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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Public Service Announcement - Spay/neuter

I lost one of "my" shelter girls this week.

She came in as a stray around 3 years old, in rough shape (very hungry and dirty), and she was one of those strays who gets into the shelter and says "Hey...all I can eat, warm bed, lots of attention...this ROCKS!" She loved everyone and made friends instantly with both humans and other cats, very talkative and chatty...sweet, sweet kitty. She waited patiently these last couple of weeks to be spayed until she'd gained enough weight for anaesthesia, playing with her cage-mates and helping the volunteers with cleaning duties.

When she went in to be spayed, they discovered an enormous uterine tumor, and she was euthanized before waking up.

Please, spay and neuter your pets, for their own good health. There's no good reason this little girl should have died just because no one cared enough to spay her.

It's not an exciting or horrifying story, but it happens far too often.

Edited because I can't spell tonight.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 10:00 PM
 
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Sorry that you lost this cat its always so sad,

This is a bit like preaching to the already converted tho isnt it?
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 10:38 PM
 
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I Agree Gudewife. unless you are a breeder and ontop of your cats healthcare. you NEED TO spay or neuter your cat. its like denying your child healthcare when he or she is sick
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry that you lost this cat its always so sad,

This is a bit like preaching to the already converted tho isnt it?
It's not...if it comes up for someone searching the forum for "why spay/neuter?" info, or if it sticks in someone's head, someone who later encounters a cat owner with the attitude of "well, she's an indoor-only cat and doesn't need to be spayed," and they can use that story as an example of what can happen to intact cats...well, then it's worth posting.

And little Em's life ought to have been worth something.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 05:05 PM
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Thank you for posting this. I had my two girls spayed yesterday.

Though I might have to eat ramen until the end of the month

The girls I took to be spayed didn't seem as traumatized as I thought they would be. They actually seemed fine and looked good right after the procedure. For me, I think spaying is a very "natural" thing to do....however I know plenty of people who think otherwise.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 05:28 PM
 
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I'm very sorry to hear this.

You can never say enough positive things about altering your animals, in my opinion.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 06:16 PM
 
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I'm so sorry that you lost her...that's too bad.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 08:41 PM
 
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I am sorry for your loss. It never hurts to throw out a reminder to people to spay/neuter your pets. While there are many on this board that already know there are many that do not. I found this forum while trying to get to the root of a problem with my kitty. I was unsure and had questions. I have learned a lot on this forum but when I first visited I was pretty much in the dark on a lot of things. I think there are people who visit this forum that don't realize the importance or think their particular situation makes it okay to not spay/neuter.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 11:00 PM
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When I joined this forum I was a newbie to the cat world.
I had had a cat when I was young but now there is so much
more good information. New ways of doing things, new meds,
new attitudes. I keep learning and learning here. It is never
preaching to the choir here. Theres always new people and
people surfing briefly here for answers.

Im so sorry this happened to this sweet shelter kitty.
My heart goes out to her and all who loved her.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 03:18 AM
 
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people who don't spay their pets don't deserve to have them.

It's not cheap but lots of places have spay/neuter clinics that will do it cheap. I got my boy done for $50 and the girl is getting done as soon as she is 6 months old.
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