He Ignored His Sister’s Advice Even Though She’s a Vet and Now She Refuses to Help His Dying Cat

A female vet tech reached a breaking point with her brother’s inability to follow her instructions, resulting in her refusal to assist his dying cat. Here’s what she had to say about the situation.

The Vet Tech Lived With Her Own Family

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

The Cat Showed Signs Of Illness

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About eight months ago, one of the family’s cats began losing weight. The woman, being an expert, went to her parent’s house to examine the cat, only to find it was suffering from weight loss and dehydration from not eating.

The Vet Tech Offered Advice

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“My first word of advice has always been to take them to a vet if they are ill, but they have always been incredibly resistant to spending any money on medical care for their pets,” the woman explained. 

The Sister Had Given Strict Instructions

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Seven years prior, she had paid $3,000 for a lifesaving surgery for the same cat when her father had said to just “let him die.” The condition of her paying for this surgery was that the cat would become an indoor cat for the rest of its life, and the family agreed.

The Woman’s Advice Was Ignored

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However, her brother continued to let the cat outside daily, despite warnings about the risks, particularly since the cat was unvaccinated and not being given any flea/tick prevention. Recently, when the cat again showed signs of illness, her family again asked for the vet tech’s opinion.

The Family Finally Take The Cat To A Vet

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The woman responded, “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.”

The Diagnosis Was Inconclusive

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The blood work results indicated that the cat either contracted a serious illness from a stray cat or had cancer, requiring further tests for a proper diagnosis.

The parents refused additional testing and opted for palliative care by providing subcutaneous fluids to hydrate the cat. 

The Cat’s Condition Gets Worse

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Two weeks later, the brother called his sister up, crying and frantic, as the cat could no longer lift its head and seemed to be dying. He wanted her to help him, but struggling with pregnancy hormones and frustrated that her advice had been ignored, she lost her temper and refused to help, and even suggested that her brother was to blame for the cat’s condition.

The Vet Tech Refused To Help

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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,” the vet tech added.

The Cat Was Euthanized

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Eventually, the brother and their mother took the cat to an emergency hospital and had it put to sleep. Since that day, the brother has not spoken to his sister. Another sibling informed the vet tech that he felt that she blamed him for the cat’s death.

The Brother Won’t Speak To His Sister

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 Although the sister has apologized several times through text messages for her outburst, her brother has not responded, leaving her to wonder if she deserves this treatment. 

Was The Woman Cold-hearted?

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She decided to ask the opinion of the online community as to whether she was unforgivably wrong to lose her temper as she did and refuse to help her brother when he was clearly in distress.

The Internet Responded

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One internet user said, “NTA. 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 responded, “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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