Dec 24th - We are just finishing cooking Christmas dinner. Everyone is going to the kitchen to dish up. I take a moment to relax and hit the recliner. Pull the lever and.... MEOW! I hear a very unpleasant noise from underneath. While frozen in a state of fear, my brother in law helps move to allow the cat to escape. She runs up the stairs. I follow. After tearing up my bedroom to uncover her hiding spot, I take her down to the emergency Vet clinic. She seems to be moving around ok, just limping a bit. The vet thinks it may just be a soft tissue injury and to watch her for the next couple of days. Dec 26th - Kitty gets stuck on one of the stairs and does not move from that spot for quite a few hours. We wrangle her up and go back to the vet. They take an xray and her pelvis is broken. They keep her over-night and we pick her up the next morning with a schwack of pain medication. We talk about surgery vs cage rest. They want us back in a week to follow up. Yesterday - I bring kitty in for her follow up. She has been on strict cage rest since the last appointment. She has been eating/drinking well. No problems with the exits either. Well, at the follow-up a new xray is taken and apparently the fracture has shifted. They say surgery is likely now. They give me the specialists number and lots more pain medication. I've phoned the surgeons office to get some details about the procedure and will likely be booking the consultation for this. My wife is too upset to talk to the doctors about this, so I am the one who gets to ask the questions while at work... trying to coordinate everything. Here are the problems I am having: 1. She is an older cat (definitely on the downward portion of the hill). 2. She is an over-weight cat (our fault as much as hers -- but she is a nervous eater and porked out after our last cat died, we suspect she went through a little depression during that time). 3. She is a smelly cat -- she has been since the day she was brought home. Never really cleaned herself properly. It is hard to have her crawling around you when all you can smell is ass. That and pinning her down on a regular basis to clean her is a fight every time. From what we have been told, we are looking at around $2K at least for the surgery (cost is therefore a factor). I worry about her going under the anesthesia (given her size and age). I worry about the recovery, especially with her weight issues. Issue number 3 does not seem to be getting better any time soon. How long can we expect her to live assuming everything is fine? What if there are complications? I know these are only questions the vet can answer, but I just need to throw them out there. I don't want to be one of those people, but I have some trouble justifying investing a large chunk of change into this. This is where the giant turd feelings are coming from. I know the vet will recommend the surgery as they would like to save the animal no matter what (they don't take cost into the equation -- which is the right way to treatment plan). I do the same thing with my job -- you give people a choice and they may not make the one you want them to... but ultimately it is their choice. She is a very loving cat when she wants to be. She is also a grumpy old bag when she wants to be. I know how retarded it is when people ask for medical advice here, and that is not the purpose. I don't really know the point of this thread... maybe more just to write out what I am thinking. We kind of need to shit or get off the pot here, as this is a quality of life type of thing for the kitty. Thanks for reading.