So how do you say NO to a five-year-old boy with tears in his eyes who is holding the most pathetic specimen of the feline persuasion since the LAST most pathetic specimen of the feline persuasion he brought home? Right now, we have five cats in various stages of convalescence lounging around the joint. I don't know if he finds them or if they find him!
Victim #1--Male orange tabby kitten, severe lacerations to head and neck. Cost of treatment, antibiotics, shots and gender-reassignment to neutral--$376.78
Victim #2--Female orange tabby, middle-aged, violent tail amputation. Cost of surgery on the tail and shots (she was already fixed, thank goodness) $138.25
Victim #3--Male "tuxedo" kitten, barely weaned, found next to body of mother cat in the road. Cost of shots, gender-reassignment to neutral $118.78 Truly a Pixar moment.
Victim #4--Male gray striped kitten, about six months old, discovered with two dislocated hips and lacerations to the legs and feet. Cost of x-rays, treatment, antibiotics, gender reassignment to neutral--$247.47
Victim #5--Male black cat, maybe a year old, obvious snakebite to front right leg. Cost to amputate, antibiotics, inpatient treatment, shots and gender reassignment to neutral, $0.00 because the vet's office staff all chipped in because my son was absolutely distraught when I was quietly trying to tell him that this was going to be expensive and I didn't know if we could afford it and he cried (quietly) and asked the vet (pretty calmly actually)if there was any way he could "work it off". The vet pulled me aside and said "Don't worry about the bill on this one, okay?"
Every one of these cats adores my son. They all want to sleep in his room, as close to him as possible. I hope he doesn't find any more though--the cat-related chores (wound irrigation, pill-giving, litterbox antics) are really taking their toll around here!