X-Message-Number: 12114
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 18:33:18 EDT
Subject: another feline patient

Cryonics Institute has cryopreserved another cat, the pet of a CI member. 
That brings our patient population to six cats, four dogs, and thirty 
humans--all whole-body. 

In the case of pets, we do not do the initial procedures, only the storage. 
Initial procedures should be done locally by a veterinarian. We will supply 
suggestions and solutions. 

The cost--a one-time payment, for CI members only--starts at $6,500 for a 
cat, exclusive of veterinary and other local and transporation expenses. For 
dogs, cost depends on size, and will be roughly proportional to the minimum 
for humans of $28,000, based on weight. 

Pets have an advantage over humans in at least one way--they can be humanely 
anaesthetized and cryopreserved without waiting for natural death, if they 
are clearly terminal or if quality of life has become too low.

We haven't had any birds yet, but expect we will eventually. The smartest 
non-human animal in the world may be the African gray parrot, some of which 
have been credibly reported to be able to carry on sensible conversations in 
human languages, as well as to develop emotional attachments. They live much 
longer than dogs and cats.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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