Good for Snowy! "Putting a job on him" when he called her a bad kitty.  

Personally, I am always pro spay/neuter and it would take a very unusual
circumstance for me not to have an animal of mine fixed.  They end up with
so much less stress when they are altered.




[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Marylyn
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 1:59 AM
Subject: Re: spaying


If you do, consider having a vet who uses laser or its equivalent do it.
There is supposed to be less bleeding and less stress.  I am not saying spay
or not, but check this out.  

On Jun 21, 2008, at 9:42 AM, Lynne wrote:

Here I go again, waffling about neutering my cat.  I need some honest advice
here.  Don't just tell me what I want to hear but what I must hear.


I haven't owned too many cats in my life, 3 to be exact because they all
lived very long lives.  Then came BooBoo and all the tragedy associated with
Feline leukemia, FIP etc.  I still say I shouldn't have neutered him (age 5)
and that stress contributed to his very quick demise.  My other cats have
always been neutered before we got them (from the humane society.)  Now we
have Snowy, the 3 and a half year old rescued cat who was very ill with
feline herpes virus.  It caused some scarring in one eye and apparently it
took 2 months in a foster home to get her eyes and respiratory tract
infection treated.  She is seemingly very healthy, the vet says she has a
strong heart.  What I did learn about her though was that she did have a
litter of kittens at one point and they all died.  I have read that it can
be complicated to spay a cat that has had a litter and that is why it is
best to do it at a young age.  I have her scheduled to go in this Tuesday
and I'm petrified.  I would absolutely die if something were to happen to
her.  I worry about the stress and her history of Herpes virus.  She's such
a happy and loving little girl but becomes very aggitated over having her
eyes cleaned daily and being brushed, necessary things for a persian.  When
we got her about two weeks later we discovered she had a very horrible
ingrown nail and took her to the emergency vet to have it surgically
removed.  It was a horrible sight.  She had to be put under she was so
hysterical.  The vet even told us we had a bad kitty because I guess she put
a job on him. From what I can tell she has not gone into heat during the
time we've owned her which is around 4 months now.  She's an indoor cat but
is allowed to go outside with us and Lenny for fresh air and nature.
Neither cat is ever let outside without at least one of us in the yard with
them and both stay very close.  It is impossible for either one go get out
of the back yard, but yes, it is possible for an agile male to find his way
in.  Like I mentioned, they both are supervised diligently and only let out
for a short time.  90% of the time they are inside or in the screened patio.


I know ultimately this is my decision but I would truly appreciate any
thoughts you wonderful people might have on the subject.


Many thanks


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