???

I love cats, I have 3, and like many of you, I would do anything to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. I totally agree with DeeDerange. " I'd rather have her go peacefully or euthanize her if there was no hope and she was in pain"
2003-03-01 11:30:52 AM  
When I was a kid, we collected discarded bottles and aluminum cans for spare change. I really envy todays kids. What's the exchange rate from cats to arcade tokens?
2003-03-01 11:30:58 AM  
Moggie = "mutt catt" in British terms

Since I'll be a vet in 2 years (God willing :P), I can at least get my poor kitties treatment at cost :P. Hey, what can I say- we need a few perks in this profession. Average debt after you get your doctorate is $60,000... and last year's graduating class gets an average salary of $45,000 *sighs*.
2003-03-01 11:44:21 AM  
Why should it cost anything but labor, since spare parts are free and plentiful?
2003-03-01 11:47:20 AM  
I think that this is a dumbass idea because the only pussies that need to be operated on are the ones between a womans legs. And as a doctor myself I have just the right TOOL to make the operation a success!!! So ladies: IF AT FIRST YOU DON`T SUCK-SEED SUCK TILL YOU DO!!! NOW YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS!!!!
2003-03-01 11:56:42 AM  
If my little pussy were gone, and I couldn't pet it anymore... ...why that would be a CAT-ASTROPHE!!!

Disclaimer: I have not had any alcohol, or mind altering drugs for less than 4 hours. So I am not responsible for any of my own thoughts, or actions.

Thank you
2003-03-01 12:15:08 PM  
brain transplants?
2003-03-01 12:15:23 PM  
Well, atleast this will help to solve the homeless pet problem. Stray cats should start disappearing at record rates to become "donors"
2003-03-01 01:01:11 PM  
Cats: All your organ are belong to us!
2003-03-01 01:05:57 PM  
Great, now we have to work twice as hard to kill them!

In other news: Doctors are at a loss to explain sudden increase in genital friction burns. Pediatric hospitals overflowing with men of all ages clutching their groins in agony.

"War is hell."
2003-03-01 01:20:12 PM  
I would be willing to do anything to help my cats, but this is a little too much. Not just in terms of cost, but what kind of life do the cats have after the surgery? Two years, meds all the time, and likely huge amounts of pain? That's just not fair to the cat. And the idea of using strays as unwilling donors is just cruel. I know there's a major overpopulation problem, but the thought of euthanizing healthy animals just bothers me.
2003-03-01 01:21:29 PM  
I loved the part where the animal "rights" crowd were concerned about "informed consent". Yeah, like the pets are "consenting" when they have ground-up horse meat, while the owner chows on sirloin.
2003-03-01 01:58:15 PM  
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The article includes a photo, for those who have never seen a cat before.
2003-03-01 03:24:38 PM  
My cat is insured so I wouldn't have to pay up much, if anything, if she became ill. Yay.
2003-03-01 03:25:41 PM  
When oh when will they get breast implants?? HUH???
2003-03-01 04:28:52 PM  
re: Cola

Can you please elaborate? When I looked into pet insurance a few years ago, the only thing it covered was stuff like vaccinations and routine checkups. Absolutely none of the expen$ive stuff (like ultrasounds and x-rays) were covered. Feel free to send me mail if you want to take this off line.
2003-03-01 04:54:42 PM  

A quick google search turns up Veterinary Pet Insurance, which covers pretty much everything, it seems, with a $50 deductible. Seems to run about $200-$300 or so for my two-year-old cat, and it doesn't seem to get more expensive as the pet ages, but it's unclear...

That includes routine examinations and such, so isn't an incredibly bad deal. I might look into it not too far into the future.
2003-03-01 05:02:08 PM  

Thanks for the tip, I just checked it out, apparently my girls are too old to be covered, but I will keep that in mind the next time for future reference.
2003-03-01 05:05:38 PM  

(According to my mother) After my aunt had her dog fixed, she was seriously thinking about having silicone or something like that injected into the area the mutt-nuts used to be so he wouldn't get depressed about not being 'plump' there.
It's not only cat-lovers that are nuts.
2003-03-01 05:14:22 PM  

How old are yours?

I think it would be worth a few hundred dollars a year to me to have my kitty covered for anything major, since it'll also cover routine stuff. Otherwise, if something went wrong that would cost $1000 or so, well, I'd probably have to go without.
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