I need to educate myself. One of my cats, a 9 - 10 year old male, has had many health issues his whole life. (He has an enlarged heart and uncountable bouts of cystitis -- and is on lots of medication for the heart and bladder issues).
So yesterday his bladder was completely blocked and I took him to the vet. He was unblocked and is staying at the vets. The estimate to do this was between $650 - $850 (unblocking, two nights at vets with supportive care, and flushing the bladder to try and get crystals out). Does that sound right?
My vet told me if he reblocks they'd do the procedure again; and if he reblocked a third time then they'd do the surgery to open up the penis/urethra so he couldn't block.
So, three times of unblocking = $2100 potentially, and then I don't know how much surgery is (guessing another $2,000)
I'm stuck because on the one hand that is way more money than I can comfortably afford to pay on one pet, the cat is in shaky health anyway (heart -- the vet said there was a chance he would not survive the sedation etc, though he has so far), he's on the older side and finally this cat pees all over my house (we've tried many things) and as a result is confined to three rooms. On the other hand, I've never euthanized an animal for convenience or financial reasons (though I would support someone else doing so in these circumstances!).
Any advice on what I should do? Are these typical costs? Where (if anywhere) would you draw the line?