A Veterinary Technician Refused to Help Her Brother’s Dying Cat Because He Ignored Her Advice – Would You Have Helped?

This vet technician recently got frustrated at her brother for not taking her advice on their cat’s health. Eventually, the sick cat died and now she questioned if she was wrong for getting furious. Here’s what she had to say.

The Vet Technician Had a Small Family

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The woman, aged 33, worked as a vet tech. She lived with her husband and their new baby. She had a  23-year-old brother who was in college and stayed with their parents.

There Was a Sick Cat in the Family

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Around eight months ago, one of their cats got sick. Since she was a veterinary technician and knew a lot about animals, she visited her parents’ house. She found that the cat was losing weight and not eating, which was making it dehydrated.

She Gave Advice as an Expert

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She suggested taking the cat to a vet. But her family didn’t want to spend money on medical care for their pets. She was upset because she had paid about $3,000 for surgery for the same cat a few years back. The condition of her paying for this surgery was that the cat would become an indoor cat for the rest of its life, and her family agreed.

They Ignored Her Expert Advice

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Despite her warnings, her brother continued letting the cat go outside. This was risky, especially because the cat wasn’t protected from diseases. The cat got sick again, and her family asked for her opinion.

They Finally Went to a Vet

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“I tell them I can perform blood work at my job, but because I work in a specialty practice, they would be better off going to a regular vet. To my surprise, they agreed and took him to a local vet,” she said. The tests showed that the cat was seriously ill, either from another stray cat or cancer.

They Needed Further Help

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When the cat’s condition worsened, her brother asked her for help. She was pregnant at the time. She got angry that her advice had been ignored in the past. So she refused to help. She also blamed her brother for the cat’s condition.

The Cat Died

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“I told him to deal with it himself and that he didn’t need me to have the cat put to sleep. I feel like he wanted me to offer monetary assistance, but he didn’t outright ask,” she said. Eventually, her brother and her mother had the cat put to sleep at an emergency hospital.

Their Relationship Became Sour

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After this, her brother stopped talking to her, and he thought she blamed him for the cat’s death. Although she had apologized several times through text messages for her outburst, her brother refused to respond, leaving her to wonder if she overreacted.

Was She Wrong?

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She questioned if she was wrong for losing her temper and not helping her brother when he was upset. She wanted to know if her actions were unforgivable.

People Online Responded

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One internet user said, “It is very likely to be his fault because he didn’t follow your instructions. Also, there was nothing you could have done anyway to help the cat.”

Another said, “Brother is 23 years old; I agree he should be old enough to understand it’s his fault for not listening to a vet tech, and these are the consequences of his own actions. The sister shouldn’t need to coddle him.”

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