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  1. If you can believe what you read about China, its improvement in the standard of living for many people is giving rise to a concern for animals that didn’t exist before the rise of the middle and moneyed classes. China’s young generation is forming animal rights protest groups where there were none before – though it’s true new concepts do not take hold overnight. The same may occur in Pakistan.

    Para-professional training in this country is a hot career path. In spite of the new ‘Obama Care’ health plan, medical costs are on the rise every year. According to a radio newscast this morning, a family of four is shelling out more than $16,000 annually for medical coverage – and even that won’t protect them from still more thousands in ‘out-of-pocket costs.

    While there seemingly are no ‘para-vets’ in the U.S. (are the veterinarians digging in their heels?), there are ‘vet assistants,’ though what you are charged for their services is the same, or nearly so, for what you would pay a DVM. Moreover, what they’re permitted to do is rigidly circumscribed. They can trim claws, perform hydrations and even – though usually not – euthanasia. They also assist, in some capacity, during surgery. Other than that, all they do is jot down the ‘intake notes,’ weigh the animal and take its temperature.

    In contrast to this scope of activities, low-cost ‘family clinics’ are staffed with three physicians for every six para-physicians who, according to the news media, have eared a reputation for being as competent as the M.D.s in diagnosing and treating multiple afflictions. While these technicians lack surgical training, they are still seeing hordes of patients at affordable costs. (NOTE: Within months, Albert Schweitzer trained natives fresh from the jungle to perform complex surgery.) From medicine to law, some of the schools in the U.S. are thinking of cutting the curriculum from three to two years (a paralegal studies two years), and putting the students to work as interns in their 3rd year.

    A three-year program in veterinary medicine is presumably rigorous, and the tuition exorbitant. Yet modern-day vets are no friend to animals. In days long gone, they charged their clients on a sliding scale, based upon income. A thing of the past. Millions of people of retirement age, or people of lower or middle income are barred from adopting dogs and cats that sit in the pound, waiting for the needle. Why? Because these people who want to adopt cannot afford veterinary care, the cost of which has soared light-years beyond the reach of all but high-income caregivers. One hundred and fifty-two dollars ($152.00) is a brutal fee for a lethal drug that costs the vet several dollars wholesale and takes him five minutes to inject into a dying animal. Two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) is criminal for an x-ray taken by a machine paid for already a thousand times over, a staggering fee for a negative taking a minute to process, and a minute to interpret.
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    In a similar vein (this from a post several days ago: ‘Many people abandon their cats when they realize they can cost a thousand dollars a year to care for.’)

    In his book The Tragic Sense of Life, Miguel de Unamuno defined love as ‘pity.’ A thin definition. As for love between humans, is it morally wrong to look for something more substantial than pity?

    Most people love to acquire new skills. To explore new realms of thought through study or experience. Enjoy flavorful meals. Travel on occasion. Buy nice things once a while. Broaden their horizons.

    In loving someone, is it unfair to hope that love will reward the lover with a modest degree of intellectual, esthetic and emotional gratification, a degree of likeness in tastes and values? Is it selfish for people to seek a human companion a ‘soul-mate’(yes – a cliché) who offers them a modicum of intellectual stimulus, moral and financial support, an interest in and a nuanced understanding of each other’s personalities?

    Yet Unamuno writes that love between people has, as its source, only the pity each feels for the other because they are mortal. Because they must die.

    Though many parents claim their animals are all they could wish for in a companion, parents who don’t feel this fulfillment are no less tender in giving their fur-child everything to enrich its life. It doesn’t matter its child lacks the power to give back a reciprocal enrichment. Because – who can deny this? – however endearing, what more can it give than what can be given by a mentally incompetent fellow human being? The pathos of serves only to intensify the animal’s lovability. It isn’t its fault, after all, that the evolution between cats, dogs and humans branched off into separate paths hundreds of millions of years ago. In spite of the ‘branching,’ a parent’s love for its fur-child is enduring. It doesn’t diminish because the animal’s love for its parent can never be more than intangible. With all its winning ways, all it can do is draw upon to the point of draining the parent’s resources in caring for himself – a start reality when he places his fur-child’s needs above his own.

    Even more self-abnegating, how can there be love when there’s no awareness of its presence? When the sight of a stray cat inspires nothing but sick disbelief at the prospect of still more years of servitude, still more years of increasing costs? And – in the last chapter – the abject sorrow when the animal sinks into everlasting death?

    Forget the freedom. Forget the savings. Forget the at-long-last getaways for a few days or a week or a month. Forget the whole thing, and buckle down to another 4,000 lbs. of canned and fresh meats for the next twenty years. Worming, ear and flea mite remedies. Spaying and neutering. Eight-hundred-and-fifty-dollar ($850.00) dental bills. Sky-high and perennially futile treatments for upper respiratory infections, cystitis and cancer, etc.

    None of this matters. Knowing what lies ahead, the sight of a vagabond cat in the yard hammers home with ringing blows the impossibility of ridding yourself of the intruder. Never mind your financial and emotional exhaustion in having to parent still another unwanted cat, your irrationality – which is ingrained – rules out handing over the cat to a ‘no-kill’ sanctuary (if there is such a thing), where he’ll sit in a cage for who knows how long, or end up with someone who forgets to feed him half the time.

