Stanley the cat, recipient of $19K kidney transplant, dies

BALTIMORE (AP) — The 18-year-old Baltimore cat who received a $19,000 kidney transplant just over a year ago has died.

Stanley the cat’s owner, Betsy Boyd, tells The Baltimore Sun she made the decision to put him to sleep Friday. She said he became ill a few weeks ago, and was then diagnosed with peritonitis, a severe inflammation of the abdomen.

The newspaper had profiled Stanley and Boyd in March , reporting she spent 41 percent of her salary on Stanley’s transplant. The newspaper reported this week that in total, Boyd has invested around $30,000 in Stanley.

She says she was criticized after Stanley’s transplant made headlines nationwide, but says her priority was making sure Stanley had the most comfortable life.

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She has five other cats, including the Stanley’s kidney donor, whom she adopted.

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