What moral responsibility do we owe to our pets for their care? In March I brought both of them to their annual checkup. The vet detected a heart murmur in one of my cats and told me I should bring the cat to my cardiologist for an EKG and chest X-ray. A possible end-result would be a prescription for daily heart medication. The diagnostic tests would cost about $ 400. These tests might produce results that require additional testing. I'm split. Part of me says I have to do my tests. The other side says that the tests require a troublesome use of resources.
The latter part of the part has been proven to be more compelling but it is not easy. Am I committing my cat to a shorter lifespan because of my frugality? Or am I being prudent? My cat, who is 7 years old, was a rescue from the local SPCA. So essentially I saved a life; it's just that I'm ready to let things be. The cat is otherwise healthy, laid-back and friendly. Should I spend money on my cat, who lifespan as a living creature is fixed anyway? There are so many cats who need to be rescued. It sounds cruel but maybe it's better to leave things up to fate. Why try to squeeze a few extra years out if there are so many cats waiting and dying in the shelters?
I did not find the right solution from the internet.