I suppose the easy answer to that question would be “no”. In the big picture even I do not matter, why should a cat? However, I am never looking for the easy answer. The easy answer is usually a cop-out often used to escape one’s responsibilities. The easy answer has but one purpose…to make things easier on you.
I don’t want or accept easy. I want difficult, I want a challenge. I want to accomplish. I want to acheive. I am no ordinary being I realize, and of course, this post alone proves as much. So let’s step away from easy and look for that difficult answer.
The difficult answer is ‘It depends”. That one cat might mean the world to someone. It might be the very thing that is holding together one person’s sanity. It might be the only physical contact, with a another living being, that the human has most of everyday. It could easily be a major reason why said human is still alive. What happens to the human if the cat is suddenly gone? I personally find the answer to that last question too scary to even consider, however, sadly I must do so. If not publicly, at least in private. But let’s just set that last question aside for a moment and presume the answer would not be a pretty one.
We will just assume, for the moment, this cat does mean the world to someone. Let us say this for the practical purpose of movement in thought and move along to what someone should do to preserve the life of something so important. If this little cat was in jeopardy, should we take money to the nearest vet, in hopes that this new vet will actually care enough about the animal to try to heal it. Previous experience has shown me, not just people doctors care more about making money, than healing anyone or anything.
The vet I took my previous cat to simply did not prescribe enough antibiotics to heal him, and in the end, the cat had to be put to rest to end his misery. Treading down this path clearly seems like a fool’s mission. Expecting a person to care about an animal, when people seem to have a hard time caring about each other, could not be any more foolhardy of a venture. Yet, what other course of action is there?
Should someone sell their house, their car, their soul, to save one tiny animal that does not even understand all that you give up? Should they drop all their medical treatments they need to help the poor little beast? If they do not do these things, will they be made to suffer more, by the loss of the creature? Would it be more caring, if the human was to simply allow the cat to move on to the next life?
Filled with anger, remorse, agony, and disgust, I must try to answer all these questions in my mind, as my little cat of less than 2 yrs. of age sits around in agony from a UTI infection, which has stopped responding to any over-the-counter medicines. It is not bad enough that I still suffer in my 4th month of a staff infection that won’t go away. Now I must add this to my menu of pain. When will it end? What must I do? And lastly, the always persistent “why me?”
I hate that I must decide this. I don’t want to. This is the last thing I need. I’ve been told sometimes life just sucks. But my question is, why don’t they say that life always sucks? It is much closer to the truth.
Thank you for lending me your ear…I am sorry, it was not good things I had to fill it with.