From My Furbaby

From my furbaby

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My cat Athena in deep thought

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Kitten

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Did you know that an un-neutered female cat can be responsible for over 20,000 descendants in only five years?

With so many homeless cats in rescue shelters needing homes and not enough homes to take them, it makes sense to neuter and spay then, doesn’t it?

Not only does spaying prevent pregnancy in females but it can also help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Spaying your female kitten also means she won’t go into heat and be yowling all night for a mate, which is usually four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.

Neutering your male cat provides major health benefits for him too. Besides preventing him from being the father of many litters, neutering your male cat can prevent testicular cancer.

Male cats have a strong tendency to roam and mark their territory by spraying urine (often indoors). The un-neutered male cat can also be aggressive towards other cats which puts him at a higher risk of serious infectious disease, such as feline immunodeficiency virus (feline ‘AIDS’) and feline leukemia virus. Both these diseases are usually transmitted through cat bites.

When to neuter or spay your cat.
Kittens reach sexual maturity from around the age of 5 to 8 months, so the best you can do for your kitten is to get it spayed or neutered then.

What does spaying involve?
OK, now for the squeamish bit, which is not as bad as it sounds really, and I don’t mean to put you off.

Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus (under general anaesthetic). Your vet will of course ask you to withhold food from your pet the evening prior to the operation. Before procedure an incision will have to be made in the abdomen (some fur will be shaved). Usually your kitten will be able to return home the same day and most cats feel back to normal by the next day.

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Neutering the male cat (castration)
Castration of the male cat involves removing the cat’s testes under general anaesthetic through small incisions into the scrotum. The vet will ask you to fast your cat in the evening prior to surgery. The kitten will usually be able to go home the same day.

Please don’t worry as cats usually recover from the neutering operation quite quickly. Obviously, they can be a little drowsy at first, but by the next day they are soon back to their usual lively selves.

Make sure you keep your kitten indoors so that the wound can heal. The vet will probably give you a special collar for your cat to wear to prevent any damage being done to the wound should he or she start to scratch it.

Remembering Suzy (1985-98)

Suzy, my beautiful black and white cat, is another of my soulmate cats that I write about in my memoir. She crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on 29 June 1998.

Suzy Angel
To me she was my firstborn girl. She saw me through some really tough times. I was only nineteen when she came into my life but we bonded immediately. She wanted me to be her mum. You could say she was my brother’s cat because he was the one that brought her from the pet shop. We’d just lost another black and white cat, Cas, who I don’t remember bonding so well with. We had Cas (short for Cassiopeia) for two years and she suddenly disappeared. I was heartbroken and at that time didn’t really want another cat. 

But Suzy (like my current fur baby Athena) was another angel that came into my life for a reason. She came to help and teach me. To show me the true value of love. To show me what really matters in life. To show me that I too could feel kinship with another soul.

Tiny Kitten

Suzy was a special cat alright. I loved her adorable little pink nose and her gorgeous big green eyes. Eyes that looked right into my soul, as if she too recognized a kindred spirit. Just thinking about the deep bond we shared and the love we had for each other brings tears to my eyes. But I know she is safe with the angels now. Waiting for our time to be reunited.

It’s so hard writing this post, and it’s taking me a while. Every word I write stabs at my heart. I miss my little girl. She was such a loyal cat, choosing to stick around with our dysfunctional family right to the end,  This just proves that cats can be just as  loyal as dogs, which is what I’ve always believed anyway.

I’m currently writing a book about her (part fictional) but it’s a slow process, mainly because it pains me so to write about her. But I will write that book in her honour. She truly deserves it.

Rest in Peace my sweet angel, and look after your granddaddy. I promise I will finish your book soon. It’s just that I need a little help from you, my precious girl xxxx

Rest In Peace Suzy

RIP Dad and Suzy

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