Taking care of seriously ill pets is a tough and emotionally demanding job, requiring a lot of compassion and selflessness. But when you’re responsible for sick animals that aren’t even yours, it can become even more overwhelming. This is the situation faced by OP, who has been sharing a living space with her roommate, for more than a year. Recently, their living area became home to a half-paralyzed stray cat, rescued by the roommate after a car accident.
The cat’s condition is pretty bad, its back legs don’t work, and it’s malnourished despite looking okay otherwise. The vets all say the cat should be put down because fixing its mobility with surgery would be too expensive. Sadly, the roommate can’t afford the surgery and is determined to keep the cat alive against the vet’s advice. She’s been taking care of the cat’s needs, feeding it, and helping it go to the litter box. One day, she asked OP to help care for the cat while she was away for the weekend. OP felt unsure and reluctant but agreed not to let her roommate down. However, she already has her hands full with a seven-month-old puppy dealing with a hurt paw and a skin infection. Given all her existing responsibilities, OP isn’t sure if she can properly care for the half-paralyzed cat too.
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OP’s roommate saved a cat whose back legs were paralyzed after it was struck by a car.
The roommate has been taking care of the cat in her room instead of putting it to death.
She requested OP to watch the cat one evening while she was at work.
OP thinks the reality is different.
Although OP already has her own ill pet to care for, her roommate is now asking her to watch the cat for a few days.
OP’s roommate should seek help from a rescue or shelter if she thinks the cat deserves to live.
OP ought to advise her roommate to postpone her travel plans or find another way to take care of the cat.
Roommate issues are the cause of the cat’s low quality of life.
In simpler words, OP’s roommate’s determination to save the cat is praiseworthy, but the vets’ advice to euthanize the cat shouldn’t be disregarded. Sometimes, the kindest choice is to stop the suffering of a seriously hurt animal. The most important thing is the cat’s well-being, even if money and emotional attachment make it difficult. OP needs to put her responsibilities and her puppy’s health first and understand the challenges of caring for a sick pet that isn’t hers.
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