Sunday, March 18, 2012
Happy Kitty, Spayed Kitty
That's Scout, back from her spay. Taking this little ball of cuteness to have invasive surgery made me feel so nervous and so guilty. And a little ridiculous for being so protective.
Of course, I know how important it is to spay and neuter your pets - there are tens of millions of stray animals in America, of which Scout used to be one. (I should just get "SUCKER" tattooed across my forehead, although the animals already seem to have figured it out.) Spayed/neutered animals also live longer, are at much lower- to no-risk for reproductive cancers, are less likely to roam, and don't have to suffer through heat cycles (more detailed explanation here). The owners don't have to suffer anymore, either.
This would not work in all situations, but for $5 more at the vet's office, I was able to get Scout a flexible e-collar. She is SO much happier, since the soft version still lets her sleep on my head (which is extra-cute since the collar is often wet from Scout sticking her head in the water bowl. It's water-resistant, not waterproof). She can clean her lower body, but the belly is definitely out of reach. The string has come loose about twice over the last five days, but never fallen off. She doesn't really seem to notice its presence - but then again, she is a pretty oblivious cat.
I'll be washing and saving the collar in case it's needed in the future, or if boyfriend doesn't stop scratching that rash on his arm. Nontoxic and reusable - that's green, baby.