Animal shelters must screen their cats for health and temperament, whereas pet adoption ads posted on the Web or in newspapers by individuals are usually unregulated. Adopting a new cat from a shelter is therefore often the best, safest option.read more
The holidays aren’t so merry when you are faced with an unexpected medical bill for your cat. If you find yourself facing an estimate that’s bigger than your budget, here’s what you can do:
Consider pet insurance. Having a pet insurance plan in place before disaster strikes can be a life saver -- literally. Take the time to research carefully, as the coverage options and reimbursement policies can vary dramatically from company to company. Pet Insurance Review is a good place to start.
Look for pet assistance organizations. Pet financial aid is available to help those in need. The Humane Society maintains a list of organizations across the country that can help with veterinary bills.
Ask your vet to outline all the options. Your vet can help you to prioritize and explain why tests and procedures are necessary.
Never be afraid to ask. Always seek a second opinion!
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a small-animal veterinarian from San Diego. When she's not at work or with her family of two and her four-legged creatures, you can find her blogging about life with pets at PawCurious.com. Dr. Vogelsang's blogs have previously appeared on The Daily Cat.
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