Lynne, I understand. 

I always insist on blood work up as that will tell you if everything is normal, 
no matter what the age of the cat. Some vets only want to do this on older cats.

I would give her L-lysine twice a day, 500 mg each time until she goes in and 
for a few days after she gets home (late notice I realize) ~ this is for the 
herpes. Winston's acts up when he is stressed and he gets stressed going to the 
vet. I crush a 500mg pill and mix in with canned food.

I recommend,if you are so inclined, you turn this over to your higher power, 
the universe, etc and RELEASE any negative energy you are carrying about this. 
You don't want Snowy to pick up on your fears. I find I bring to myself those 
things I fear...Frankie is having a biopsy tomorrow so I am in the midst of 
this process, too. I practice breathing when I go to that place of fear... I 
take a breath in and think or say "in with peace" and breathe out and think or 
say "out with negativity"). The serenity prayer is another way I calm myself.

Our best to you and Snowy.
Laurie and Frankie
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 7:47 PM
  Subject: spaying

  Hi all,

  I haven't posted in a while but have been reading all the emails.  I guess 
this is a little off topic but I need some reassurance.  This coming Thursday 
we are taking our Snowy in to be spayed.  It was part of the contract I signed 
when we adopted her from the foster mom. She's the rescued girl we got after 
BooBoo died.  She's a 3 year old persian and I am scared to death about doing 
this.  We've had her for about a month and the vet thought it a good idea that 
we wait til she adjusted to us, which took about a day.  She had been neglected 
in the past and had basically lived in a cage until she was rescued.  She had 
feline herpes and a respiratory infection when she was taken but recovered 
nicely and was immunized when we got her.  I just keep thinking that if we had 
not had BooBoo neutered he may have fared better.  I truly believe that it 
hastened his demise.  I hope I'm wrong about this and even though we have 
always had our cats neutered, I realize spaying is a little more complicated.  
The vet assured us she would be fine but if we lost her I don't think we'd ever 
recover.  She is an amazing precious little girl.  We haven't had a younger cat 
in the house for a long time and she is so playful and comes to bed with me 
every night when I go upstairs.  She talks to us all the time in these little 
meows and you can tell she is really happy.

  The field worker who investigated BooBoo's previous owners came by last week 
to meet her and see how she was doing and was amazed at her too.  He commented 
that we were lucky to get her because hundreds of people applied.  She's kind 
of a poster child in this area for abused animals.  He also said she was very 
lucky to have got us, which was very nice of him.


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