Hi Lynne,

I would check the contract you have with the agency from which you adopted
her.  It is likely the adoption is conditional on you getting her spayed -
this is why we do not adopt out unspayed animals btw.

Unless there is some severe underlying health issue, which the vet should
have advised you of, it is always healthier for the cat to be altered.  It
reduces or eliminates the chances of certain types of cancer, it eliminates
the chance of unplanned pregnancies, etc.

On Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 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
> Lynne
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