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post #1 of 11
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Walked right into the vets office today ( a new one, not the one we have used for years for other pets) to check out the smell, cleanliness, etc, before I take the cats there. We had gotten some money, and told dh that we really needed to get Oreo some care (her tummy is getting big again, and she is yowling again in the night, where she had stopped for a couple weeks), and it is time to get merlin his shots.

So I walked right in, asked when I could get her in to get spayed, shots, etc, and they said I could bring her in tomorrow at 8 am! And to bring in Merlin at the same time for his check up, and then we will leave her there and pick her up in the afternoon.

I do have a worry. I asked "what if she is pregnant" and she said "that will be an extra charge"- so I guess that means that they will take the babies as well. I am having a real moral dillema here. I KNOW we cannot afford or desire her to have another litter so soon- AND the possiblity is slim since she has come to our house (she has been in the house over a month now, and outside only 4 times for about 30 min tops each time since July 2). So, morally, is it the SAME as ending a pregnancy for a human? I know I am probably opening a HUGE HUGE can of worms by asking this question. I am asking for YOUR OPINION and PLEASE don't respond to others opinions, I just want to be fully informed before tomorrow. I guess I just need to wait until tomorrow and make the decision, but knowing that the d-wormer worked somewhat a couple weeks ago, I am hoping the worms are BACK! rofl!

So, today we bought 2 collars for the cats, a carrier at petco that came with a lambswool blanket, and some more litter (it is on sale for $9.99, with a $1 off coupon ON the bucket!). I figure the best place for Oreo to be for the next few days will be in the carrier to recoup since that durn baby still thinks he needs to nurse! Maybe this will break him! He will NOT be happy! Neither will she, though- any other Post- Op Tips before I bring her home?

Thanks EVERYONE! I appreciate all your input!
post #2 of 11
Its up to you. Animals cannot feel a sense of loss if an abortion is done. Alothough I do not like it, the fact is there are WWAAAYY too many cats and kittens suffering in shelters, and being put to death. If you do decide to go along wth it, you must find a home for each and every kitten.
post #3 of 11
It's really up to how you feel about it. The cat will not miss the babies though if aborted during a spay. I know I would never be able to do it though but that's just me. I hope she does well during her operation, if it's done.
post #4 of 11
What happens if the kittens are born? Other kittens die because those took up homes.

Realistically, if you cannot afford to vaccinate & spay/neuter all the kittens PRIOR to placing them in new homes, spay her now. It matters none to a cat.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
What happens if the kittens are born? Other kittens die because those took up homes.

Realistically, if you cannot afford to vaccinate & spay/neuter all the kittens PRIOR to placing them in new homes, spay her now. It matters none to a cat.


I'll say it again, people wouldn't have this problem if they didn't allow cats who are not s/n outside.

Please spay your cat.
post #6 of 11
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I'll say it again, people wouldn't have this problem if they didn't allow cats who are not s/n outside.

Please spay your cat.
Thank you Everyone for your insightful input! I knew you all would be "johnny on the spot" and give me the educated advice I needed to hear. I asked dh last night what to do and he said he had no problem going ahead with the spay if it cost a little more! "It's just a cat". But reading your KIND way of putting it, I know that I will be fine with this decision.

I am taking my kids with- so I will have to caution the dr that if he/she (don't know yet!) suspects or knows she is prego, not to say it out loud, cuz I told the girls yesterday - it was their question too- that if she was pregnant they wouldn't spay her, and I had decided that I would just tell them she wasn't pregnant, no matter what. Some things kids just DON'T need to know. They were upset enough when I told them (thank you MEDIA) that they would put her to sleep to do the surgery "You mean they are gonna KILL HER"???? grrrrr NO NO NO.

On the up side- I have put the carrier out for them to explore and smell, and yesterday she would just sit on top of it, but this morning she got inside of it and was laying down on the lambswool blanket! HE loved it yesterday and climbed right into it. Will see how long THAT lasts! lol
post #7 of 11
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Ok, back with Merlin, he's doing good, had blood draw for Luke/aids- it was negative, so they don't have to do the test on mom! They are so cool there, they give you the options, but don't MAKE you spend extra money and tell you " you have to do it!" Like the one place that told me "it's an extra Twentysomething dollars for laser spay, and that is all that dr does, so you have to pay it!"

He got dewormer, and one shot, has to go back in 4 weeks for 2nd shots. Now I just have to wait and worry about Oreo until she gets home.
post #8 of 11
Glad to hear you are taking responsibility and getting the cats spayed/neuter, health checked, and vaccinated. What a good cat mommy you are! And doesn't it feel good to be doing the right thing?!
post #9 of 11
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Yeah, I love being a good mommy, I hate that the previous owners weren't! Oh well, you do what you gotta do- like dh says "in for a penny, in for a pound"
post #10 of 11
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Well, we were able to pick up Oreo after 2, so promptly at 2 my kids made me go get her! They said she was NOT prego! BUT that her uterus WAS large meaning it looked like she was getting ready to be in heat. She is home and eating and drinking well, not stomach upset. They said to keep her and Merlin "seperated for a while- maybe a week" so she can heal and he doesn't try to nurse. As little as he was nursing anymore, I bet she will dry up and he won't nurse anymore. So, he will have "supervised visits" with her in Our bedroom, and she will prolly go NUTS for a week in our room (it isn't big). Might confine him to a room and let her roam the house for a couple hrs here and there.
post #11 of 11
I am glad she wasn't pregnant, and that she is now spayed and can enjoy life with no pesky heats or health risks.
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