What is the price of a cat? More precisely, could you put a maximum price on the quality of a cat’s life? At what amount would it be spending too much, and is there such a thing when we’re talking about a sentient being, a companion animal? How does one decide? Pinkie Pie is a cat who provoked these difficult questions recently.
My father once served jury duty on a case where a woman lost her hand in an accident caused by her landlord’s negligence. Afterward, my dad told us about it. The woman was awarded $10,000 from the case. Dad said he had successfully argued with his jury members in favor of the woman. His argument? “She’s a woman. Her hand is important to her.”
Pretty simple, no? I had wanted to debate that with him, it seemed such a lame reason. Yet…? I couldn’t think of any way that what he said wasn’t true or a logical reason for a settlement in her favor. Or for what some deemed to be an excessive monetary award. What more reason would you need than that is was important to her? Her life was undoubtedly impacted in untold negative ways from this. Was she alive? Yes. And her health otherwise was unchanged as well. But…
And that’s very much the thinking that went into the decision Almost Home Foundation came to regarding Pinkie Pie. She was a pregnant, young cat that had been rescued off the streets, sitting in Chicago Animal Care and Control without a future. AHF took her in.
Her right front paw was damaged – presumably from either a car accident or animal attack. Her knuckles scraped along the ground as she tried to walk on a paw that could bear no weight. Local vets felt it would be best to amputate her leg, so that she would no longer drag it and cause further injury to herself.
An orthopedic vet in North Dakota, however, believed he could save her leg and enable her to be a healthy, four-legged cat.
|Yep, all okay for surgery!|
The procedure alone would cost $2500. Was it worth it to spend such a large amount for a medical procedure that was for something non-life-threatening? Would it really matter if this cat walked on all four, or hobbled about as many tripods have done? A decision was made to go for it. Pinkie Pie was a precious young girl, had been an incredible mother, and surely deserved the brightest future possible.
Her foster mom took Pinkie Pie for that very special trip. The surgery was a great success. The vet fused the paw and leg bone together, so that her paw was once again a controlled segment of her leg. No more dragging. No risking injury. A happy walk.
For a little girl who’s already been through so much in her short life – Pinkie Pie is the sweetest,
|Pinkie Pie is now truly ready for her forever home!|