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Slush Fund Strikes Again!

May 25th, 2007 at 06:17 am

So, apparently 2 of my 3 cats were involved in some kind of massive turf war street fight the weekend of Mother's Day.

The boy, Samson, was gimpy on his paw so I took him to the vet Monday of last week. Sure enough, puncture wounds. A few days of forcing antibiotics down his throat and taking my life in my hands by spraying his paw with wound-wash, and all was well.

See, here he is, all regal and fit as a fiddle.



This past weekend we started to notice that Summer was getting a little swollen on her back, right by her tail joint. It looked like she'd been stung by a wasp the way it swelled a bit. But, she didn't act like it was hurting her and was moving and eating as normal, so we didn't think much of it.

Wednesday night while I was in the shower, DH yells "Tina, Summer's butt exploded!". Uh-oh...

Apparently where she was swollen was starting to abcess, and wasn't a wasp sting at all. Abcess ruptured, and there was goo oozing everywhere. At 11:30 at night, when there are no real options to get it looked at.

So, call yesterday morning and set up an appointment with the best vet clinic ever (which happens to be the one 1 mile from my house). DH takes her in, and she comes out looking like this:



Poor kitty! They sedated her to shave her rear, cleaned the abcess, stitched it up, inserted two drains, gave us more antibiotics, and added the collar as a stylish finishing touch.

Our total for the visit was $115. I LOVE MY VET!

She'll have to go back on Tuesday to have the drains removed, which will probably cost another $25 for the visit. I'm happy to pay it, though, because I want to do whatever I can to make sure this vet stays in business. They offer mobile pet vacinations and very low cost spays and neuters for our area, and I think they do a great service.

At any rate, two cats to the vet within a week and a half. Once again, the slush fund comes to the rescue. Woohoo!!

More important, I think, is the fact that DH saw first hand that having extra cash available (well, in savings, whatever) made it much easier for us to weather these two small emergencies. There was a time when an extra $250 expense in a month would have put us over a barrel, and it really wasn't that long ago. I'm hoping that by seeing this situation, he'll understand the concept of an 'emergency fund' just a little bit better.

6 Responses to “Slush Fund Strikes Again!”

  1. JanH Says:

    Poor Kitties! Glad they are okay!

  2. lieweheksie Says:

    my dignity, where is my dignity?
    hope they both getting better- good vets are worth their weight in gold

  3. Aleta Says:

    Poor kitty kats. My son and wife have a cat named Dominick that looks like your Samson. He's a beauty. You're right. They are worth it.

    Just finished reading the new edition of Dave Ramsey's TMMover. One of the main points is that when you have a savings account( or slush fund as you call it), the emergencies don't keep you awake at night wondering how you're going to pay for them. He calls it the rainy day fun and says it is going to rain so bring your umbrella. Finished the book in a couple of days. I think it's great for people wanting to get out of debt and he has a process of getting to where you want to be.

    Anyhow, I'm glad that your cats are OK.

  4. scfr Says:

    So glad kitties are doing better.
    You are lucky to have a good vet who is so reasonably priced! Wow - very cheap for what you had done.

    And yes, this is the perfect example for your DH of why the EF or medium-term savings are important (sorry it came at your cats' expense but that is how it often is).

  5. fairy74 Says:

    Wow your kitties have been through the ringer...hope they are all back in fine form soon! Smile

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, your poor borg kitty. I laughed so hard! Did you sumbit that to the cheeseburger site?

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