There are five cats in our household and we had just about got them all trained and behaving well, when last Saturday one of them started acting weird. “Spotty girl” was extra fussy, affectionate, rubbing her head on everything, crying, and holding her backside up in the air. All classic signs of being in heat. Her behavior was affecting the other cats and the kitties and humans were all on edge.
So it was off to the vet to try to figure out why a spayed cat is in heat. Theoretically, once you remove the reproductive parts, girl kitties don’t go looking for boy kitties in that way. Well, after a bit of web searching and conversation with our vet, turns out it’s possible that the original spay operation may have left some female parts inside.
We managed to get our Spotty kitty scheduled for surgery last Tuesday. Our vet found an entire ovary was left behind by the surgeon at the animal shelter where the spay was done last summer. Our vet removed it, but I think he was a little hurt when I declined to take home the little test tube where he’d placed the offending ovary. I explained, again, that we hadn’t paid for the first procedure so the evidence of error wasn’t going to be that useful to me as I had no intention of confronting the shelter people.
Since Tuesday we’ve had to keep our little patient separated from her siblings who don’t understand the concept of, “your sister has just had surgery and you can’t play chase and fight with her.” The separation hasn’t been met with joy and has been a source of human and kitty stress.
As if that wasn’t enough kitty fun, our senior cat, Spirit had her six month senior check up on Thursday, which resulted in a rather large number of lab tests as we suspect she has kidney disease. Have you ever had to get a urine sample, from a cat, for your vet? I won’t go in to details. Somethings are better not known unless you really, really need to know.
Either Myself or Heather, have been at the vet’s office every day this week except Wednesday.
Today life is somewhat better in the house. Spotty is recovering and we’re allowing some play-time between the siblings, I finished Spirit’s new kitty tower, and I’ve delayed my retirement plans for a couple of years so I can finish paying all the vet bills we racked up this month.
The cats are cute and expensive. Let’s just say the vet now has a down payment on that new car he’s thinking about.
Next week I’ll have pictures of the new room we’re having the contractor build for our kitties.
Till next week,