    Unamuno was right. Love need have nothing to do with happiness. It takes root in the thinnest soil. In nothing but pity.

    • Thanks Sylvia Ann. Great comment. It seems you agree that para-vets (a better term perhaps) could be trained to do the basics. They would be above vet techs and below vets. Trained as good as vets but limited to certain procedures. This should force down costs and allow better access to veterinary services in countries and places where access is very limited.

  2. Ahsan does no one but you have cats as pets in their homes as part of their family? It seems most people there look upon them as a pest but if vets neutered and vaccinated them and took care of their health the problem of cats on the streets would eventually be solved.
    It must be such a heart breaking struggle for you and your daughter and it seems no one there wants to help.
    I wonder if people hate cats because they fear them?

    • Dee I have given my answers in another reply, what VET means in Pakistan. I am looking for a specialist VET only for cats not cows, sheep, goats.

      Yes, people believe (by their own) that cats and dogs are dirty nature animals. And they eat so much that if anyone start to feed them so it will be difficult for people to get rid of them because they do not like to feed animals, they want to fill their own bellies.

      Yes! they have assumed it for their selfish nature that cats are pests so kick them. 🙁

      No not anyone, no body helps us and we are alone with Allah’s help. It is only ALLAH Subhanahu who helps us and make it possible that we can take care of these free roaming fellows.

      HAHAHAHA People are ignorant and selfish. Just think for a while. He who do not fear of ALLAH can he fear for a cat????? 😉 hahahahaha

        • That’s OK Ahsan, Dee is my spiritual sister, it’s a pity we live in different countries.
          Do you believe in Karma? I really hope it does exist for all the cruel people in the world.
          I’m also interested, do you have vegetarians in your country? We go by the rule that we eat nothing which had a face in life, animals, birds, or fish.

          • I don’t like/love meat. It seems to me as I am eating myself but don’t tell anyone else RUTH 😉 and YES I believe in KARMA and I believe in hereafter life of JUSTICE.
            I love veges and variety of vege soups
            Thanks

            • Yes it would feel like eating yourself ha ha
              I love you Ahsan.
              I do feel there must be some justice for cruel people but it’s very hard to see animals suffering by them until Karma catches up.

      • You are very important to the cat world because you tell the world what it is like in Pakistan for cats. People in the West don’t know. I am sure there are other countries in Asia that are similar to Pakistan for the cat. It is a lesson for us all in Europe and North America.

        The Muslim faith does not protect cats because too many people are ignorant.

        • Dear MICHAEL!
          I am confirm about what I am gonna state right now.

          I am 100% sure that all (so called) Moslems/ Moslem states and all eatern SAARC countries and their people have the same problem as Pakistan and have the same psychology as PAKIS. whether they are INDIA, BANGLADESH, BHOTAN, SRI LANKA or etc.

          I look them with my single EYE and I confirm this, If some one has to say any thing against my statement, I bet to say, Please visit yourself to know the ground realities because I believe in TRUTH not assumptions or announcements.

          This is it MICHAEL! The west is the BEST for cats. EAST is really BEAST for human beings/animals. 🙁

          experience it yourself, welcome to PAKISTAN, INDIA, BHOTAN, SRI LANKA etc. 🙁 Be my personal guest MICHAEL 😉 <3

          • When ever you decide to travel to Pakistan, no tension no worries about residence and food. Its my utmost pleasure to have a guest like you. <3

            But . . . . .

            You have to afford the air ticket your self 😛

            😉 <3

          • You are allowed to say that and well said. Thank you. There is no doubt that from Iran onwards going East the cat is worse off. Also in parts of Eastern Europe the cat is worse off. Northern European countries are probably the best for the cat.

  3. Great words Michael

    My question:
    What if the govt. or people don’t want cats around the streets and they hate them, any solution then???? 🙁

    • Yes. Understood. The problem then goes back to something even more fundamental than the need for more veterinary services. It is more about how people relate to animals in general and whether we treat them with respect and decency. If people can’t do that they have to become educated and then they’ll realise that what they are doing wrong.

      • Exactly, this is what I mean.
        The cultural values
        not religious or general ideas.
        I mean GROUND REALITIES.

        Religion allows the welfare of cats
        Our Law is written in such a decent words.
        Our country is (so called) poor (while the politicians are the greatest liars and beggars of all).
        When we have a self made corruption.
        When we don’t want to accept clear words of Allaah Subhanahu and Mohemmud S.A.W. and wanna interpret every single simple order of them according to our selfishness likewise children of ISRAEL done with MOSES at his time.

        SO My friend!
        How many VETS we need here in PAKISTAN?????

    • Your situations is terrible, Ahsan.
      Ofcourse there wouldn’t be a big push for more vets, especially for cats and dogs, because they are hated. Therefore, vets wouldn’t be in demand.

      You are pursuing the only feasible thing you can, which is to educate yourself as much as possible about cats. It’s obvious how much learning you have already, much more than most people.

      Like Ruth, I can’t find any legitimate online vet services that would be able to consult with you. But, it may be worth your while to email various organizations such as the Humane Society International and ask them questions.

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