Over in Olney, Buckinghamshire, a black cat named Cadbury is sitting in his favorite spot in the conservatory and meowing with delight. But that’s no ordinary meow. His is a $17,000 meow.
His guardian, Jean Kelly, paid 10,000 (about $17,500) for corrective surgery to fix Cadbury’s meower. After he suddenly lost his voice, he was diagnosed with a paralyzed larynx, which was blocking his throat. Two operations were required to fix the condition. Ms Kelly’s insurance, Petplan, paid 6,000 (about $10,500) of the costs, but she had to fork over the remaining 4,000 ($7,000) out-of-pocket. She put a planned holiday to Namibia on hold to pay for the treatment, which involved a stint in intensive care, six days in an oxygen tent and four months of nursing care.
She’s had Cadbury since he was five months old and he followed her sister home. When asked why she would spend such a princely sum to fix a condition that was not life-threatening, she responded, “It was never about me it was about Cadbury and his quality of life. I know hes not a young cat but I wanted to give him a fighting chance.”